Take it easy on yourself

(because)…the world will keep turning without any help…

This is a good thing to “meditate on” during Lent. We really have control over so little. So don’t sweat the small stuff. All you really need is love! At least that’s what Don Williams says.

You remember Don Williams. He’s “The Gentle Giant” of country music, singer of popular ballads with 17 Number 1 records to his credit. But then, maybe you don’t. Even with all those hits, Don was never a super star (except, oddly enough, in England and Africa). In the U.S. he hit his peak in the 1970s and 80s. I remember seeing ads for his records on Channel 11 and laughing, confident in my own sophisticated taste. (I must add that where I went to school we laughed at everything and everyone. Forced gaiety was our way of life. This is not to say, that I did not take some things seriously–but these things were guarded dearly and only talked about at home.) Anyway, somewhere along the way I heard old Don. I was hooked. And I tell you, if you are ever stressed out and in need of a chill pill, Don Williams is for you. Listen to him on the way to work or on the way home, and you will find yourself newly calm, cool and collected–even smiling.

Here’s a link to my favorite Don Williams song “Good Ole Boys Like Me” which has wonderful literary references to the “Williams boys–Hank and Tennessee” and Thomas Wolfe, not to mention the great line about “When I was a kid Uncle Remus he put me to bed with a picture of Stonewall Jackson above my head”. You ask, how could we resist putting a picture of U.S. Grant over the boy’s bed? Well, we couldn’t, and, yes, we did. And it was really cool.

You may wonder if there is going to be a country music Lenten theme on this blog. Well, probably not, but if the shoe fits…