Tuesday, August 28, 2012
All Fired Up
A few days back I was going on a long drive and I brought along an old favorite, Pat Benatar's "Best Shots" album - her greatest hits. I hadn't listened to the album in years. I thought it might be good for a hoot. I did NOT expect to be completely inspired and brought to tears numerous times.
Of course there are the awesome, well-known hits - "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Invincible," "We Belong".... the radio songs. But I had forgotten the amazing "Promises In the Dark," "Hell Is For Children," and my personal all-time favorite, "All Fired Up." These songs are total gems, and if you are an 80's kid, you might want to go back and listen again, my friend.
I was most blown away by "All Fired Up," and how the lyrics seemed to fit my life right this second. I feel just like Pat did, as if I've been asleep for 20 years and now, I'm wide awake and "moving like a meteorite." But the best part is the background chorus:
"Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith."
The deepest cuts truly are healed by faith - Faith that things will turn out the way they are supposed to. Faith that we are right where we are supposed to be in life. And faith that we do not need to control everything and everyone around us. My deepest cuts are healing every day because I believe that God is in charge and that all I need is the power to carry out His will. I know that it is up to me to take action but the outcomes are His alone.
Letting go of outcomes is probably one of the most important parts of my own healing. As long as I show up and do my best in all areas of my life, I can trust that the right thing will happen. Worry does take me down sometimes, of course. But when I find myself doubting or wringing my hands in distress, I just try to relax, breathe deeply, and ask for guidance. I focus my prayer on seeking God's will and receiving the power to carry it out (yes, very A.A.). I don't need to ask for all kinds of specific things because God's will for me is perfect already. He doesn't require my assistance in determining what I need in life. I can just see God now, slapping his knee and guffawing as He reviews my list of "necessities."
Anyway, just wanted to pay a little tribute to Pat B. and her awesome song. I, too, am lighting up the darkness, all fired up for life in a way that I have never been before.