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This month I’m doing a 30-day song challenge following the prompts given by Donna from MyOBT, one of my favorite blogs. It sounded like so much fun I couldn’t resist. Feel free to join in on your social media platform, add your picks in the comments below, or simply enjoy (hopefully) the music I’ve chosen.

Yeah, more Cat Stevens. He’s had a big impact on my appreciation for music, and most importantly my outlook on life. How many time have I “found my head one day when I wasn’t even trying?”

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This month I’m doing a 30-day song challenge following the prompts given by Donna from MyOBT, one of my favorite blogs.  It sounded like so much fun I couldn’t resist.  Feel free to join in on your social media platform, add your picks in the comments below, or simply enjoy (hopefully) the music I’ve chosen.

This song is done by one of my most favorite musicians, Cat Stevens.  His songs made me think, made me feel passionate, and most of all made me happy.  To add to the happy feeling is the fact that his music was the soundtrack for my most favorite movies of all time, Harold & Maude.  Find meaning.  Find purpose.  But most of all, find joy.

 

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I read a blog post the other day.   The author is a young woman who wrote about how she wants to be in a remake of Harold and Maude, except with the genders switched (young woman, old man).  She, of course, would play the young woman, and she thinks the old man should be played by…Woody Allen.

Just the idea of this is wrong and bad, and bordering on blasphemy.  Don’t even think about messing with perfection.

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Lately I’ve had to do a lot of grown-up things and it’s just wearing me down.  Big grown up things like making decisions and providing for myself.  Oh, some of you may laugh, but I know there’s a bunch of you out there who know exactly what I’m talking about.

Allie knows what I’m talking about and has depicted her version of conquering enduring adulthood here.  I love the productivity chart and can completely relate to it.

When I get worn down by the daily grind of adulthood I lose sight of the joy that is everywhere around me.  No one should be devoid of joy.  It’s against the nature of life.  And when it’s time for me to find some bliss again I look to my heroine, Dame Marjorie Chardem, better known as Maude.

Time for a little Harold and Maude, I believe. Life affirming, uplifting, spiritual and funny. Maude, in her mature adulthood, held onto that child-like wonder and never stopped seeing the world as a place of pure delight.

You can do what you want, the opportunity’s on

And if you find a new way, you can do it today

You can make it all true, and you can make it undo you see…

Ah, it’s easy

Ah, you only need to know…

Cat Stevens

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You Can Do What You Want

Last night I sat in the dark, only the Christmas tree lights casting a reddish glow throughout the room, and I was overcome by a feeling of anxiety.  What should have been a peaceful time turned stressful for me because as the clock ticked away, hands moving too quickly toward the midnight hour, I anticipated what was ahead of me after my slumber ~ the day job.

I had a nice, long weekend, which was unfortunately ruined by a nasty cold.  When I could have been engaged and actively enjoying the last weekend of 2011 I was distracted by snot insomnia, a hacking cough and way too much fatigue.  It just wasn’t fair, and now I’d have to go back to the busyness of working nine hours a day, unable to accomplish the things I would have done had I not been sick.

A list ran through my head of things I wanted and had to do.  That’s when the anxiety kicked in.  Too much to do!  I must do this, I have to do that, I don’t want to do that other thing but if I don’t the world will come to a complete halt!  Then an amazing thing happened.  I thought to myself, so what if you don’t get to it all within the next 24, 48, or even 72 hours?  Cat Stevens began singing in my head, telling me I could do what I want, the opportunity’s on.

I didn’t feel any happier about returning to work after what seemed to be a complete non-weekend, but the pressure to GET IT ALL DONE RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE had dissipated.  I can do what I want, and so can you. I decided to live low this week, because Cat Stevens said I can.

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