Monday, September 24, 2007

Don't Sweat the Small Things

My son and I were sitting at the table talking last night and he asked me what my favorite song is. As we talked about it I realized this question really isn't all that simple. I'm not afraid to say that my current all-time favorite song is "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar. Why? Because it reminds you not to sweat the small things in life. You see, little things in life happen and you just have to make the most of it and move on. Who cares if the milk went bad on you? (Don't think about the $3 a gallon price tag when answering this.) So you are late... big deal we can still make it special. It's the little things, both good and bad, that sometimes make the special memories.

Whenever I feel myself getting extremely stressed and just want to throw in the towel, I think of this song. It reminds me that nothing else matters because you are here, you are alive, and you have your family beside you. No one is perfect, things don't always go your way, and some day you really will look back and laugh. Take the time out each day to make something special of a "small thing". Laugh just because, give a hug, call a friend you haven't talked to for a while, or give a stranger a smile. Most of all remember that "it is just another day in paradise."

So now my challenge to you... What song seems to speak to you when you hear it? I'm anxious to hear what songs mean the most.

Again credit is given where it is due. "Just Another Day in Paradise" is a song written by Phil Vassar. You can hear it on his web page at:


  1. My favorite inspirational song is "Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops. Next time you listen to it, imagine that God is singing to you (ala Whoopi Goldberg's movie 'Sister Act'):

    I'll be there to give you all the love you need
    And I'll be there you can always depend on me
    I'll be there to always see you through
    I'll be there to love and comfort you


    My favorite single lyric is From Black Crowes, "She Talks to Angels":

    She keeps a lock of hair in her pocket
    She wears a cross around her neck
    Yeah, the hair is from her little boy
    And the cross is someone she has not met, not yet

    The song is about addiction, but this line speaks to me about the hope of heaven.

  2. Louise,

    I will have to look for the song "Reach Out, I'll be there." It does sound like a beautiful song and very inspirational. I also agree with you on your statement about the single lyric. It is beautiful.

    I hope you come back by my journal again.