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People Are Like Dogs
Dear dog lovers, would you ever look at your dog and say, “Hey, you shouldn’t be the kind of dog that you are, you should be some other kind of dog?” Rarely would we ever say such a thing to a dog though we definitely say that kind of thing to ourselves all the time. Think of how often we say things like: “I should be more outgoing, I should be prettier, I shouldn’t be so sensitive or sad all the time.” What the heck?? This album and the title song are about learning how to accept ourselves (and others) as the “breed” that we were born to be. If we’re ever going to have any peace of mind, we’ve got to love the breed we are! Woof!!
The most difficult part about self-evolution is accepting that there are going to be cocoon phases: times when we’re forced to go inside ourselves in order to heal. I’ve very little patience for these “down” times since I’m not only impatient but I’m fearful that life is going to be passing me by while I’m waiting to heal. But cocoon phases are essential to our growth and we have no choice but to endure them. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that, when we’re finally ready to emerge from our cocoon, we’re going to need to be gentle with ourselves as this is the most vulnerable stage of our evolution: when we’re completely weak from having being contained inside our cocoon for so long. We’ll need to be extraordinarily loving and forgiving towards ourselves as we’re bound to be a bit clumsy and uncoordinated at this time. After all, we’re transitioning from a caterpillar to a butterfly! When, at long last, we’re finally ready to stretch our wings and experience the lift of flight as we glide and soar on whimsies of air, we’ll want to make sure that we’re not burdened by any emotional weight: that we’re as free from guilt as possible over the fact that here we are soaring while so many others are either encased in their cocoons or being devoured by hungry birds. Each one of us only gets one chance at flying and we must allow ourselves to cherish it because, like all things, it’s transitory. Inevitably, our wings will one day fail and, once again, we’ll be earth bound. If we’re lucky, the cycle will start all over again: cocoon, emergence, flight, cocoon, emergence, flight. It’s normal that our hearts are always going to be focused on the flight phase since that’s the time when we show ourselves to the world. So, love the flying while it lasts!
Takes A Lot of Tears
There’s no escaping the fact that all of us are fated to suffer at some point or another in our lives. I used to think that some people were just born lucky since they appear to be living incredibly wonderful and happy lives. Though it may be true that certain people are blessed with greater benefits and better fortune than others are, in truth no one makes it through life unscathed. There are struggles and pain that all of us are forced to endure no matter what our lot is in life and that’s what this album is all about.
The Heart Needs a Home
Dear other love-stricken people out there in the world: “What’s to be done about the way our hearts refuse to let us rest? How we constantly cling to the hope that one day the right person is going to finally walk into our lives?” We know that love can’t be rushed but our hearts simply aren’t patient! As we wait and wait for love, we can’t help but feel that life is passing us by and, all the while, there’s this constant ache that has us persistently checking out all potential mates that come our way. All this constant searching is absolutely exhausting and it unavoidably makes us feel desperate and pathetic. Yet, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel too guilty for wanting to be in love because that’s what the heart wants, that’s what it needs. Our hearts want a home and, for those lucky ducks who’ve had the good fortune to find their soul mate, this album is a celebration of that love.