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August 31, 2012

Get Behind the Mule in the Morning and Plow
Filed under: People Skills — Tags: — nedpelger

I was visiting with a friend last night who spent 15 ¬†of the last 16 years in prison. We spoke about working and making a difference in life. We just laughed and relaxed and agreed to strive to live in the moment. The past and the future don’t really matter too much, the present does.

That sentiment reminded me of one of my favorite Tom Waits songs, Get Behind the Mule in the Morning and Plow.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORSMACaVPYY

Here are the last lyric lines:

Pin your ear to the wisdom post
Pin your eye to the line
Never let the weeds get higher than the garden(12)
Always keep a sapphire in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind

You got to get behind the mule in the morning and plow
Got to get behind the mule in the morning and plow
Got to get behind the mule in the morning and plow
Got to get behind the mule in the morning and plow

So try to let go of the anxiety, the worry, the perfectionism or just the blahs and do that thing that the moment calls for.