Sunday, December 8, 2019

5 Inspirational Theme Songs for 2020

What is your life theme for 2020? 5 Life Theme Songs 

Last week I reviewed five inspirational quotes to carry you through 2020. This week's review is about musical inspiration.

Which one of these five areas in life do you feel you need to or want to focus on in 2020?

COURAGE

For me, strangely enough, for 2020, it's courage. It's strange because I've always been a doer, a person who steps-out, steps-up, and gets things accomplished. I've always had the courage to fight for others, and help them with their tasks and build their goals. However, if I'm honest with myself, my weakness is in fighting for my own goals. It's scary when you're only doing for yourself! To keep myself on track and accountable, I've created a specific plan and told most of my family what it is.

More than ever before, I'm feeling a sense of independence. I can't explain it, except to say that to complete my 2020 career-related goals, I need courage and the discipline to follow the plan I've laid out for myself.

Celine Dion's new song 'Courage' is about her new life without the love of her life, her husband, Rene, and the courage needed to step out of her own comfort zones. However, there are lyrics within the song that speaks to exactly how I feel:

"Courage, don't you dare fail me now,
I need you to keep away the doubts
I'm staring in the face of something new
You're all I got to hold on to
So, courage, don't you dare fail me now"



BELIEF

Whether you're trying to achieve a dream, accomplish a goal, or want to believe in the power of good, Rascal Flatt's Olympic Version of Unstoppable is your song. A few New Years ago, I wrote about this being a choice song to start fresh.

Belief gets us to where we're going. It's hard to hold onto, especially when things come crashing down around us. That's when we have to dig deeper, and believe that there's sun on the other side. Mastering self is the hardest battle we'll fight.

Belief for me begins with realizing that the only person I can control is myself. We can't change other people, we all know that, yet we spend so much mental energy trying to. Letting go, in my opinion, that's the road to self-belief.



HOPE

Is 2020 all about holding onto hope? If so, you'll want to add Natasha Bedingfield's song 'Hope' to your new year's playlist.

Holding onto a positive outlook isn't always doable, that's why we have music. The right song, with the right message, can wake us up and help us see things from a different perspective.

My word is Hope. What's a personal word? It's the word that you choose to govern your life by. My children have even selected their own life words. I'm wearing a necklace with the word Hope written on it; it was a gift from one of my closest friends. I never take it off.



KINDNESS

Is kindness your major theme for 2020? Are you planning to seek out more of it? Or are you going to lead by example and be the best person you can be? I imagine most of us think of ourselves as mostly kind anyway. Maybe resisting those moments we want to be unkind is a way to stretch that kindness goal a little further. Most of those tests are within families, and sometimes online.

If you're looking for a song for 2020 that can help stay within the margins of kindness, add Tim McGraw's gorgeous song, 'Humble and Kind' to your playlist.


GRATEFUL

Are you choosing 'Grateful' as your theme for 2020? Get the tissues out and listen to Josh Groban's song 'Thankful.' The lyrics remind us that each of us must find our truth and that it's so long overdue.

As we look into the face of those we love, and smile, we don't always grasp that, that alone is enough. Appreciating all that we have, it's as easy as that isn't it? Would you agree that understanding the concept of being grateful comes more into focus with age?






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7 comments:

  1. Music is such an important way to inspire you, I have had many 'anthems' to get me through different things in my life. Love your selection.

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  2. Beautiful choices. Music is so moving and inspirational. This is always such an important time of year to reflect on moving into the New Year with intention. Wishing you your best year ever in 2020.

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  3. Certain words & phrases in particular songs have always 'spoken' to me just when I've needed them to. I've always admired the way you find just the right songs and words to convey the messages you are sending to yourself and to others, Barbara.

    As an personal example, a line from Simon & Garfunkel's song The Boxer has helped me 'age (somewhat) gracefully in my senior years as it acts as a reminder that there is nothing I can do about it... LOL. The line (a favorite) is "..... older than I once was, younger than I'll be....".

    Thanks for these inspirational theme songs for the upcoming new year. We all need encouragement at various times and music has a way of filling that need.

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  4. You have captured the very reason I love music so much. Music touches our hearts & souls and expresses our own thoughts and emotions. You have featured several of my own personal favorite soloists and songs. The exceptional, God-given voice of Josh Groban combined with his touching lyrics is like listening to an angel straight from Heaven. We do have much to be thankful for!

    In the right moment, at the right place in time, either of these songs could be my choice for listening. But I would have to say, regardless of what else is going on around us, thankfulness is paramount. The rest seem to follow once our minds recognize our blessings & our hearts sing with praise and thankfulness.

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  5. Music has the power to move and inspire us like nothing else! I believe we create the reality we focus on (the "beast" we choose to feed), so being intentional about choosing a focus for 2020 and having music to help reinforce and inspire us to maintain that focus is so important. Thank you for your wonderful recommendations!

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  6. Barbara you have captured in those 5 songs some really important aspects of every life and every life lesson we need to go through. Thank you for putting these together. I will listen to all of them and let them sink into my mind, heart and soul. Thank you for a timely review and a wonderful way to get back on track.....

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  7. Love this! A good reality reminder for what is truly important.

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