This morning in Franconia, NH it was -8 degrees. My dog stared at me for a minute, as if to say, "really?" before she shuffled outside. My husband had already left since he did not have the holiday off and I needed to get the rest of us up to the mountain by 8:30 am for a meeting. As of 7:55, my 4 year old was still hiding under her covers pretending to be asleep so I had to bribe her with a 'treat' (I was going to have to come up with something pronto) to get her out of bed and into her ski clothes. Meanwhile, my other daughter had decided to make a treasure map and was in the process of counting out 10 paces to the bookshelf with zero desire to stop what she was doing and no intention of getting ready to go. Despite the temperature outside, I started to break a sweat as I was trying to get everyone ready and load up the car; almost positive that I was going to be late for work. Somehow I managed to pull it off and by 8:15 we were on our way. No one was happy, myself included. None of us had eaten breakfast and the girls were tired, extremely cold and mad at me for making them motivate. At this point, I had nothing to offer so I turned on the music. It was a song we all knew so I turned it up. I looked back and their heads were bopping up and down. I smiled at them. Then we all started to crack up a little and we quickly began to forget about or painful morning. All of this in just one song. Bottom line...music is so insanely powerful. It can help lift the tension in almost any situation. It is so easy to give into. And, for me, today, it was a total game changer. Hallelujah!
Listen to this:
Stop Mary - Graffiti6 (expected release for this album is 1/24)