Talking with a few friends the other day, the topic of ear worms came up. As all three of us are or have been Girl Scout leaders, a lot of the songs that get stuck in our heads are ones we’ve sung with our girls at camp. Some are songs from our children’s younger days.
My friend, Chris, said that all she has to do is start, “The wheels on the bus…” and her daughter groans and laughs. I responded in song, “This is the song that never ends, yes, it goes on and on my friend…” Chris laughed and said, “Stop it!”
In the car with my daughter following a delicious Mother’s Day crepe breakfast, a small bug was flying in our car. My daughter was sure it was outside the car, and I was sure it was inside. I cautioned her that if we weren’t careful, we might inhale it, as it kept circling in front of us. Then, I just started singing, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…” My daughter indulges my antics so she helped me remember all the crazy lyrics but we both got to laughing so hard that I had to pull over for a few minutes.
The whole thing got me to thinking about how things can get stuck in our head, so you have to be careful about the messages you allow to linger. If they bring you joy, great. But if those thoughts become ear worms that are negative, have some back up material to reinforce a positive attitude. Have uplifting music readily accessible, a book on tape (digital, I’m sure) in the car for longer rides, an inspirational speaker cued up in your music library. Solicit and share great finds with other Realtors and professionals.
Exchange the moments of your life for positive thoughts. If it doesn’t bring you joy, replace it with something that does.
And if you ever need a song, just ask me. After all, I know an old lady!