12. Life

Listen to the lyrics of the song made famous by Frank Sinantra, “That’s Life:”

 

That’s life (that’s life), that’s what all the people say
You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

I said that’s life (that’s life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down
’cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin’ around

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life (that’s life), I tell you I can’t deny it
I thought of quitting, baby, but my heart just ain’t gonna buy it
And if I didn’t think it was worth one single try
I’d jump right on a big bird and then I’d fly

 

  —- By D.K. Thompson and K. Gordon

 

 

It’s an inspiring message, really — the idea of hanging on to life, to think of it as having a value great enough to fight for. Sometimes I have to remind myself that life is an active process, that it’s neither a single point in time nor a segment of time saved by memory, but rather a current and active flow where the only thing constant is the wind of change. And so while life may sometimes bring disappointment and heartache, even those are lost to the wind.

 

As I see it, my concern isn’t so much what life does to me or where the winds of change take me but rather how I navigate the seas of change. I think it’s the belief in the greater things that gives promise to a safe passage. Like the song says:

 

You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May

But I know I’m gonna change that tune

When I’m back on top, back on top in June

 

 

Day 12 Guide

 

Think today about tomorrow. The morning is gone, even this moment is fleeting. Planning for the days ahead helps you to enjoy the current winds of change.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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