Breathe

Two days into school and I am proud to say I have accomplished a great deal – I am AHEAD on all my readings and have paper topics for two of my final papers in mind. I have found a job and started to work.

And life is good.

But life is also full and stressful. I haven’t been sleeping through the night for months now which is normally fine. Except now I have several evening classes and then reasons to be up early in the morning. A shortened and broken up sleep is not all that restful. With each course, I have been getting the course syllabi – the contract, if you will, of what I am to complete this term. And as I am mapping it out on my day timer, I can’t help but ask – how?

And then I heard tonight a song by Alexi Murdoch — “don’t forget to breathe”

One of my dear friends of many years recently said to me that life is crazy. I am starting to believe that maybe this is true. Life is crazy. You know, several months ago, the plan for this next year was to volunteer and read. As I look at my schedule for the next few months, and how drastically my life has changed, I just shake my head and admit that I must also be crazy! In attempts to gain some sanity, I am seriously thinking of heading someplace sunny and warm and surrounded by ocean for the Christmas holidays. Believe me, as I study statistics, spending a week on the beach is incredibly appealing and motivation for me stick all this out and get the marks I need and pay the bills!

I have never been this determined to make something happen before – over the past few months, there have been many opportunities for me to opt out of school. And yet something fierce in me believed that the impossible could be made possible if I was determined enough – where there is a will there is a way! Or at list, where God wills, there is a way.

Everything has come together – in more ways than I could have imagined.

And life gets crazier by the day.

But in the craziness, I need to take time to breathe.

Breathe – by Alexi Murdoch

In the quiet of the shadow
In the corner of a room
Darkness moves upon you
Like a cloud across the moon

You’re a-wearing all the silence
Of a constant that will turn
Like the windmill left deserted
Or the sun forever burn

So don’t forget to breathe
Don’t forget to breathe
Your whole life is here
No eleventh hour reprieve
So don’t forget to breathe

Keep your head above water
But don’t forget to breathe

And all the suffering that you’ve witnessed
And the hand prints on the wall
They remind you how it’s endless
How endlessly you fall

And the answer that you’re seeking
For the question that you found
Drives you further to confusion
As you lose your sense of ground

So don’t forget to breathe
Don’t forget to breathe
Your whole life is here
No eleventh hour reprieve
So don’t forget to breathe

Keep your head above water
But don’t forget to breathe

Breathe….

Don’t forget to breathe
Don’t forget to breathe
You know you are here
But you find you want to leave
So don’t forget to… breathe

Just breathe
Just breathe
Just breathe…
Just breathe…
Just breathe…

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