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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #17B: Gratitude & Forgiveness
by Stephen P. Cook
to be sung to the tune of “My Girl” by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White / The Temptations
I’ve had trouble, been suffering pain1
When I’m down like that, dark clouds can dump
Tears now all spent
In my head this new mindset
Grateful, feeling so grateful2
Not blaming3 you, I forgive and forget
Not backing resentment, not a good bet
Who’s my sweet pet?
And why is life now no sweat?
Grateful, feeling so grateful
Expecting sunny days, my outlook bright
Running with a kind heart, traveling light4
I just won’t let
Dark clouds make me cold and wet
Grateful, feeling so grateful
Less anxiety to get in my way
With positive thoughts I now play5
Feeling so, feeling so,
Feeling so grateful, yeah grateful
Life is good again and
/ COMMENTS (this
song is part of the author’s personal story)
semi-autobiographical song was written during an emotionally challenging
period for the author: the late summer of 2013.
Its inspiration (thank you, Muses!) came while he was running
around a track in Socorro, New Mexico and it started to rain.
scientific studies link the subjective feelings of gratitude with
increased well being: grateful people feeling less
stress and anxiety, more in control of their lives, greater sense
of purpose, more satisfaction with social relationships, greater
self esteem, less depression, etc.
is placed by a displeased angry person on another person, persons, or
institution to communicate that they are believed
to be responsible or at fault for the perceived (real or
imagined) offense. Blame
involves making a judgment, serving notice
that another is being held accountable, and potentially seeking
justice. Depending upon the intensity with which the person
who has been offended pursues justice, this can lead in many
directions: an apology which ends the matter, legal action,
punishment by law, revenge, punishment by
vigilantes, a cycle of violence, etc.
refers to carrying less emotional baggage. In this regard, compare this
worldview theme and song, with the previous
ones’: the “Bitterness & Vengeance” theme and the
“When Justice is Finally Done” song. Simply the feeling conveyed by
songs alone presents a big contrast: the “heaviness” of the
previous song with the
relative lightness of this theme’s song.
the 1952 publication of The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman
Vincent Peale part of its basic message has won
adherents: repeating good thoughts brings good things, while
continually dwelling on negative thoughts can bring bad things.
In short, people create their own reality by their thoughts.
Comment: this theme can lighten your
emotional baggage load by casting off blame (see notes 3 & 4). An
infusion of feelings of gratitude, positive thinking (see notes 2 &
5) can emotionally shield you from pain of reliving past trauma. The
positive thinking can be part of a general strategy called
“meaning-focused coping” in which you use your beliefs and values to
instill meaning in a story you’ve constructed (to live in your head)
about the good that came out of a stressful, painful event. Example: an
economics student who values the “opportunity cost” concept is
dumped by his girl friend. His mother comforts him by pointing out
“when one door closes, another opens.” Thinking about that, he
realizes that as long as he chose to be with the former girl friend he
missed out on finding a more awesome girl friend and incurred an
back to theme #17B
Musicians--We'd love it if you perform this song! Please contact us!