I love music! It has always been an important aspect of my life, of my passion. When I am not able to listen to music, the song writers and musician stay with me as songs randomly pop into my head.
As I sat down here this morning, Tommy Shaw of Styx decided to join me.
“You see the world through your cynical eyes
You’re a troubled young man I can tell
You’ve got it all in the palm of your hand
But you hand’s wet with sweat and your head needs a rest ….”
(Fooling Yourself, Styx, The Grand illusion album, 1977, written by Tommy Shaw)
“I Need…” “Why Can’t I Get …” “If I Could Only Have …” “I Want…”
For some “IT” is never enough. The quest for “IT” is their life. “IT” is that one thing that would make life perfect, will make them happy. They spend all of their time seeking those things they don’t have. It is a constant, never-ending quest for that which they will never find. They will never find “IT” because the only place they don’t look for “IT” is right in front of their face. It is at their reach and they already have “IT” in the palm of their hand. They just don’t stop long enough to see “IT”.
It’s amazing how those with so little seem so much happier than those with so much. They are not blinded by so much piled in front of them that they can see “IT” right in front of them. They appreciate what they do have and do not waste their time seeking that which they already have. Without spending all of their energy on the “Grand Illusion” they find peace and happiness with that which they already have.
How can you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
How can there be such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man
For those that do seek the Grand Illusion, the “IT” they will never find, they become angry.
“They have “IT’, why can’t I?”, “It’s not fair” “I deserve “IT”
The anger builds. their frustration takes hold of their mind and they are convinced others have “IT” already. They become resentful of others they perceive as having “IT” They are too blind to see that “IT” is the Illusion. “IT” is a chameleon, constantly changing to hide itself in their current life. When they obtain “IT” they find that “IT” has changed it colors and moved out of their reach again. “IT’ didn’t change their lives. “IT” was not the answer so they move on to the next quest, like a hamster in cage. Always running to, and never reaching there.
At some point, as they near the end of this journey we call life, they reflect and see all they missed chasing the Grand Illusion”. We all have a limited time here on this Earth. Regardless of how long, all of our time will end at some point. Imagine realizing that your journey is coming to end, and that your relentless quest for “IT” was the only thing that prevented you from having “IT”
As you plan out your day, thinking of all of the things you are going to do in your quest of “IT”, STOP! Stop and reflect on what you have, what you have in the palm of your hand. Those who surround you and support you. The magic in the things that happen everyday like a sunrise or a sunset. Instead of lamenting what doesn’t work or what you don’t have, think of the amazing world that you live.
You may find that you have been FOOLING YOURSELF and that the Grand Illusion is just that.