Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Arthur's theme (Best that you can do). . .

Once in your life you'll find her
Someone who turns your heart around
And next thing you know
You're closin' down the town

I am a huge fan of meeting people that turn your life upside down and make you question everything about what you think, believe and espouse in life.  They are sent to you to help you unpack and make sense of your own life, offering their perspectives and hopefully continuing to contribute to that very fabric of your life, like a beautiful cloak that you can wear with pride and show off to your friends.  Are you in the habit of turning hearts around?  It can be a difficult process to start with, but once you lay your own heart bare in a vulnerable enough state, you quickly start to see how other people's hearts can sometimes even turn towards yours.

Wake up and she's still with you
Even though you left her way across town
You're wonderin' to yourself
Hey what have I found

Have you had turning points in your life where you will come across people several times over but not really respond or it doesn't really resonate how much they will eventually come to mean to you, because you haven't made the solid connections yet?  I believe it is important to think critically about how much people can add value to your life, but I also believe it is equally important to think critically about how you can add value to the lives of those around you.  What have you found?  I spoke at a staff meeting yesterday at a high school about how as teachers, we need to see children or students as treasure chests, but that we need to fashion the right key ourselves, with our pedagogy and connection skills or relationship building techniques, in order to unlock the potential of that child - to unlock their treasure within that is waiting to be celebrated.

Arthur he does what he pleases
All of his life his master's toys
And deep in his heart 
He's just he's just a boy
Livin' his life one day at a time
He's showing himself a really good time
Laughing about the way
They want him to be 

Do you know somebody like this?  The loveable charming larrikin, man-about-town who is the fun-time guy that everybody relies on to distract them from their own problems and dreary realities that threaten to consume them.  How liberating would it be to someone who lives their life each day as it comes, not worrying about making plans and becoming part of the rat race that so many of us are engaged in (voluntarily or not).  There is something disarming about an individual who seems to embody these positive character traits and life seems like one long sunny disposition.  Do you think sometimes that behind the laughter that there is something much more serious that wants to break through - but can't - because he's too busy playing a role that the world has designated him?

When you get caught between the moon and New York City
I know it's crazy but it's true
If you get caught between the moon and New York City
The best that you can do (the best that you can do)
The best that you can do is fall in love

I hope that you find yourself caught between your own moon and city many times over in your life.  This tells me that you must fall in love often, fall hard and even when it hurts and it ends, never regret that it is better to have loved and lost than not have loved at all, because that seriously is, the best that you can do. . .