Well, I guess it would have been more timely of me to post this on Thanksgiving, but I was enjoying my family and friends too much. I was thinking about this song on Thanksgiving, though! When I hear it, I can’t help but reflect on the blessings of my life. Simple abundance.
And I’ve got all that I’m allowed
It’ll do for me, I’m thankful now
The walls get higher every day
The barriers get in the way
But I see hope in every cloud
And I’m thankful, thankful
I’m thankful, So thankful
I’m thankful, I’ve got all that I’m allowed
This is one of those songs that can only come in the latter years of one’s career, with some maturity and (dare I say) age. It may not be as provocative or imagerial as their earlier tunes, but the message still hits home: Be thankful for what you’ve got, despite – or in spite of – what life hands you.
I always hoped that I’d do better
That I’d come out on top for once
We all get what we’re delivered
Then there are the lucky ones
And it’s a message that I wish I would keep top of mind every day…but I sometimes (often?) lose it all somewhere between the cracks. I am reminded of those days when I’ve been holed up in my home office for far too long, or my kids have been bickering, or who knows what else I’m allowing to cause discord and discomfort – and I go outside and all of a sudden I find myself noticing how the fronds on the palms glisten in the sunlight against the crystal backdrop of the blue, blue South Florida sky. Almost a revelation, it’s like “Wow, where have I been?” And how can you not see hope in every cloud then?
(And wasn’t that very magnanimous of Elton to tell concert Security to let people take as many pictures as they want)?!
All That I’m Allowed (I’m Thankful) – Peachtree Road 2004