Theme of the Week –
Faith & Hope
Song of the Week –
Song Therapeutics Analysis-
Good Sunday Evening Songtherapeutics Friends!
This week, in anticipation of our upcoming Election Day, I am sharing a very meaningful song by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which I feel has a significant message for us all.
On a personal basis, what does the concept “the Promised Land” mean to you? For myself, I immediately think of something positive, something aspirational, something that reflects maintaining a sense and belief in faith and hope. Faith and hope is essentially a foundation of life. When we begin to lose faith, when we begin to lose hope, that is where the true struggle begins. We have to find a way, some way, to believe and hang on to our faith and hope, because, so much is built upon that foundation.
Especially now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our faith and hope for better days, for normalcy in our lives, for our health & well being, is being tested like we have never, ever experienced in our lifetime. Essentially, we are living it each & every day. It becomes extremely difficult to keep ongoing positivity and that faith & hope alive in the face of so much doubt and fear that is inherent in this pandemic. So much hardship and struggle, so much sadness and loss of life we witness all around us and it seems never ending. Jobs lost, livelihoods upturned, financial and economic upheaval, emotional struggles, whereas doubt and uncertainly becomes part of life nowadays. Can we maintain happiness, our “Promised Land”, when it can be difficult to keep any faith, when it can be difficult to maintain any hope.
I find the lyrical message in this song to be really powerful, and reflects what is truly going on in our world right now. I find optimism and a belief in our enduring human spirit, the core of the song. On a personal level, when I listen to it, my sense of faith and hope becomes refreshed and renewed.
With “The Promised Land”, we get a glance into the life of man who has begun searching for something in life to hold onto. A person who lives his life as one should, works hard, is decent towards others, and basically lives what he considers a “good” life. But yet, he notices something important, something significant, is lacking for him. As he reflects on his life, he is desperately looking for something to believe in. There’s so much more to life isn’t there? Meaning, purpose, clarity, and especially answers? He is looking for a way to take control of his destiny. You can definitely feel his sense of pain, weariness, and frustration with his past life experiences, as well as apprehensions about what struggles lie ahead. But as he addresses these issues, his disillusionment and fears seems to eventually lead him to a place of peace and contentment about the journey he will need to take. He comes to a point of strength and he is finally, ready. Ultimately, through an undaunted positive spirit, and his belief in himself, his faith & hope comes through. By the end of song, I am convinced he will, without any doubt, find his “Promised Land”.
This is such a inspiring song of empowerment. Pure and simple, it’s all there. We all face moments when we question the path of our life and we continually look for the answers that make sense. Sometimes those answers are difficult or impossible to find. Do we then give up on the process of maintaining our faith and hope? In today’s world, our faith may be challenged every day. There is negativity, pain, disturbing things we witness directly, hear or read about. We experience heartbreak, losses, betrayals, and disappointments that we must accept in life. Things that contribute to anxiety, depression, uncertainty and fear, all which can immobilize us. The reality is, we can easily become overwhelmed, apathetic, and display anger and frustration because we may feel helpless. We are often unsure as to what to do next.
We need to know that we have the inner resources needed to channel those feelings into something positive. In spite of roadblocks, we have to remain strong, focused, and determined to keep going forward with a resilient attitude. Whatever you’re struggling with, your attitude and approach makes all the difference. Will it be a positive or negative one? There are no benefits to having a negative outlook, whatever the situation. It will never help you personally, it will never make things better. It just brings, you, down. Again, facing our fears is not always easy, we have to be willing and ready to tackle some hard work to get through it successfully. The efforts we put into the battle can yield us such remarkable benefits if, we don’t give up. Oftentimes the end results of that spirit and perseverance can be so worthwhile, and life changing. How many times have we heard the expression, “good things are worth waiting, and fighting for!”
I believe in the core of our basic American spirit, which I feel is based in faith and hope. In spite of the immeasurable loss of human life and heartache, we will get through this pandemic crisis, we have to, it’s what we do. I feel we we will become stronger, wiser, more connected and more empathic people as a result. From coast to coast, we are the American people, known throughout the world for our merciful hearts and indomitable spirit that never gives up.
And, especially, with this monumental presidential election rapidly approaching with so much on the line, everyone throughout this country needs to exercise their right! PLEASE VOTE!!
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.
Never lose hope. Hope essentially provides you the faith needed to keep going, even when things seem impossible. Faith and hope gives you a purpose to believe in, and ultimately work towards achieving. Trust the process, you will find a way.
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 "The Promised Land" 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…
Describe your personal “Promised Land”? Why is that important to you?
When you think of the term “faith”, what does it mean to you?
What do you hope for at this point in your life?
Are there times when you doubt yourself? When does that happen and why?
Do your fear and apprehensions hold you back? Why do you feel that is?
What do you think you need to do to improve your individual sense of faith and hope?
Recommended Reading for the Week About Music & Song
“Why Are We Moved By Music?” by Shahram Heshmat PhD, psychologytoday.com, July 24th 2018
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