Beautiful

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Carole King. I chose this picture because she is still… beautiful.

Today is Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Carole King’s song, “Beautiful” came out on her album, Tapestry, in 1971, the year I graduated from high school.  I discovered it after I got to college, but I never really resonated with it until I was trying to pull myself up by my bootstraps after a divorce that left me depressed and lonely.  The words about train stations resonated with me at the time, because train travel is pretty much how you get around in Japan.  I once asked a teacher of mine why all the Japanese language textbooks had so many chapters dedicated to conversational gambits “at the station.”  He shrugged his shoulders, and I had to wait until I actually lived there to get my own answer to that question.  The answer was that if you go just about anywhere from your home, you will have to get on a train, and you end up spending quite a chunk of time waiting at the station for a train.

“Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing, and they don’t see it showing.  Why do I?”  Well, now, I know the answer to that, too.  The world mirrors what is inside of us.  If we are happy, we see happiness all around us.  If we are frustrated, then that’s what we see.  The singer has obviously been frustrated, but she shows a fierce determination to overcome her frustration by getting out and presenting a happy aspect to the world.  That illustrates another spiritual principle: Act as if.  When we act as if something is already happening, then, surprise, we find that it is already happening.

In 2014 a musical tribute to Carol King (born Carole Klein, who knew?) is slated to open on Broadway, featuring songs she wrote by herself and with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin.  The title of the musical:  “Beautiful.”

Here’s the link to  Carole’s own version of the song.

Beautiful  (C. King)

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I? You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel I have often asked myself the reason for the sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful as you feel.

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A line that resonates with me these days is, “I have often asked myself the reason for the sadness in a world where tears are just a lullaby.  If there’s any answer, maybe love can cure the madness, maybe not, oh, but we can only try.”  🙂
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