At the beginning of this year, I committed to making 12 resolutions – one per month- rather than one big, ominous resolution for the whole year. So far, so good. I have been slowly checking little things off my big list, even when a global pandemic called Coronavirus reared its ugly head earlier this year.
But that’s not the story.
This month I was looking for something inspirational…something comforting in this time of unknowing.
I found it in the form of 60’s music! I watched some incredible documentaries that made me feel great. These films feature music that helped me forget about Coronavirus -albeit temporarily.
The list is endless… Once Were Brothers (Robbie Robertson and The Band), The Last Waltz (directed by Martin Scorsese and hailed as one of the greatest documentary concert films ever), David Crosby: Remember My Name, Echo in the Canyon ( a documentary about the ‘California sound’ featuring The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and Papas) just to name a few.
I asked myself why I was suddenly craving this genre of music.
It was….comforting. The lyrics, the music, the collaboration, the comraderie – the ‘hippiness’ of it all.
It seemed like a simpler time. A kinder and gentler moment in history.
But was it really? The Vietnam War, The Civil Rights protests, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc. etc.
It wasn’t a kinder and gentler time, at all.
If anything, it was uglier and more violent.
Perhaps, underneath the trampled protest signs, bullets and bloodshed were the seeds of peace, love, forgiveness and creativity. Catalysts at the crossroads of folk and rock.
If they could create then, we can certainly create now.
As Bob Dylan once said, “Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
These are definitely challenging times. Many of us feel helpless. Some of us will write, sing, dance or even tell jokes! Because, that’s what we do. That’s how we cope.
At the very least, it will comfort us in the minute and, who knows? We just might create something beautiful.
Rock on. Be safe.
So how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Already hating yourself for giving up Jan 2nd?
Did you know that, according to statistics, most people throw in the towel to becoming a better and brighter person by Jan 12th? Ouch.
So how can we make those resolutions stick in 2020? I recently read an article that suggested splitting up your resolutions into 12 monthly goals.
For January I set a goal of sacrificing my CNN screen time and committing to watch more documentaries. Yes, I would have to put away my Jay Tapper T-shirt and Don Lemon coffee mug for 31 days.
The results were immediate. I felt happier, more uplifted and confident that the world was not going to blow up – at least not this week.
There are SO many people trying to do good things out there.
Next time you’re on Netflix, check out the following docs…
The Game Changers
Whether you are an environmentalist, an extreme athlete, recovering from or prone to heart attack – this really is a film to watch.
One of my favorite quotes from The Game Changers:
“Someone asked me, ‘ How could you get as strong as an ox without eating any meat? My answer was, ‘ Have you ever seen an ox eating meat?’ ”
~ Patrick Baboumian/ World record holding strongman
Inside Bill’s Brain
Great doc on how Bill and Melinda Gates are trying to change the world for the better.
Fun fact… Did you know that Bill Gates is Warren Buffet’s bridge partner? Okay, not necessarily a FUN fact but interesting nonetheless. By the way, Warren needs to stop putting so much salt on his hamburgers. We need the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ to stick around as long as possible. Warren – check out The Game Changers.
On Yoga: The Architecture to Peace
Celebrity photographer Michael O’Neill travels the world to photograph some of the world’s top yogis and gurus in some of the craziest positions and with the most breathtaking landscapes.
Yes, the documentary inspired me to stretch but perhaps more importantly, you can see the impact of yoga and meditation on creating a happier and more peaceful planet.
On that note, so far so good for January.
I’ll let you know if my next resolution (getting healthier) survives until the end of February.