Somewhere along the line, I never heard Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs. That is, until 9/11. His song “I won’t back down” became a bit of an anthem for many people. It spoke to their gut about defending what they hold precious. I compare that spirit to those of the Israelites, who say “never again”.
But I am not here today to talk about politics. I am writing this in advance of a time when I will be traveling. As you read this, I am already ensconced at my destination.
That traveling is always a bit of a challenge these days, isn’t it? It’s funny. When we travel we are blending our every day life with their every day life. There are some flavors and spices that clash and are quite unpleasant to the palate. There are other emotional dishes that can be surprisingly flavorful. It does make me a bit apprehensive, as it puts me out of my comfort zone, and out of my routine. But when I stop to realize that I am not defenseless, I feel stronger. Does that happen to you? You see, all we need do is stand tall. We are never in the fray alone. Oh it may feel like it, but we never walk alone. Our friends “have our backs”. God is always with me. The ones who truly love me—and act like it===they will always have my back, too.
When I am weary or wounded or just feeling wiped out, there is always an oasis. And do you know what? I dusted off my armor the other day. I will stand my ground! You see—each day has its share of joys. There may be only one teeny sparkle or glimmer. But do you remember PolyAnna and her joy at playing with the prisms? One little shiny moment in a day can keep me skipping along. If the big bad wolf comes a pounding on my door—I will not cower under the bed. Nope. There is no need to! He cannot really win. He can roar and bite. But guess what? Those wolves that nip at our ankles or souls will ultimately lose. So fling the door open and blow right back in his face. Realize, too, that folks who behave that way are truly unhappy individuals.
So between “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty—-and Ricky Nelson singing “Garden Party” and a few other songs—I have a pretty cool sound track in my heart. But then, I am a product of the 60s and 70s…but I grew up surrounded also by parents who loved musicals and big band music. So I am a product of their music, too!
Stand your ground—don’t back down—be true to yourself!