Theme of the Week –
Song of the Week –
Song Therapeutics Analysis-
This week, I really wanted to feature a self-reflective song about gratefulness, specifically with the Thanksgiving holidays rapidly approaching, even though they may be quite different this year. This one is another lyrical beauty by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. In spite of the pandemic and so much loss and heartbreak we see all around us, we can still somehow salvage positivity and faith. The song title actually sums it up so perfectly, a Room At The Top of the world, where you can clearly see it all. A place where you can gain a true perspective on your life, by way of personal awareness, self discovery, and being thankful. I also find it gives out that sense of hope and belief that no matter what difficulties or pain life throws your way, things will progress onward and with the right attitude, become better. Providing that clarity of mind, peace, contentment, and especially significant, answers you need. I always walk away after listening to this song, feeling inspired and in an uplifted place, with an improved state of mind.
In this song, I see Petty taking stock of his life, looking inward, closely, assessing, trying to refocus with a new empowered attitude and wanting to push any negative things he has encountered, into the background. Putting the past behind and getting the important insight that comes as a result of learning from it. Acknowledging and being grateful for the love he has in his life, besides contemplating other things he finds valuable. Listening to the peaceful flow of the song, you get a sense of his clarity of mind, comfort, and contentment with his journey so far. May possibly indicate a sense of starting over, going forward embracing change, and a new beginning. You can see he doesn’t want to leave that serene state of mind, something that all of us seek out. He is not fearful or holding back what he is feeling inside, and wants to celebrate and share it. Purely and simply, you are left feeling a sense of celebration, life is good, and thankful for what you have. And, don’t we need that joy, especially today. As this pandemic continues to swirl all around us, we all need that joy, that hope, that belief, to get us through as best we can. And, we will get through this, even stronger and more resilient than before.
I also approach it in a more global outlook, thinking overall of the big psychological picture. There are so many things we can be truly thankful for. People in our life we care for, that support and encourage us daily. Health of body and mind, our purpose, our faith, family values, our work and accomplishments, our assets, the list can go on and on. It will depend on your individual situation and your personal viewpoint. It may come down to your basic awareness and appreciation for those things that we don’t routinely think about and value as much as we should. Those factors are always there, steady, part of our lives, providing us our foundation to build on. Do we take those important, essential things for granted? We are so quick to punish ourselves by focusing on our mistakes, past decisions, and negative reactions we have had. We all struggle with reliving those demons from the past that can be a definite roadblock to staying positive and pro-active. The reality is that process takes up so much of our time and good energy, leaves us with less, and thus, we are left feeling worse because of it. That is where discouragement may set in, with your feeling apprehensive, anxious and depressed as a result. This song reminds us that if we really work on our self-awareness, honesty, positivity, and in particular thankfulness, we can then reframe and improve our general outlook. With pandemic restrictions quickly ramping up once again, it is urgent that we develop and maintain that mindset of faith, hope, and belief that eventually, our lives will return to a state of normalcy. The unexpected loss of Tom Petty a few years ago, for those of us who love his music, was devastating. I hope that Tom Petty is up there, in a room at the top, looking down, smiling, knowing that his beautiful legacy of songs & meaningful lyrical messages are here for everyone, everywhere, to enjoy, forever…
Takeaway Thought for the Week Ahead -
Takeaway positive thoughts empower you, give you strength, make you believe. Here is yours for the week. Say it, several times a day, every day, memorize it, write it down or put it in your phone. During the week, think about it, rely on it as you make it your own.
Take the time this week to really think about the concept of thankfulness, and how it applies in your life. Once you reflect and focus on the many positives that you may take for granted, you get a different perspective. That self discovery and awareness creates genuine appreciation which in turn, can change your whole outlook and attitude for the better.
I cannot stress enough, the tremendous power of affirmative positive thinking in life. Positive self-talk and empowering beliefs over time can seriously help us change the way we think about ourselves. Like the well known term, “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”, if we come to believe and act on it, it can become part of who you are, and what you want to be.
With "Room At The Top" available to be on your personal playlist, it will be ready when you want to listen to it’s significant message!! Use it going forward!
Mindfulness & The Music/Questions to Ask Yourself & Self-Reflect -
After listening to the song, take some time and give these questions some serious thought. Your answers here will reveal a great deal to you going forward. Use this opportunity for helpful self reflection…
When you think about your level of personal thankfulness, what immediately comes to mind? Is this something that comes easily for you?
Do you have difficulty identifying things you are thankful for? Why do you feel that is?
Do you generally consider yourself an optimistic or pessimistic person? Do you feel that exhibiting thankfulness improves your mood and mindset?
Do you take the opportunity on a regular basis, to reflect or meditate on your sense of personal thankfulness?
Can you easily express appreciation to others through words or actions when needed?
Do you believe you need to become more mindful and grateful for those positives in your life? What gets in the way of that for you? Will it make a meaningful difference in your life?
Recommended Reading for the Week About Music & Song
“When Music Makes You Cry” by R. Douglas Fields Ph.D., psychologytoday.com, September 28, 2017
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