“Listen as your day unfolds. Challenge what the future holds.” – You Gotta Be – Des’ree. Des’ree herself says this song is “about having the inner strength to figure out who you are” and specifically about being adaptable in different situations. Sometimes you have to be cool and calm and other times you need to be bold and strong. In 2003, Q Magazine ranked this song at number 562 in their list of the 1001 Best Songs Ever.
While this whole song is pure motivation, I chose these two lyrics as I find them to be very powerful. Listen is part of a two part sentence I tell my kids every day before they head off to school. (PM me for the rest of the sentence. :)). I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “You have two ears and one mouth for a reason” and you may have even known that listen and silent as words are composed of the same letters, but the REAL question is “how GOOD are YOU at ACTIVELY LISTENING?” If you are listening to form a response in your own head, you’re doing it wrong. If you are listening to what someone else is saying with your ears AND your eyes to understand, comprehend and truly FEEL what they are communicating to you with not just their lips, teeth, tongue, mouth and vocal cords but with their entire body, NOW you’re getting somewhere. Listen as your day unfolds.
Challenge what the future holds. Just because you started on one path doesn’t mean you have to continue down it forever. You CAN change (and some would say you should). Don’t settle. While I am a planner by nature and want to know what my next week, month, year will look like, you have to be prepared for change. NO ONE was prepared for 2020. Let that be the lesson. Challenge your own future by knowing what it is you want out of life and going to get it every day. Those are #LyricsToLiveLifeBy.