If I had to name one artist that has never, ever disappointed me musically, while simultaneously (and probably unconsciously) helping me become a better me, it has to be India.Arie. Maybe it’s because her songs are so positive and transparent to life and love. Maybe it’s because her live performances (which I’ve had the pleasure of attending) are moving, graceful and entertaining. Or maybe it’s just that she’s genuinely a gifted and talented artist. Either way, her music gives life and there are a few songs of hers that have helped me get through some low points in my life.
Music is powerful, and can aid in changing your mood, situation, perspective and most assuredly your mind. Which is why I find these motivating music posts so important. I can be completely spent after running or trying to get through a hard workout, but an awesome song could come on my iPod and I’m able to kick things back into gear for those 3 or 4 minutes. Listening to the words, the beat, the whole package.
So, enough about my insights. This song by India is one of my favorites. It reminds us that each day should be the start of a new beginning. We have to make a conscious effort to speak life into ourselves and to whatever we’re facing. India.Arie does an exceptional job of that with this song! It’s so chock-full of messages that can be taken with you ever single day.
My favorite line: Life is a challenge/Not a competition/You can still smell the roses/And be on a mission/Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart.
I think this song is great for ANY type of exercise. Or if you just need to remind yourself to not be so hard on yourself. Start over each day and remember what you HAVE done, not what you haven’t.