Apr 20, 2012

Boots or Spring, That is the Question


As Eric Clapton’s proverb goes, to survive the life I firmly believe:
I must be strong and carry on
'Cos I know I don't belong
Here in heaven
And I tended to encourage myself to “be as tough as old boots” because being tough is I thought to be strong. But today, while listening to “Pick Yourself Up”, I just wondered it would be better said “be as resilient as spring”.

Take one typical example of life’s challenge – losing a loved one. Here’s a good excerpt from “Norwegian Wood” (Haruki Murakami)
no truth can cure the sadness we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness, can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see that sadness through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sadness that comes to us without warning.
This made me feel hopeless – my efforts of being tough useless. Although, perhaps because, this seemed very true, I tried to deny it and kept going with old boots. But, that old song told me I could be strong without being tough. That’s a real eyeopener! So, I decided to take off my crappy boots and began to think how to be spring.
Pick Yourself Up
(by Dorothy Fields)
Nothings impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again
Don't lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again
Work like a soul inspired till the battle of the day is won
You may be sick and tired but you'll be a man my son
Don't you remember the famous man who had to fall to rise again?
They picked themselves up, dust themselves off and started all over again