We Do It Again…Until We Change The Way It’s Always Been!

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Author: GP Staff (136 Articles)

Chris is the Managing Editor of Gratitude Planet and can be found most days enjoying the Southern California weather and waves.

I am sitting here tonight, typing and looking at the beautiful Pacific Ocean while playing some of my favorite music on the Bose Dock. I love taking some time to just BE, and on this particular Saturday evening things on this small part of the Planet seem to be in their perfect order. One of the songs that I just heard on my iPod was “Big Bad World” by the band “Plain White T’s.” This song has inspired my post tonight.

Sometimes when you have been doing your best to move ahead, it seems like you can’t. You may find yourself in endless contrast, or in patterns that seem to give you the same unwanted results over and over again. This is part of being human on Planet Earth, and we all will experience contrasting events that help us hone our desires. Remember that when you know what you don’t want, you know better than ever what you DO want. This is the gift of contrast…it helps you focus with greater and greater clarity. It is how we launch new ideas, desires, and experiences. And once you can consciously harness the Law of Attraction and start noticing how you feel more often, you will recognize more and more how contrast helps you clarify your desires.

Life is eternal. You never “finish” doing anything, because to be done is to find an end…and there is no “end.” Of course, there will certainly be moments when you feel complete, and when your desires feel fulfilled, at least for a time. But you can count on the fact that as soon as you reach “the end” of anything, a new beginning will emerge, and you will continue your quest toward the end. But you will never arrive, not ever. So striving to finish can sometimes keep you from living NOW, in this moment. And this is the wonderful gift of the present moment…everything you want and need is available right now, as long as you can tune into it and let it in right now.

So how does the song “Big Bad World” relate to this post? Read some of the lyrics and see if you can make the connection:

Big Bad World (Plain White T’s):
It’s a big bad world
Were doing what we can
Sometimes we fall on our face
Before we even learn to stand
But we get back up
Shake off all the dust
And take it step by step

I can fill the whole floor to the ceiling
With all the dead wrong choices I’ve made
And even though we try to learn
From each others mistakes

We’ll do it again (doing it again)
We’ll do it again my friend (doing it again)
We’ll do it again and again
Till we eventually can change
The way it’s always been

It’s a big bad dream
Following your heart
Sometimes the one you
Need’s the one that tears you apart
So you say goodbye
Kiss her one more time
And cry the whole way home

I can fill up the driest river
With all the tears falling off of my face
And even though we try to learn
From each others mistakes

We’ll do it again (doing it again)
We’ll do it again my friend (doing it again)

We’ll do it again and again
Till we eventually can change
The way its always been [x2]

Just running ’round in circles
Tripping over every hurdle
Were just trying to do the best that we can

It’s a big bad life
All that we can do
Is try to make it right
Tomorrow something new
So if a big rain cloud
Follows you around
Don’t let it get you down

We’ll do it again (doing it again)
We’ll do it again my friend (doing it again)
We’ll do it again and again
Till we eventually can change
The way its always been.

The song is really well written, and has a nice rock edge to it. You probably can see the connection here, I am sure. We do the best we can, but we will always experience some contrast. We will feel like we are not expanding sometimes, but we will do our best to live, feel better, and to move ahead. We may make the same mistakes over and over, but eventually we will experience change…and in so doing we change the way it has always been. The message I hear is this: relax and be easy about your experience. You may not advance as fast as you think you should, but it’s OK. We all are working our way through our life experience at our own pace, and what you experience is the perfect unfolding for YOU. Let your life be a fun and interesting mix of love and contrast, joy and focus, fun and clarification. It’s a Big World, and there is so much to experience. Love it for what it is, and let yourself embrace your life in all of its fullness and variety. Enjoy this most amazing day!  Chris-GP

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  • 4 Comments

    1. GP Staff says:

      I have been playing the whole “Big Bad World” album to the point that it’s in my head when I wake up in the morning. Great album and fun to listen to all the way through. Enjoy this day Christine! Chris

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    2. Christine says:

      weird, i was listening to the song on my ipod when i read this. 🙂 it’s a great song.

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    3. Merrill says:

      This is an awesome song! I got the same message out of it that you did, Chris. Great connection!!

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    4. Billy says:

      I looked this up on youtube. Cool Song.

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