Being raised by a musician, so much of what happens in my life, I associate with music. There's "angry, break up" music that soothes me after the demise of a relationship with a man, friend, or job. There's "so happy to be in love and loving life" music that accompanies all the extraordinary things life brings, like time with family, friends, and travel. And there's "focus on my creativity" music, mostly classical instrumentals and Gregorian Chants that I listen to when I write.
It seems that, at least for me, every scene in my life, and every emotion I encounter has a soundtrack. Being a hearing impaired person (I'm deaf in my left ear), this is probably more fascinating a thing for me than for others who might take the music of their lives for granted. Perhaps you simply see it as the background noise to a life. But for me... it's so much more than that.
February is a tough month for me. After the pronouncement from Puxatauny Phil... which always seems to be too much more winter on the way... I often forget my motivation. It's easy to do when you're surrounded by grey skies and freezing temperatures. It's difficult for me to focus on writing when I have to endure frigid cold and a lack of sunshine. But I found a trick.
Every February, I look for a song that creates a positive message in my brain about the importance of moving forward. I look for lyrics that reinforce my ability to accomplish the tasks set before me... stay on my writing goals... to write every day... and to remind myself that no matter what others around me might think, say or do... I still have the ability and the strength to accomplish my goals, and do it all with strength and conviction. A song that reminds me to be courageous in my ability to remain positive even through the stuff that would stall me.
This year, my song is "Defying Gravity" sung by the amazing Inina Menzel. This is a song from the Broadway stage musical, "Wicked". It's the story of the witch of the west and how she came into becoming the legend of her times. I've been listening to this song each morning to get myself going. I listen to it in the car before meetings, and before coaching sessions, and before writing sessions. If ever I encounter a moment in my day when I'm starting to second-guess myself, starting to doubt myself... I put in my bluetooth earpiece, and cue up this song on my phone. Reassurance in my pocket.
My favorite line in the song is this:
"I'm through accepting limits, 'cause someone says they're so. Some things I cannot change, but 'til I try, I'll never know."
This one mantra, which starts my day, and is reinforced as each day progresses, reminds me that there is no limitation to my creativity. There is no limit to what I can achieve in each new book I write. And there's no limiting my dreams just because others around me are stuck in their lack of self-confidence. There is strength in this song; and this year, it's my mantra to move toward greater achievements.
"I swear, someday I'll be flying so high!"
"And nobody in all of Oz, no Wizard that there is or was is ever going to bring me down!"
So, here it is. Try listening to this every day for the rest of February and see if this doesn't put a little extra spring in your step and reassurance to your brain that indeed, you are accomplishing great things with your life!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
I love being in love; writing; reading; mammals of nearly every kind, and especially micro-humans! Come enjoy my world with me - Secret Decoder Ring not required!!