If you've followed (or checked in on) this blog for several years then you already know the I've loved the music of Michael Franti & Spearhead. Today I want to focus in on attitudes. I don't know about the rest of the world but here in "United" States there has been so much negativity and to be honest there have been way too many times I've gotten sucked into that deep dark black hole. Sometimes with reason sometimes for no reason at all except that's the environment I'm in. It's been especially challenging the past 10 years. Well we need to check our attitudes look at the source and either decide to continue the "downward spiral" or change our attitudes. The music of Michael Franti has been that attitude check for me. Here are 3 videos of his music from the past 2-3 years that help. Stay Human. Recognize that people who create headaches and trouble are STILL people. Don't get sucked into typecasting people as villains, enemies, animals, evil etc. When we curse other humans we curse what is human in us. We all have weaknesses, lapses in judgement, we at times can be villains, enemies, animals, evil etc. And the good thing is that we never stay that way. What makes it seem different for some other people - people/celebrities/politicians - is that the media only shows the side of people that are evil, "animals", "enemies" and villains. But enough talk because - I could write a whole lot more - just enjoy the music and videos. So check your attitude and remember with all the bad shit that happens good shit happens also. And work hard and be nice to others even those you don't like or agree with. Remember when you get/got up this morning it was a good day for a good day. If you're unable to view the videos go ahead and lookup the following on YouTube and hopefully you'll be able to find a version that is available in your country: Michael Franti & Spearhead - Good Shit Happens Work Hard And Be Nice Good Day For A Good Day
This goes out to all my friends. The world is so fucked up but I’m on your side.
I’ve struggled with depression on and off for years. I had been free from it for quite a while but for the past 3+ years it has been circling like a vulture and now has landed again.
I’m not a religious person and tend to see spiritual texts in the broader context of human experience. With That in mind, here are some texts that I draw strength from. May they do the same for you.
There is Hope
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…. ~ Isaiah 61:1-2(a)
This to Shall Pass
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Meaningless… and that’s okay
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:2
This to is okay… but don’t think this is what God wants for you or that God did this deliberately, willingly. Shit happens because God gave us free will.
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone. ~ Lamentations 3:18-33
Because we have free will we can do evil or good. You decide.
When everything we do is monitored – everything is condemned
Where everything is condemned – nothing is permitted
Where nothing is permitted – there is NO freedom.
Now’s the time to YELL FIRE!