Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tick-tock, Tick-tock...Time's ticking away...

One of my most favorite songs by the late master blues artist, Stevie Ray Vaughan is a song that he and his brother Jimmie did together called "Tick Tock".

Here are the lyrics:
__________________________

One night while sleeping in my bed
I had a beautiful dream
That all the people of the world got together
On the same wavelength
And began helping one another
Now in this dream universal love was the theme of the day
Peace and understanding and it happened this way

The Sick, the hungry, had smiles on their faces
The tired and the homeless had family all around
The streets and the cities were all beautiful places
And the walls came tumblin' down

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Remember
Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away

I had a vision of blue skies from sea to shining sea
All the trees in the forest stood strong and tall again
Everything was clean and pretty and safe for you and me
The worst of enemies became the best of friends

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Remember
Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away

Remember that, remember that
Remember that, remember that

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forwad to a future

Remember
Tick tock, tick tock, tock tock people
Time's tickin' away
Remember that
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock peple
Time's tickin' away
____________________

As I was working in my garden yesterday, I was singing this song in my head. When I think of the words that are expressed in this song, it makes me wonder how far we have gotten away from this. How people battle against one another. Countries against countries, neighbors against neighbors, friends against friends, and even family against family.

I think a lot of times we lose sight as to what is truly important in our lives. We tend to get focused on our own agendas and what WE want, rather than trying to meet the needs of others. Lashing out at those around us if they aren't seeing "our way".

Recently I made a "foot in mouth" comment to a friend. All because I read what she wrote wrong. I lashed out, rather harshly and afterwards when I found out that I had misread her post entirely, I had to eat humble pie. Thankfully she had a kind enough heart to forgive me after I sought her forgiveness. How easily we jump to conclusions and in turn that leads to "fighting and contention".

I'm going to try my darndest to keep my foot out of my mouth today and in the future and sow peace, rather than scattering seeds of discord with those around me.

~J.~

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