Carol A. Hand
Last night, fierce winds blew as thunder rumbled and hard rain pounded the roof. I awoke to yet another cold, dark, rainy morning as a different song played in my thoughts. As you can imagine, it wasn’t light and lovely like yesterday’s song. But I realized both light and dark are a crucial balance.
Although I would love to escape the brutality of the world at the moment by living forever in a flowery fantasy world, I tried that once (or more like thousands of times) and it didn’t work. We all carry both inside us so it’s best to be honest and develop the strength we need to maintain balance.
These are the words the song inspired:
When the strong winds blow and the hard rains pound
We’ll need inner strength to stand our ground
But then, why would one expect the winds of change to be gentle?
It will take all of us to awake to truths that are fundamental
We need to remember we’re not alone
We need to love enough until it’s our time to go home
Until that day there’s much we can do
Living simply and kindly, allowing our inner light to shine true
And here is the song that inspired these reflections, A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (by Bob Dylan, sung by Joan Baez)
It seems that these days, songs are often playing in my thoughts. I even pulled out my guitar yesterday and sang. Who knows what tomorrow will bring…
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