Find your Arrow…Find your Song.

(Picture Taken by G-S-S, Redmond, OR October 2020)

The Arrow and the Song

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44624/the-arrow-and-the-song

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

I shot an arrow into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where; 
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight 
Could not follow it in its flight. 

I breathed a song into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where; 
For who has sight so keen and strong, 
That it can follow the flight of song? 

Long, long afterward, in an oak 
I found the arrow, still unbroke; 
And the song, from beginning to end, 
I found again in the heart of a friend. 

— The Arrow and the Song” As a Representation of Wonder: The poem is a comparison of an arrow shot in the air and a song sung in the open. It shows how both disappear quickly with far-reaching impacts. … Symbolically, the arrow may represent unkind or harsh words, whereas the song stands for kindness and pleasing words. —https://literarydevices.net/the-arrow-and-the-song/

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Along those lines there is an Incredible Quote from the MOVIE: Love & Mercy (John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903657/

The main character is sitting down at his piano and starts to play a song in his head that he feels describes his girlfriend and he says to her,

“Sometimes your inner voice wants to express itself. And every once in awhile, every blue moon your soul comes out to play. It can’t be rushed. Its like a kid, its just nature.”

–So I say to you…take note when that blue moon happens. Take the time to play. Write down your thoughts, express your emotions, paint, sing, build with your hands, dig in the dirt, ride a horse, watch a sunrise/sunset, dip your toes in a stream, lay on your back and look at the stars, tap a melody, (hand)write a family member/friend/neighbor, take a picture of something simple that may go unnoticed…just relish in being a child for that moment. Allow your soul to come out and play-naturally without fear of judgement or criticism or the constraints of time and obligation.

You will be happier, I promise.

-J

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