Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
It's an old jazz expression and the name of an old tune; and it is a universal truth. The message, superficially, is simply, if it isn't enjoyable, why bother? If it hasn't an essence, an importance, a soul...walk away. Yes, I know, life isn't always about playing, but it is about choices.

Some people struggle, even agonize over the smallest of choices and decisions. They don't know if it is the right thing to do, "what will they say?", and so on. Many end up living out unhappy scenarios produced by unfortunate choices. How, then, to decide? Should I do this or that?

First, it has to pass the smell test. If it is illegal, harmful or shameful to others or yourself...take a pass. If it does not bring out the best in you or use you up in the best way, maybe there is a better choice. When you have winnowed it down to a few things it is time to trust your guts. Listen to that inner voice that always knows what is meant to be and go with it. It will fit, feel right, create the flow experience, cause bliss. Oh man, it will have that swing.

A good tune done by a good band can produce a bad experience if it ain't got that swing. If my foot isn't tapping after 3-4 bars of music, I'm turning it off. Now, get into your boat and see how that feels. Are you swinging?

Paddle safe...

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