Wisdom from an unlikely pair

Wisdom shows up in the most unlikely of places.  Who would have thought that a couple of  twenty year old rockers– Mick Jagger & Keith Richards–would write a song that would not only be voted one of the best songs ever written, but would also give us a refrain that could easily have rolled off the tongue of philosopher, Eckhart Tolle.

You can’t always get what you want…
but if you try sometime, you just might find…
you get what you need.

The song is rock & roll at its best—-the music, the arrangement, and Mick Jagger doing that thing he does so well.  But there’s something about the title of this song that grabs our attention and strikes a deep cord, much the same way that I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, does.  Were these guys philosophers in disguise?

I have come to believe that you can’t always get what you want in life, but NOT because someone’s getting in your way, or because you’re not privileged or entitled to whatever it is you want.

The truth is, we can’t always get what we wantbecause we keep getting in our own friggin’ way!  Any of these sound familiar?I want to find my right partner…………………..BUT I don’t believe there are any good people out there.

I want to be successful in my business…….BUT I don’t  have what it takes.

I want to get out of this relationship…………BUT if I do, I’ll be lonely.
I want to make a lot of money…………………..BUT it will never happen in my current job.

Are BIG BUTTS getting in your way of YOU getting what you want?

Any statement that begins with a BUT will always stop you in your tracks.  Because at the BOTTOM of every BUT is a feeling of unworthiness, doubt, and insecurity. And how can any of these negative feeling states ever inspire you?

BIG BUTS are easy to notice–they close you down, make you feel small, and keep you stuck in your I Can’t Get No Satisfaction life.
So, next time you identify a dream or a goal,  hold your tongue from saying BUT, and find a thought that allows you to line up with what you want.

I want to find my right partner…..AND, I feel great anticipation about meeting him.

I want to be successful in my business….AND, I’m learning so much about how to make that happen.

I want to make a lot of money….AND, there are so many people who are doing this, and I look forward to being one of them.


Are you ready to change your thoughts?  Are you ready to let go of the old you?  Do you NEED to keep hold of your BUTS because they feel safe?

Mike and Keith were right!  You Get What You Need–and how’s that workin’ for you?
(don’t miss out on Mick’s fancy footwork at the end–early moon walking!)

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2 Responses to Wisdom from an unlikely pair

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  2. Tart and Soul September 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” may just be my favorite song ever. The music is incredible, but the sentiment is one of the truest about life.

    Thanks for “take two” on our negative thoughts!

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