- Sara Mann
It's Amazing What A Minute Can Do.
Happy Saturday everyone!!! I don’t know about you but this week seemed SO LONG!
Do any of you have a song that the minute it comes on you are like, wow, SAME!?
So there is this Dave Matthews song, So Damn Lucky, that I play pretty much all the time. I would put it in my top ten favorite songs of all time. It’s one of those songs where the lyrics just seem to click with the current situation and you get all the feels because well, relatable! Since Dave and I haven’t sat down and chatted about what the song is actually about I make my own assumptions and to me it’s about how in one moment, everything can change. Sometimes the change feels like slow motion, or it feels like you are spinning and have no idea what is going on, or you just want to go back to that moment right before it all happened. I’ve been feeling all of these a lot lately. I feel lost, dizzy and wishing I could just go back two and a half years ago and decide not to do any of this.
One of the lyrics that really sticks out to me in the song is, “It’s amazing what a minute can do.” It’s such a simple lyric, but when you actually stop and think about it, it’s pretty incredible. A LOT can change in a minute. Literally. Sixty measly seconds and so much can happen. In sixty seconds I have heard bad news, gotten in car accidents, won bingo, listened to half of a song, had a phone call that changed my life, made decisions that were amazing and made decisions that ruined me. In one minute my mood can go from happy to angry. In one minute I can be fine in my car and then suddenly handing someone my insurance information. It’s crazy to think about isn’t it?
It’s made me think about my recovery. In one minute I made the decision to recover, put my foot the on the gas, and it's sent me on this journey that has been a mixture of freedom and hell. I often wish I could go back to that one minute I made the decision to recover and change that decision. There have been so many times that I have been doing ok and then in one single minute, BAM, things change. I see my reflection, I am told my weight, someone calls me pregnant, I see an old picture of myself, or even a new one, an insecure thought pops up and my entire day, the other 1439 minutes, are ruined. It only takes a minute on instagram to feel inadequate or a minute in a room of other people to feel inferior. One single minute of something not so good has the power to ruin all of the other minutes. I think Dave is right! It’s amazing to me, what a minute can do!
On the flip side, one single minute can completely change things for the better. If I’m feeling anxious or my eating disorder is taking over, it can just take one single minute of slowing down, testing my thoughts or breathing slowly to calm me down. It only takes a minute to stand up and go do an opposite action to get out of my funk. Saying a prayer only takes a minute and reading a verse or quote that will speak truth into my mind takes even less then a minute. It only takes a minute to pick up the phone and call someone I love to connect when I’m feeling low and it takes less then a minute to smile and get my body to actually think it is happy! It only takes a minute to say I’m sorry to someone and in one minute you can tell yourself how loved and beautiful you are.
I don't know if this blog makes any sense, but over the past week I’ve just been noticing how quickly one little thing in one little minute can change things and it truly is amazing to me what a minute can do! Literally all of the things I mentioned above happened to me this week (except winning bingo.)… All in 60 short, or long, seconds. I think what I’m learning is that I can’t let any one single minute define me or control me because 99% of the time, another minute is going to come along and that minute has the opportunity to be amazing in a different way. Some minutes in my day are going to be REALLY bad, and others are going to be really amazing. Some minutes I have control over what happens, and some minutes I don’t. I’m learning to take it all in stride (key word: learning).
I guess my point is, it really is amazing what a minute can do, and I really want to remember that the minute something bad happens, the next minute it can also get better.
Or as Dave says
"Take it slowly....."
- Sara -
This is my favorite version of this song!
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - So Damn Lucky (Live at Radio City Music Hall)
So Damn Lucky
Dave Matthews Band
Everything's different My head in the clouds
I hit this corner With my foot on the gas I started sliding, I lose it Everything's different just like that
Oh my God, wait and see What will soon become of me Frozen heart Screaming wheels Does that screaming come from me So damn lucky, when went on ahead You say, you say I see you later I heard what you said a few minutes later I'm sliding Everything's different, again
Oh my God, wait and see What will soon become of me This frozen heart Screaming wheels But does that screaming come from me I'm dizzy from all this spinning Now I'm thinking that you did all you could When you said my love Take it slowly OK, is what I said Oh my God, wait and see What will soon become of me Frozen heart Screaming wheels But does that screaming come from me Take me back, just before I was spinning Take me back, just before I got dizzy Take me back, amazing what a minute can do Just like you So, so, so, so, up, around, around, around Amazing what a minute can do Around, around, around Ok....