Finding Comfort in Acceptance

I find great nostalgia in this song. I use it for accepting things that are stressors.

The lyrics of this song paint pictures of unfairness and ingratitude and don’t apply directly to a lot things, but in some strange way, they sort of do.

Looking at the lyrics, well, this song was made in 1986 and still paints a pretty good up to the minute picture of what we might see just walking out the door, at least where I live, which is a big city.

So whether you’ve gone on a job interview and people didn’t bother to find out what you’re really all about, whether people are screaming some kind of evils at you for something you did in good faith, maybe your business isn’t going as planned or even something small happened like your evening plans got messed up. Just remember, “that’s just the way it is…” and keep on doing things in good faith with a positive approach…that’s what really makes the difference in people’s lives and your own comfort.

It reminds me a little bit about watching the ups and downs of WordPress and some of the more dramatic things that go on. So I thought a nice birthday gift to Matt Mullenweg’s “Just Blog” post challenge might be that sometimes we just need to say to ourselves, “that’s just the way it is…” and not get too wrapped up in things, even though we might try our best, we’re not going to be able to change everything or everyone’s mind. We can try, and because we try, we care.

It’s also a good reminder to me as I enter a year of writing that everything doesn’t always have to be all business, which will help me as I’ll be writing on several different platforms, including here and on WordPress.com in the coming year.

Lyrics

Standing in line, marking time
Waiting for the welfare dime
‘Cause they can’t buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old lady’s eyes
Just for fun he says, “Get a job”

That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them

Said hey, little boy, you can’t go where the others go
‘Cause you don’t look like they do
Said hey, old man, how can you stand to think that way?
Did you really think about it before you made the rules?
He said, son

That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them
Mm, yeah

Well, they passed a law in ’64
To give those who ain’t got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don’t change another’s mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar, no

That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
That’s just the way it is, it is, it is, it is

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