Galileo …

indigogsOne of my favorite songs from college is the Indigo Girls’ hit, “Galileo” – and in particular, this line:

“How long til my soul gets it right … can any human being ever reach that kind of light … “

For someone as impatient as I am, I feel like the past year and a half has been about patience and waiting for “my soul to get it right.”

I wouldn’t say I’m there quite yet, but every day I feel a bit closer to being (another Indigo Girls tune) “closer to fine.” 😉

I couldn’t get “Galileo” out of my head this weekend and realized there was a message in there for me. Because whenever I listen to Indigo Girls, I’m taken back to my college years and my girls. They were happy, easy times … long before 9/11, before we all had careers and homes and husbands and babies. Our biggest concern back then was deciding who to invite to a crush party and getting to class on time (thanks to our mutual Starbucks addiction, we didn’t usually make it on time!).

It was a simpler time … and I think I need to channel some of that “simple” energy right now. We’re about to enter the crazy holiday season, and there’s no time like the present to do a little inner soul-searching. Care to join me?

How about you? Are there any lyrics that you always come back to for inspiration? Or any lyrics that you hold dear?


8 thoughts on “Galileo …

  1. I love that song! It’s on my “wake up” cd I play every morning.

    There are a number of songs I go back to according to my mood and need for inspiration. Of course, Heather Small’s “Proud” is one of them, and most recently it’s been Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb”

  2. Tripping Billies by the Dave Matthews Band. It is about living my life to the fullest.
    “So why would you care
    To get out of this place
    You and me and all our friends
    Such a happy human race
    ’cause we’re tripping Billies”
    I just love it.

  3. I LOVE the Indigo Girls. I often come back to those lyrics too.

    Some other favs are:

    “The fleet of hope is so pretty
    when she’s shining in the port.
    And the harbor clings to the jetty
    for protection and support.”
    – Indigo Girls

    “When you live in a world,
    well it gets into who you thought you’d be.
    And now I laugh at how the world changed me,
    I think life chose me,
    after all.”
    – Dar Williams

    I also LOVE this quote (though it’s not a lyric):

    “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quite voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Ann Radmacher

    I’m also SO inspired/motivated by the poetry of Mary Oliver, especially this one:

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