Friday, August 20, 2010

Do Your Choices Lead to Failure or Success? It’s Your Decision!

I mostly write about social technology, and its use with events, at this blog.  Occasionally I dive into other subjects, in particular family, or life issues.  I basically write about what is on my mind.

Although I earn my keep as a business person, first and foremost I am an artist at heart.  So, oftentimes I express myself through some creative channel.  Since my artistic focus lies in the music realm it usually shows up in that arena.

Looking back on rock n roll history, I have noticed a similar thread to most of the stories shared, through this music.  That common denominator is a significant event, either positive, or negative, in the artist’s life, that drives their artistic moment.  Such was the life of Layne Staley, the famed Alice in Chains front-man, who died in 2002, from the longtime effects of drug addiction.  His partner, both saddened and inspired by his death wrote the song, “Your Decision” featured in the following video.

To view the lyrics to this powerful, yet simple song please click here.

So when you listened to this song what images appeared in your head?  What do you think the message was?  Many people believe this song is about drug addiction, or death, or both.  It probably is.  Only Jerry Cantrell, of Alice in Chains, knows what was really going on inside his head when he wrote the lyrics.  I think there is a deeper message than about drug addiction, or death.

“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. 1st Corinthians 10:23 (International Version, New Testament)

To me the message of this song is simple… We, as human beings all have options in life … We have choices.  Sometimes the best decisions are the tough ones, because they are accompanied by fear, and uncertainty.  We can either cave into those fears, taking the easy path, or we can dispel our fears and turn them into something really positive.

At some point we have all had to make tough choices.  I know I have.  When you face your fears head-on there is a feeling of exhilaration that follows.  Success is sweet.

Nuff said!  Happy Friday everyone.

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