October 26- Wicked Wounds and Scarey Scars
What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~Author Unknown
How often do we hang onto old wounds, ancient wrongs and misdeeds done us by others? We cause ourselves much suffering by calling to mind and indeed maintaining our hurts and scars like badges of courage or honor. Sometimes we wear our wounds outwardly, shunning the joy of new friendships, jobs, and relationships simply because we look only to the past and its broken dreams to guide us forward. Sometimes our hurts are in a pocket. We don’t show them or talk about them, but they are with us intimately every second of the day.
Wounds and scars serve to teach us, of that there is not doubt. We are a product of our past. Yesterday’s infractions often inspire great art, passionate lyrics and intimate performance opportunities. Everyone wants to know others have been hurt. Often our deepest connection to an audience is forged through a song dealing with memories, thoughts and wounds of the past. Everyone wears the medal of the past, the memory of a situation that, no matter how many years ensue, stings and bites as if it happened five minutes ago.
Musicians draw inspiration from old wars and relationships and because we spend so much time dredging the past for song fodder, we often find ourselves quagmired and unable to process the precious now. Understand that every bad situation, every sting of rejection, every loss, every unkindness serves to make you the person you are at this moment. It is good to grasp this and make it work for us. But also see that shining, clean slate of the present, the powerful ability you have to erase an old attitude cause by an ancient hurt and begin anew.
“Tomorrow is a sleeping child, today is a reckless rhyme.
You tell me I’m a product of my past.
But the future is mine. “