Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Life Is Hard/ Lean On Me



The above sign is now posted at the end of a boardwalk at Panola Mountain State Park.  It is meant to make people understand the fragile plants in the area.  Seems to me that there is a lesson here that could be applied to life in general.

Life is hard: Be gentle and don't stomp all over the place, okay?   Respect, please.




Bill Withers had a big hit with "Lean On Me" in 1972.  I think that  this song goes along with my thinking for this post.




If you don't have time to click on the link to Bill Withers, let me just give you a quote about songwriting from him. 
"I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel... healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you."



27 comments:

  1. It seems that people should know not to be careless about Mother Nature's gifts to us. I hope people heed the message. And of course Lean On Me has an enduring message.

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    1. The reason that the phrase "stomping all over the place" came to me was because I have seen people do just that thing over this fragile area. It made me very happy to find this sign!

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  2. A very good message to think about, Kay! You are right, we should heed those words not only when walking in Panola!
    Good song; I know I'll be humming it all day now :-)

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    1. And not just walking but going through our lives!
      Happy to make you sing, but don't forget to dance too! :-)

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  3. A good thought for the day, Kay, and a great song.

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    1. Hey, Mike! I read about if further and I see that many singers lately have brought it to a younger generation, so that makes me glad!

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    1. It hasn't aged a bit, the song sounds just as good today!

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  5. Life can be pretty rough. I hope people heed that sign and don't make things even harder for the precious plants and animals around the boardwalk. Life is tough, but with the right care, the right roots, and the right support, anyone can survive even the toughest conditions.

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    1. The right care, the right roots and the right support...you sound like a great gardener and a great guy! :-)

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    1. You know how pleased I was to find it!

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    1. Hey Nan!
      Thanks for your comment! I know you remember this song, it sounds like one you would have liked too! :-)

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  8. Reminds me of the J.M. Barry quote "Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

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    1. I love that quote. Thanks, Lisa, very much for sharing it here.

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  9. Ah, 1972. The year I was courted, became engaged and then married....I remember this song! I remember it well.

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    1. That was the year my older sister graduated from high school. She would drive us around for hours in her car and we would listen to the radio. This was one of the songs that was played a lot!

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  10. Many places here you stay on the boardwalk or risk running into poison ivy! Love that song.

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    1. Oh yes, we have the poison ivy in Georgia too!

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  11. What a great sign! And I love that song. Takes me back in time...

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    1. Hey Martha! Happy to show you this sign!

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  12. I shared this on Facebook. It's a perfect message. I hope it gains you some readers.

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    1. Thank you, Dennis! You have made my day.
      Seems that hope and encouragement is not much in style these days but I live in hope!

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  13. Seems to get truer every week, doesnt it?

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