Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Meaning Behind the Lyric - Friday Reflections (Not on Friday) Vol. 7

A few years ago, my workplace experienced a major change.  Most everyone, from the newbies to those who had been around a while, had their worlds rocked.  

Due to the nature of my job, I'm a therapist not a teacher, I sometimes am immune to changes that come down from the administration, but that year I wasn't that fortunate.  I was not immune and my world was rocked, rocked almost beyond recognition.  It was without a doubt, the worst year of my career.

I worked with a lady who had become something like a second mother to me over the years.  She and I ate lunch together nearly every day for over a decade and that year we found ourselves with completely different schedules and unable to continue our little lunch tradition.  As a means of coping, she and I would leave little "inspirational" notes on each other's doors, desks, or computer monitors.  

Somehow, despite my not being a country music fan, I came upon the song "Let It Go" by Zac Brown Band.  One day, I wrote the chorus to that song on a sticky note and left it on her computer monitor.  The lyric soon became our favorite personal mantra as we did everything within our powers to survive the year.  

"Keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open
So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
And know you're not the only ship out on the ocean
Save your strength for things that you can change
Forgive the ones you can't
You gotta let 'em go"
- Zac Brown Band

That year taught me innumerable lessons.  I learned that change is inevitable. Okay, I already knew that, but the events of that year strongly reinforced this knowledge.  I also learned that in order to survive changes, I have to let go of the illusion of solidity in an ever changing, fluid world.  There are things in life that are definitely worth fighting for, things that are worth our time and energy. Things that are out of our control, are not.  Much happiness can come from that acceptance as well as the ability to move forward.

Linking up with Mackenzie @ Reflections from Me 
and Janine @ Reflections from a Redhead. 

Linking up with Tiffany @ The Dwelling Tree and Chelsee @ Southern Beauty Guide


  1. oh i have never heard that song but i love the lyrics, and the story behind it.

  2. Love this post because as a fellow music fan, I know how important some lyrics can be in our lives.

  3. So beautiful that you continued to be each others strength and shared these notes, great words and a great message. Thank you so much for sharing this #Fridayreflections.

  4. Congratulations you are our pick for Friday Reflections Featured Writer!

    1. Thank you! I am honored!



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