Defining the intersection between listening and living

“And we are just”

English: Ingrid Michaelson photo from 2009 pho...

English: Ingrid Michaelson photo from 2009 photoshoot with Deborah Lopez in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exhale defined by Webster’s as the action of “to breathe out.” Today feels like one of those days where I need to stop and exhale. Revisit the things that I have experienced earlier in the week and look forward to the tasks that I still need to finish to round out the rest of the work week. As another Wednesday has come I am working and listening to a song that captures the real essences of what today feels like for me.  Ingrid Michaelson’s song Breakable, really captures the vulnerability and humanity that I feel today.

Each of us experiences days in which we truly reflect on our frailty as human being. The idea that we can be broken. I am not only speaking in the physical sense but the metaphysical. We can be broken emotionally and spiritually that I am really speaking to. Below you will find the lyrics of the song in its entirety. Unlike earlier posts where I sometimes dissect or compartmentalized the verses I believe in listening to this song and truly experiencing its words is best done in examining the points of the entire song.

Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts
Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts
So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess
And to stop the muscle that makes us confess

And we are so fragile
And our cracking bones make noise
And we are just
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys

You fasten my seatbelt because it is the law
In your two ton death trap I finally saw
A piece of love in your face that bathed me in regret
Then you drove me to places I’ll never forget


Now while this is a short song, there is an important notion for me. The finite, impassable meaning that we are not only creatures defined by our frailty but that it is through memory that we achieve a sense of immortality.

  • In the first verse Ingrid Michaelson paints a scene of serenity for me. The serendipitous experience that each of us sees through the interactions, the non-sense, pessimism and realize the truth in all things.
  • In the chorus she examines and reflects on  our humanity. We are each boys and girls, men and women, adults and children a part of a whole society and yet people that experience things differently. A humanity of people being broken and remade with each interaction and each experience.
  • The second verse Michaelson reflects on truly experiencing another person. Their looks, expressions, and   memory. The experiences that we share and the memories made. The immortality that we experience in memories.

Today was one of those somber, serendipitous serene days that I just want to take the time to listen to a really peaceful song and experience life. Inner reflection for me is one of the most rewarding things that can be accomplished with our time. It allows for a personal assessment, true and undeniable. Successes, failures all are visible and in these moments each has value. I challenge each of my readers to take the time today or sometime to experience this song and reflect. Let me know what you think, how you feel.

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