A Lesson From The Foo Fighters

A Lesson From The Foo Fighters

I, I’m a one-way motorway

I’m the one that drives away

Then follows you back home

I, I’m a street light shining

I’m a wild light blinding bright

Burning off alone

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

I, I’m a new day rising

I’m a brand new sky

To hang the stars upon tonight

I am a little divided

Do I stay or run away

And leave it all behind?

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

-Foo Fighters

This is excellent prose. Very timely.

It’s times like these you learn to live again.

Think about how fitting the phrase “it’s times like these we learn to live again” is right now. We are all in the moment of learning what it means to live again. Homes have become homes again. Families have become families again. Friends have become friends again. It is genuinely marvelous. One of my favorite posts right now is of a friend on zoom with her college buddies, and the text read: “why have we waited 15 years to do this.” I believe this season has become far more than learning to live again. For many of us, we are feeling alive for the first time in a long time. Now let me say this with caution because what is happening right now is far from ideal or good, but it has become a gift. There is this phrase I love: you learn from your mistakes or your mentors. Well, right now, it seems we change because we want to or we change because we are made to. We are certainly, right now, being made to. Choose to learn to live again. (Practical action: every day set and say out loud something you will do, with a purpose, to the person you will be on purpose with. i.e., “Kids, today at after lunch, I am taking a break to build forts with you.” “Significant other, after kids go to bed, me you and a battle of UNO.” “Friend of long ago, at lunch, let’s get on house party app and play that avocado game.” Every day–something with purpose.)

It’s times like these you give and give again.

This is the moment for the giving economy. We are in a time to give. And then give it again. There is something special about the giving economy in a time of strife; you quicky learn who the heroes are in the world. They don’t wear capes. Oddly enough, they look like you and I. Here is the kicker…you get to choose to be a hero in the giving economy. We are in a time where some people will lose. Therefore, those of us who can give should give. We must take a play from one of the National Treasure characters Ben: “Those who have the ability, have the responsibility.” (I am sure someone else said it too, but I choose to believe in one of my most favorite corny movies.) We are in the giving economy. We will always remember the givers. This makes me think of Zig Ziggler’s quote: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” (Practical action: take inventory every day of items you do not need and start paying attention to the world around you. Listen, because people will tell you their needs directly or indirectly. The biggest thing to remember: in the giving economy, we do not get to judge, we only get to give. People will always disappoint us. That’s not the point. The point is to provide and be a blessing.)

It’s times like these you learn to love again.

Clearly said. During times like these, we could write about love for days–the importance of love, the purpose of love, the exercise of love, the giving and receiving of love. And when the rug is pulled out from under us, we seem to taste love a little sweeter, hold a hug a little longer, choose our words a bit wiser, and cherish moments a lot more deliberately. (Practical action: start writing love letters to those you love. Seriously. This is the advice I am taking for myself today.) <—And seriously do this.

It’s times like these time and time again.

The final thought. Nothing is new under the sun. This, too, shall pass is a pretty common phrase or meme being tossed around for comfort. But the thing about that phrase: “this too” is an eerie combo because we are admitting that tough times are around the corner again. My hope and my prayer are that the lessons we learn become action, and the actions become habits, and the habits sustain themselves long enough to be our new programming. Come alive, give, and love. (Practical action: change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Be consistent about this little quote, and you will find freedom regardless of what the times bring.) 

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