Grow A Soul

By Renee Hayes, Arrangement by Emil Borgir

You’re in a sticky situation
Don’t know what to do
Everybody’s got opinions
And they’re throwing them at you
Just choose a direction, no matter which way you go
Life is just a chance to grow a soul

You go to church on Sundays, you get to work by eight
Spend time with your family, even the ones that hate
You try to do the right thing
But the pressure’s getting old
(Remember) life is just a chance to grow a soul

Grow a soul, grow a soul
Life is just a chance to grow a soul

You had a picture perfect lifestyle
You know you had it going on
And you took it all for granted
Turned around and it was gone
But you don’t have to worry
And you don’t have to fold
Life is just a chance
to grow a soul

Growing Instructions
Think of a challenging situation that taught you something important. What did you learn? How can you apply what you learned to a current challenge?

 

Doors and Windows

By Gail Martin

My house had a weak foundation so I worked to make it strong
Fixed the roof to make it ready, whatever weather came along
But when twisters blow I’ve heard it’s best, although it sounds all wrong
To leave the doors and windows open
 
We’re 90 percent water, and I’m flooded everyday
By the chanciness of living, and when things don’t go my way
But if my house fills up with teardrops, in time they’ll flow away
If I leave the doors and windows open
 
Leave the doors and windows open
Let it all just come and go
Leave the doors and windows open
To the pain and joy you know
You cannot lock the bad times out
Or lock the good ones in
So leave the doors and windows open
 
It’s also said we’re made of light, day and night shine in their way
How I long to catch these fleeting joys, how I ache to make them stay
But light is meant to radiate, its always changing anyway
So leave the doors and windows open
 
But mostly we’re just empty space, from our atoms to our toes
However strong our walls may seem, they’re the emperor’s new clothes
So revel in your spaciousness, through all the highs and lows
And leave the doors and windows open

Leave the doors and windows open

Growing Instructions:
If your current life was a hallway with six doors, what signs would you put on the three doors that you would want to keep open, and on the three doors that you want to keep closed? What are the possible consequences of each decision?
 

Fragile

By Henry Karpinski

Like a package that just came
From a factory far away
That's how I come to you
Packed with paper in a box
Cause what's inside can't take shocks
That's how I come to you

When you open me you'll see
Just how fragile I can be, so please
Handle carefully, I break too easily

Growing Instructions:
Think of a time in your life when you most needed the understanding of someone else. What did or could they have said or done to help? Ask for help with something you are struggling with. Be specific.
 

I Forgot I Was Strong

By Susan Anders

I forgot I was strong for awhile
I got lost for so long
For so many miles
Now I got back my moxie
I got back my style
I just forgot I was strong for awhile

When trouble hit what could I do?
I dove in deep and muddled through
Till it was the one thing I could count on
The deep blues came following
I went down, I was wallowing
You tried to help but I was too far gone

So I forgot I was strong for awhile….

I did everything I knew
I talked to God I talked to you
I got so tired of hearing my sad voice
Though blue was all I could see
The faintest feeling stuck with me
I knew one day I’d come back and rejoice (or had to make a choice?)

I just forgot I was strong for awhile…

Time and love, they fixed me up

I just forgot I was strong for awhile

Growing Instructions:
Name three of your strengths. When do you forget you’re strong? Make a list of five phrases that can help you remember.
 

Jump Jump

By Holly Near and John Bucchino

Once I thought I needed that pretty dress
Once I thought I needed more stuff
Once I thought I was all about it
Now I know enough is enough
Now I know enough is enough

So let's stop spending money
Let's stop wasting time
Let's stop driving around for nothing
And let's stop living a lie
And let's stop living a lie

Come on and
Jump Jump on
And love the planey
Jump Jump Jump on and love a friend
Jump Jump Jump on and love the children
Let's put a stop to the end
Let's put a stop to the end

I'm goin' up, up to the mountain
I'm goin' down, down to the sea
If you like walkin' and if you like breathin'
You can come with me

I don't always love us humans
We move slower than a snail
But of all the tasks that have been put before us
This time we don't want to fail

You may ask me why all the action?
Why all those crazy people down in the street?
All over the world people be jumpin'
Turn up the love and turn down the heat

Chorus

Once I thought I needed a pretty dress

Growing Instructions:
What is one thing you can commit to doing (or not doing), to help take care of the planet, no matter how small? Write it down and post it where you’ll see it every day.
 

Open Sea