One Life

Two words are echoing in my heart this week thanks to James Morrison’s delicate rasp and powerful message that we don’t hear enough:

“One life…”

Know that little song of his? It speaks volumes through its soft, catchy, and dramatic melody. At the end of this post I’ve included the lyrics and a link to the YouTube video, but I recommend playing the video then quickly scrolling down to just read the lyrics below as he sings. The lyrics speak more powerfully than his video does.

It got me thinking, as most lovely songs about life often do, about the new year approaching. Whether you begrudgingly allow the new year to happen, or you’ve written a hearty little novel of resolutions for 2015…it’s a time for reflection either way. This year, for some, have been tough. For others, it’s been filled with enough joy to light up an Oklahoma midnight sky.

For me, it was filled with a whole lot of change, much needed in some ways, always gracefully met with embrace. Sean and I have God, family, friends, and everyone we’ve met from Oklahoma to thank for that :). I’m a better person for this move. I have a lot on my mind with what I want out of 2015, but I’ll save that post for when 2015 actually arrives. For now, it’s a time of reflection and I feel that this song, “One Life,” honors that beautifully. What gets me in those lyrics is that it really is just one simple life that I live. One life.

How grateful we should be to have the things, shelters, opportunities, jobs, families, friends, and finances that surround us. Grateful to have something to cheers with on a night like New Year’s Eve. The life we have must be lived to the fullest – are you doing that? Better get busy livin.

To remind myself of this year’s moments – and the people I’m beyond blessed to have in my life, I’ve put together this short but sweet little Flipgram. Enjoy!

To my hubs, family, and friends – thank you for a great year…and a glorious life. Big ol’ cheers to you tonight as we all ring in our new year.

As promise, the video and lyrics:

When I was a young boy
I was living for the moment
The world was wide open
I had every choice
But with so many choices
I just didn’t know what to do now
All I say is forget it
If you tell me I’ll regret it
Just let it be what it is
Coz it’s so easy to say
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
My daddy sat me down, he said,
“Son it’s probably time to start making some plans”
And I said, “No, not right now”
With so many choices
I just didn’t know what to do now
All I’d say is forget it when he’d tell me I’d regret it
Just let it be what it is, coz it’s so easy to say.
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
You say the more you think you know what’s right
The less you do what you feel inside
So I won’t pretend that I always know
I just follow my heart wherever it goes
And I may not always get it right
But at least I’m living coz I’ve only got this
One life, one life, one life, I’ve got this one life.
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
When I’m an old man, hope I’ll be rocking in my chair
Smiling to myself
I’ll tell my baby girl
“You only get one life, so make sure you live it right”

~James Morrison

Author: Katherine

Hey! I'm Katherine. I live in the greater Tulsa, OK area with my hubby, our fraternal (boy & girl) twins, and our yellow lab. I adore writing, running, biking, laughing, cooking, baking, and traveling. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoy a post or two!

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