Not The Same
February 5, 2013
Things change ... and always for the better if you are able to see the good stuff that comes with the "terrible" parts of change. The best part is ... change is all about the speed at which you are able to adapt. The faster you can see the GROWTH and GOOD about the change happening around you, the faster you can accept change for what it is, get past the bad parts, and evolve into a better you -- bigger and stronger than ever.
I downloaded the new album from Donald Fagen earlier this week. I have enjoyed his work as both a solo artist and for the 35+ years since the "Katy Lied" Steely Dan album. Coming off his last work in 2006 "Morph The Cat," which was a great third solo album, had dealt mostly of darker subject matter. I was expecting something similar, but much to my surprise I heard the Donald of before, the more upbeat and forward looking Donald. The more I listened, the more inspired I became. Check out a sample of these lyrics, from a song called "Not The Same Without You":
Since you've been gone, an awesome change has come about
My life is different now,
I'm not the same without you
I'm evolving at a really astounding rate of speed
Into something way cooler than what I was before
I feel much stronger than I have in years
My mind is sharp, and my spirit's high
Now people tell me the shape of my face is changing
I've grown an inch taller since July
What in the world is going on? Please tell me
Without you, I now have eyes to see
Some other destiny
A futurescape of brighter dreams
In which I bring off heroic escapades
INSPIRATION FOR THE TAKING
What a fabulous attitude! He has nailed it. Here is basically saying he can now visualize himself successful and achieving much success from where he used to be, suffocated and restrained. The lesson? Get through the difficult part of a change (the difficult part was the breakup) and look what happens on the other side. This song is one of the most upbeat I have heard in years from Donald and is now my favorite song of his.
Time heals all wounds, and time also heals drastic change. This can be applied to anything in life that we are involved with. The breakup occurs (of a job, a relationship, business deal, etc), and those involved feel terrible through that initial portion of the "Change Timeline." Add a year to it and look what you have achieved. Forward thinking, you can move to your next success as quickly as you would like to. This song really struck me with that lesson.
If your career is at a point where all the change has you down, listen to the song. And understand that you can uplift yourself to your next destiny. It's all within your control. Nothing remains the same. Use the change FOR your personal growth.