Monday, February 21, 2011

What Love Really Means

I was unable to control my emotions last night, as I sang through the penetrating lyrics of JJ Heller's, What Love Really Means:

"Who will love me for me?
Not for what I have done or what I will become?
Who will love me for me?
'Cause nobody has shown me what love, what love really means..."

The roller coaster ride between feeling adequate and inadequate is definitely a thrilling one!  Sometimes you know you're a gem, sometimes you feel you could be trampled on without anyone noticing.  I wish I always knew my worth and never based it on my achievements, flaws or failures.  I wish I always knew other people's worth and never based it on their achievements, flaws or failures.

Because when someone loves you for everything that you are and beholds it as this amazing treasure, it's an incredibly liberating experience.  You feel ok as you.  Quirks and flaws and brokenness.  

However, this unconditional love experience doesn't happen as often as I wish it would.  And I don't know how to fix the problem, other than love other people a little bit more unconditionally.

I also can't help but further analyze this topic, and I think there needs to be a disclaimer.

The famous Dr. Seuss quote says, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."  I understand his gist, but that doesn't mean we have license to be wreckless with ourselves or other people.  I guess the big question is, are the characteristics that define us healthy ones?  Are we a beautiful, quirky mess, or are we toxic, destructive maniacs?  As much as unconditional love is an amazing blessing, we can't forsake our  betterment and then consider ourselves victims when nobody loves us.  Sometimes we are unlovable and need to change.

So, be the beautiful you that you are.  Exist as your unique self because there is no one quite like you, and it's fantastic!!!  But be aware of your character and don't justify your shortcomings as you.  Work to become the best version of yourself.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LYRICS to Worlds Collide

Strong Woman
Verse 1:
I'm in love with you
Do you know I exist?
How'd a strong, strong woman
End up like this?
Was it a long time comin'
That you'd mess up my world?
Turn a strong, strong woman
Into a patsy girl

Love, love
Don't pass me by
But if you do
Pick yourself back up, girl
It'll be alright

Verse 2:
Would it be so hard
For you to love me too?
What's a strong, strong woman
Got to do?
Did you see my face
When I caught sight of u?
This strong, strong woman
Has become a fool

Verse 1:
It's too late
You've lost your chance
The simple life just ain’t your romance
Saw you let go
Into your dreams
There's no going back now
To where you have been

Maintenant, t'es dans la merde
Maintenant, t'es dans la merde
Parce que tu m'as montré que t'es capable
Tu m'as montré que t'es capable
Tu m'as montré...

Verse 2:
God only knows
The places you’ve been
If you want it all, there’s no giving in
So, get your back up
Don’t hesitate
I told you once girl
You know it’s too late

And God only knows
The places you’ve seen
The simple life just ain’t in your dreams
It’s no wonder why you can’t relate
I told you this once girl
And now it’s too late

There’s no turning back girl
Look what you’ve done
Oh, now you can’t run
Just look what you’ve done
Look what you’ve done

The Path You Choose
Verse 1:
Journey-girl, journey-boy
Where you headed this time now?
You’re going somewhere but nowhere specific
Because the weight is carried on the trip
You’re going somewhere but who cares

‘Cause the destination doesn’t matter as much
As the road I trudge, as the lives I touch
‘Cause the destination doesn’t define you
The meaning’s in the path you choose

Love will find a way when trouble finds your soul
Feel like I am new to this road
‘Cause I have tried to save what I’ve learned to let go
Don’t know where these feet wanna go

Verse 2:
Achieve this, achieve that
But the endpoint turns you back
To where you started, oh young one
Store it up, stow it well
Even if you go through hell
The pain brings good change, you’ll see it

I’ve been learning to let go
Following these feet
Turning down the next road
Not knowing where it leads
My direction can blind me
I’m hoping that I see
So I’m living for today
‘Cause tomorrow is a dream
So I love
The places, the people I meet
So I love
The changes I feel inside of me
We can trust
The plan that we make is a lesson
Learning to find how great is the blessing

Escape You
Verse 1:
I let you go
Came back to you
If love was fair
Man, you’d be through
You’re too blind
I am too
Guided by a higher truth

I can’t escape you
Come rain or hell
I try, I try
I can’t escape you
With everyday I die
A little inside
A little inside

Verse 2:
Hold onto
Big mistake
The things I fear
Keep me awake
Love exists
To break in two
I give it all
Back to you

You’re too tired to try, to try

Forgive Me, Mr. Edison
Verse 1:
Forgive me, Mr. Edison, I'm cryin’ on my knees
Only reached attempt number ten
And I'm cryin’ on my knees
They tell me, Mr. Edison, that failure’s a breeze
But I’m fallin’ more than I'm standing up
And I’m starting to wheeze

I’ve tried so many times oh
They keep telling me that it’s alright
I failed so many times, but I tried

Verse 2:
Forgive me, Mr. Edison, I'm cryin’ on my knees
Made it to number twenty-two
But I'm cryin’ on my knees
Why's it have to be so hard to become what we please
Don't know if I can try again
Oh help me Jesus, please

Bridge 1:
This time
I’m sick of the candlelight
I’m sick of the candlelight

Bridge 2:
This time
This time
This time
Forgive me, Mr. Edison, Forgive me, Mr. Edison
This time