Smiling, Dancing & a little Sadness

Recently, during one of my Peloton yoga classes the music was unexpected.  It was good, but not what you normally hear during a yoga class.  The first song playing was something really upbeat, maybe Hey Ya by Outcast.  After the intro instructions and the first upbeat song finished, what started were some other slower but again not what I’ve usually heard in the background of prior yoga classes, they were pop, folk & contemporary songs with good messages.  Though they were different than what I expected, I kept going with an open mind, thinking maybe this is what I needed today.  
The one song that really struck me was Peace Train by Cat Stevens.  I don’t listen to it that often, but whenever I hear it, it makes me smile, it makes me a little sad, but mostly it makes me move/dance.
Makes me smile.
Call me naive.  Call me sentimental.  Call me hopeful.  Actually, please call me hopeful.  I hope everyone rides on the Peace Train someday.  If we can all see something good in one another then peace may have a chance.  I’m not saying there won’t be any war or hate.  That’s in our human nature.  But if we can see just ONE small thing that is good in another person then each of us has a chance to live a more peaceful life.  Which is a step to a world of peace.
This is also why this song makes me little sad.
I’m to blame as much as the next person for not stepping back more often to see someone’s goodness before I judge.  But when I am fully aware and see each person for who they are in front of me - not for who I want them to be - I can usually find one thing that is good about them (even if I don’t know them).  
Sometimes you really have to be open to look for goodness.  Because when you see someone who is struggling, you may want to just turn the other direction because they look grumpy, but I try to challenge myself to see the positive.  They are out and still moving, trying to make it work for the day.  Isn’t that something good?  They are persevering despite their circumstances.  Plus, we all have rough days.  So when I’m really open and looking for goodness, if I see someone struggling, I pause my inner dialogue and offer them a smile ☺️ in support of their effort, and once I’ve passed them I'll say a silent prayer that their days ahead are better. 
This song also makes me sad because it’s really relevant today, as much as it was during the time it was written (1971).  There’s still so much hate and pain in the world.  Just because people are different.  We as humans try to make sense of things and categorize or generalize, which creates stereotypes and leads to biases. Though it may be natural, it still hurts. Some more than others.  And when I see pain in someone’s eyes makes me hurt for them.
"Now I've been crying lately,
Thinkin' about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating,
Why can't we live in bliss”
But even in my sadness, I hear the words, “'Cause out on the edge of darkness, There rides a Peace Train.  Oh Peace Train take this country, Come take me home again.”  With the upbeat tune behind it, it just makes me feel hopeful again.  And then I want to dance.  💃  Ok, it’s more of a sway than a full-on dance, but I’m peacefully moving to the melody of the song.  And I want to hit “repeat” and listen to it over again.  And again.  😃
(Whether you like this song or not, it’s no matter.  We all don’t have to be the same, nor do we have to like the same things.  But I hope you take a moment to read/hear the message from the song in relation to today’s environment.)
I’m always in awe when God inserts these visual and audible cues in my life.  He knows how I need to receive his messages, in music, quotes, earthly beauty, people - basically wherever I can and in my own way. 
And that’s why I love Knots of Grace products.  (I know I’ve said this before, but it is so true.)  I love the visual cues they add to my life.  I know they’re "bringing good things to come" - to help me see that there’s a "ride out of the edge of darkness". And help me connect with God, so I can come home again someday. 
Wishing you peace everyday.  And many audible and visual messages from God. Check out the many visual cues in our shop that will assist you on your journey.

Humming a little tune of peace as I go,

Kathleen

P.S. If you’re not familiar with the lyrics, scroll down to see them. And if you want to hear the song, there’s a link at the end.

 

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Lyrics
Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it's going to come
'Cause I'm on the edge of darkness
There ride the Peace Train
Oh, Peace Train take this country
Come take me home again
Now I've been smiling lately,
Thinkin' about the good things to come
And I believe it could be,
Something good has begun
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train
Get your bags together,
Go bring your good friends, too
'Cause it's getting nearer,
It soon will be with you
Now come and join the living,
It's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer,
Soon it will all be true
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Peace Train
Now I've been crying lately,
Thinkin' about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating,
Why can't we live in bliss
'Cause out on the edge of darkness,
There rides a Peace Train
Oh Peace Train take this country,
Come take me home again
Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on, peace train
Yes, it's the peace train
Come on now, peace train
Oh, peace train

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