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Music Monday ~ Matchbox 20 October 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People.

Freedom is a key to happiness.

Of course, none of us is completely free since we are subject to natural laws (e.g., gravity, hunger, thirst) while on this mortal coil.

Still . . . most of us could be far freer than we are.

We can be free of arbitrary rules designed to “keep us in line” so that we are more easily “herded.”

We can be free of ego concerns which drain energy (fear, resentment, worry) without adding anything of value.

We can be free of self-imposed limitations . . . by getting out of our own way.

Long day?  People trying to Push you around?  Want to get it Back 2 Good

Reach down your hand in your pocket . . . and pull out some HOPE.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. BrainRants - October 17, 2011

Di and I love Matchbox 20.

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

When “Yourself or Someone Like You” came out . . . I fell in love with every song! 😀

2. Maggie - October 17, 2011

I love that song! Matchbox 20 was one of my favorite bands a few years back.

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

I fell in love with PUSH the first time I heard it . . .

3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - October 17, 2011

I always like Music Mondays!

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Thanks, Greg. Me too! So many songs . . . so few Mondays. 😉

4. Kathryn McCullough - October 17, 2011

I know the song, but had never seen the video. Thanks for sharing it. I can especially relate to the lines about never being good enough and feeling like ones head is caving in. Great song.

I decided to stop by, since I notice we visit so many of the same blogs, I thought I we must enjoy many of the same things. And, indeed–a great post.


nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Thanks for swinging by, Kathy. Music inspires me to live with arms wide open.

5. Sandra Bell Kirchman - October 17, 2011

I’m a big Matchbox 20 fan myself. This post brought them into even better perspective…me too 🙂

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Excellent. Songs are windows which allow us to expand perspective and increase consciousness.

6. suzicate - October 17, 2011

Ah, a pocketful of hope is magical, and so much better than dryer lint!

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Hope is better than dryer lint! 😉

7. SidevieW - October 17, 2011

there are the self-imposed chains we can lift for a personal freedom, you are so rigjht

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Exactly. We are prisoners of our habitual patterns of thinking. If we want to be free, we must first see that we hold the key.

No one helps us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We alone must walk the path.

8. souldipper - October 17, 2011

Great message, Nance.

We have a whole whack of freedom waiting for us. We have to want to grab the key that’s hanging within our reach – before we’ll see it.

One of the first steps is to know ourselves well enough to use our voices. And you, Nancy, are a great role model for just that! Keep speaking up!

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Thanks, Amy. Realizing that we don’t need a permission slip to live our life opens us up to a panoply of possibilities.

Here’s to recognizing the myriad of choices available at each moment.

9. Rosa - October 17, 2011

He’s very handsome!

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

And he’s got smooth moves. 😀

10. kateshrewsday - October 17, 2011

Hope. Perfect. It makes a big difference to those situations which seem dead-end. I love Violet Baudelaire’s take on this: “There is always something…”

nrhatch - October 17, 2011


If we come to what appears to be the end of the line, look around, and see nothing of immediate interest . . . hope keeps us from cashing in our chips before the next hand is dealt. You never know when you’re going to end up with 4 Aces!

11. jeanne - October 17, 2011

Great song…I am big fan of Rob Thomas. I love Music Monday!

nrhatch - October 17, 2011

Thanks, Jeanne. Music Monday is FUN for me ~ a chance to search for favorite songs to share. 🙂

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13. ElizOF - October 18, 2011

Great song and post. I love Rob Thomas and his music… he lives in my area. Maybe one day I’ll bump into him. TY! 🙂

nrhatch - October 18, 2011

You might. My sister-in-law ran into Bruce Springsteen at Monmouth Mall. And I bumped into Bruce Hornsby at Wake Forest.

14. LittleMissVix - October 18, 2011

I love Long Day and Push, great songs! Hope is a great theme too!

nrhatch - October 18, 2011

Thanks, Vix. “Yourself or someone like you” is a terrific CD . . . every song rocks. .

15. Carl D'Agostino - October 18, 2011

Clean and sober. Free beyond my unimaginable possibility.

nrhatch - October 19, 2011

Excellent, Carl. Free is a good way to be. 😎

16. jannatwrites - October 19, 2011

I love, love LOVE Matchbox 20, and this is one of my favorite songs. I had never seen the video, though. The puppet on strings and Rob chained were vivid images depicting how we are all restrained by something.

Thanks for sharing the video. Rob Thomas is nice to look at 😉

nrhatch - October 19, 2011

Yay! Glad you enjoyed.

Except for Music Monday, I don’t watch many music videos these days. I tend to put in a CD and dance around or sit with my eyes closed to soak it all in. Watching this was a first for me too ~ and the puppet and chains seemed ideal images for talking about FREEDOM.

17. bluebee - October 19, 2011

Getting out of one’s own way – if I could only learn to do that…

nrhatch - October 19, 2011

It’s a slow and continual process. Watch your thoughts and ask, “Will this thought bring me happiness?”

If not . . . you know that you are getting in your own way. 😉

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