Isn’t it marvelous when a burden is lifted from your
shoulders? When you know that everything is finally
going to be all right. I have three grown children who
when they are ‘down’ or have worries, I feel some of
that empathetic worry, myself.
On my way to work, I heard the band, Kansas, singing a
song straight to my heart. It was such an appropriate
song for this first day of freedom from worry for one
of my loved ones! This progressive rock band’s single,
an oldie but goodie, begins like this:
“Carry on, my wayward son,
There’ll be peace when you are done.
Lay your weary head to rest,
Don’t you cry no more.”
(Written by Kerry Livgren, 1976.)
One of my children no longer has to feel like there
isn’t closure in a personal situation. I am so happy that
I will be walking around, sighing in relief, possibly this
could have been noticeable to others, had they been working
in my area today.
I wanted to write a poem expressing this wondrous feeling
of joy and weightlessness, floating around the atmosphere…
but I just couldn’t write poetry today.
Instead I thought of a list, one that would have life’s
irritations and burdens included. Where you, as readers,
may choose one that really had an impact on your life.
A time when it was very challenging to put one foot
before the other one, making moving forward an almost
Here are a few feelings you may relate to, have had
experiences with and have made it through to “the
Life’s Abrupt Changes.
Debilitating Illness or Disease.
Death of Loved One(s.)
Death of Friend(s).
Death of a Beloved Pet.
A Series of Uncontrollable Events.
Break up/ heart break.
Piles of bills and debt.
In my family member’s case, something had been left
opened for years, festering, lasting longer than it
deserved to. It had a ‘hold’ on my loved one, who was
dwelling on it and not really enjoying life as much as
they should have been. Closure was reached last night!
The more recent American indie band, Fun, put out a great
lively song called, “Carry On,” (2012). The lyrics were
written by a combination of the band members and producer.
Nate Reuss, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff and Jeff Bhosker.
Another song with the name of “Carry On,” performed by
the legendary band of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was
written in 1991,by Stephen Stills. It is meaningfully
written about relationships.
Although the Disney movie, “Frozen,” won for the song,
“Let It Go,” I chose this song because my grandkids love
to belt it out, both boys and girls alike! It gets very
grand at one point, where you need to raise your voice!
This can be very exhilarating and liberating. This helps
to remove any cobwebs that are caught in your mind. It
could raise your spirits considerably. The power in the
words of this song, can alleviate some of your pain and
I think the act of singing, while driving down the road,
particularly, can make you feel ‘free’ of sadness.
“Let It Go,” was written by the husband and wife team of
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, sung by Idina
Menzel. There also is a Demi Lovato cover of the same
In conclusion, music lifts our spirits. Other things
can be chosen depending on your individual tastes and
interests to help release the ‘angst.’
Some very serious problems can not be handled simply by
engaging in walks in parks. That is something for me that
helps me unwind and think. I like to see nature and its
wonder, and sometimes it relieves my temporary depression
by knowing I am but a small part of a greater world.
Meditation can remove the rocks in the way on your journey
through life. Seeking counseling can help you to have a
neutral party to listen, absorb your pains and anger, then
help by gently guiding you to a safer, saner existence.
When was the time you felt heavy in spirit, dragged down so
low it was hard to be motivated to do daily chore? Do you
mind sharing it? If not, please share techniques that helped
you and this will encourage someone, maybe even today, to
be able to…