Music has always been a transforming force in my life. A song can ignite a fire in my soul greater than any medium. It melts my walls and transports me to a place of true vulnerability – which for me, is often hard to do.
It carries me through my toughest moments, whether the last mile of a run or the last moments with a loved one. It gift-wraps my favorite memories belting in the car with my sister or dancing around the living room after Thanksgiving dinner at my Aunt’s.
I believe there is a perfect song for every moment, every need and every desire. What a gift.
Recently, I have fallen in love with a song that has taken over mainstream radio – you’ve likely heard it and if you haven’t, download immediately Fight Song by Rachel Platten.
As I listen to the words in the car, on a walk, or getting through a workout (it is a serious motivator), I keep meditating on the opening line –
“Like a small boat, on the ocean, sending big waves into motion.
Like how a single word can make a heart open.
I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”
I see the poetry of phrasing come to life in my mind and I am empowered to not only acknowledge, but truly appreciate my own inner strength and influence in the world.
Have you forgotten your power? Do you feel like your boat is docked, not making any waves at all?
There are many circumstances in our lives that can lead us to feeling unimportant and insignificant – especially if we aren’t practicing positivity to turn things around. But even when that work is just too much, don’t take for granted the fact your presence in the world – just by existing and interacting with your surroundings – has an impact and a ripple effect. The more you follow your passion, live in your giftedness, and give gratitude, those waves magnify far beyond your imagination.
Just today, I made what I thought was an insignificant (and self-deprecating #SorryUniverse) comment to my exercise instructor that despite how hard I work, I can’t seem to shrink my “athletic” thighs. From that one exchange, she was inspired to switch up the entire class routine to focus on exercises that target those muscles specifically. Had I slept in and missed the class, or had I simply not shared my thought, the routine would have been different, and who knows what would have changed for those people in the class. Maybe my suggestion led to a chain of events that prevented an injury. Maybe it helped target someone else’s trouble zone, leaving them feeling stronger the rest of the day.
I use this arbitrary example to demonstrate the potential we all have to make waves in the world – even if they seem small to start. We matter. We have power. And we create change with every moment we live out.
In hindsight, can you think of a time when your thoughts and actions, seemingly small, made big waves? Maybe that decision was to sign up to be a part of the PCC movement – and now, you’re touching the lives of people all over the world with your work and gifts. Never underestimate the impact you can have as a change maker.
So when you feel powerless, unsuccessful, or unsure of your value and worth – put on your favorite fight song, turn those thoughts around and go make waves in the world.