“This Is The Life”  by Dream Theatre

Written May 29, 2017

For anyone who hasn’t read a lot of my posts, I love music. Sometimes it’s the rhythm of the song that draws me in and sometimes it’s the lyrics. And then there are songs that draw me in with rhythm, lyrics and the singer’s voice. When I heard the song “This is the Life” by a band from my youth called Dream Theatre I was first drawn in by the edgy but soft melody. That is until I listened to the words.

The song starts out by setting the scene. “In the heart of your most solemn barren night; When your soul’s turned inside out, Have you questioned all the madness you invite? What your life is all about?” This verse is asking you, the listener, when you’re up in the middle of the night, upset and pacing the floor, if you have questioned your life. More directly, it’s asking if you are the cause of your own chaos.

There is a time of night where all is very quiet. It’s the time from midnight to about 4am. The time of night when the day creatures are sleeping soundly. Aside from the normal night creatures making a little noise, all is very quiet, still, and calm. It’s a time when we can hear our Higher Power and our Ancestors more clearly without all of life’s noises. It’s also time when we can hear our conscience too. You know the voices I’m talking about. Those voices are usually those voices of guilt, shame, regret along with anger and resentment. Occasionally we hear voices of gratitude too.

Sometimes those thoughts and feelings we have in that solemn barren night occur during the day. Something we say or do ignites those feelings – many of which we don’t want to feel.  Some people call moments like this a Spiritual Awakening. In case you don’t know, a Spiritual Awakening is the process by which we begin to explore our own being in order to become whole and reunite our spirits with our physical bodies in a commonality of purpose. There are LOTS of articles on this subject but simply put it’s that “Ah ha!” moment when everything seems to make sense.

As you listen to the song, you hear that some of us choice to live gracefully and some of us end up getting caught in cycles of insanity, unmanageability and are lost forever. This life we belong to is a precious gift. You’re probably wondering how living a hard life is a gift. The reason is because our, yours and mine, Higher Power has given you life. You are still alive no matter how screwed up your life is. Like many others before you, you can use those lessons learned from your hard life to teach others. In that solemn barren night I came to realize that I have the gift of being able to do just that. I’m gratefully able to share with others my experience, strength and hope that I’ve learned with others.

In life we, well most of us, have the freedom to choose how we want to live. That same Higher Power can help to free you from your prison and guide you to start over. We don’t have to live like we’re caught up in a maze. We don’t have to live in a world of insanity while drama and chaos steals our energy.  We have the option to live like that or we can live gracefully and away from all that “stuff”.

Wishing you were someone else does nothing more than waste your time. You may think that person’s life is perfect or at least better than yours but in reality that person is probably dealing with their own demons. That person just has better ways to live(coping skills, etc) or they just don’t show others. In other words, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Overall this song reminds us that our life and the choices we make are our own. We can invite insanity, drama and chaos in our lives or we can go with the flow of life. In the end, “Memories will fade, Time races on, What will they say, After you’re gone?”

Thought for the day: Life is kind of like the game Chutes and Ladders. Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down. Every choice you make have consequences so choose wisely.

“This Is The Life”  by Dream Theatre

In the heart of your most solemn barren night
When your soul’s turned inside out
Have you questioned all the madness you invite
What your life is all about

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine

Have you ever wished that you were someone else
Traded places in your mind
It’s only a waste of your time

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine

Feed the illusion you dream about
Cast out the monsters inside

Life begins with an empty slate
Fragile left in the hands of fate
Driven by love and crushed by hate
Until the day
The gift is gone
And shadows remain

Some of us choose to live gracefully
Some can get caught in the maze
And lose their way home
Memories will fade
Time races on
What will they say
After you’re gone
This is the life we belong to
Our gift divine
Our gift divine

***Please be sure to read more of my posts.

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