Leann Rimes: What I Cannot Change

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wow! Leann Rimes has really come into her own. Her latest song “What I Cannot Change” shows the depth and maturity of her voice with rich and delicate reflections on life. Her voice is as tender as the lyrics are profound.

It is a tremendous step forward in life to recognize the truth that “all the rest is out of my hands.” We cannot fix everything, nor do I believe everything is meant to be fixed. Some things just are. The sooner we stop trying to resist the “divine flow” (to borrow from Chopra) and learn to embrace complexity, mystery, and wonder, we will find an enormous source of peace.

When we come head to head with what we cannot change, we have a choice to let it go, to forgive, or to love. Perhaps the latter is the hardest for most to understand. I think it’s wise of the songwriter to say “I will learn [to let go, to forgive, to love] what I cannot change.” It is not easy. It is a process, and one that we may not fully understand until we’ve been there and come out on the other side. It is possible to love what you cannot change, to embrace it, and to find beauty and truth in even the smallest of joys and heartaches.

The defiant resolution “but I will change” is really the key in my opinion. While we often have little power over situations or people in our lives, we have complete control over our own thoughts and actions. We begin by taking responsibility for and owning our baggage: When I need to get my way I know how to pour it on thick… the pain is self-inflicted… I can’t care about how everyone else really feels, I have enough hurt of my own to heal. It may be “easier to please the world than it is to please myself,” but we have to learn to make our ownselves happy and find fulfillment in ourselves and not in others. Relying on things, circumstances, or people to make you happy is futility. 

This is an amazing song full of powerful truths that could take years to discover and a lifetime to learn. I hope you enjoy it too.

 

What I Cannot Change

I know what makes me comfortable
And I know what makes me tick
And I when I need to get my way
I know how to pour it on thick
Cream and sugar in my coffee
Right away when I awake
I face the day, and pray to God
I won’t make the same mistakes

All the rest is out of my hands
I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, yeah I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

Yeah I don’t know my father
Or my mother well enough
It seems like every time we talk
We can’t get past the little stuff
The pain is self-inflicted
I know it’s not good for my health
But it’s easier to please the world
Than it is to please myself

All the rest is out of my hands
I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, yeah I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

Right now I can’t care about how everyone else really feels
I have enough hurt of my own to heal
I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, yeah I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

3 Comments

  1. samanthamj says:

    Wow.. that is a beautiful song.

    It’s funny… I reeeeeeeally disliked Leann Rimes when she was a teen and became a star overnight… singing “How will I leeeve without you”. I thought it was absurd, that at her age (at the time) to sing about how she never was going to love again…

    Now… I like her… I tried not to… but, I lcan’t help but admire her voice and her newer songs are so much better than the old teenie bopper she was. She has grown on me. Not to mention she’s just a beautiful woman. She’s really has “come into her own”.

    I had not heard this song, though… and, you’re right… it’s beautiful. I really like it. Powerful lyrics and message. Seems to fit nicely into my current frame of mind these days. I may have to actually buy a Leann Rimes CD…. Who would have thunk it?? 😉

    Thanks.
    ~smj

    BTW – nice blog… I’m glad to have stumbled in here…

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    artist’s life. Leann Rimes is going into a more reflective gospel direction and I think it seems to be an intelligent move for her.

    Lyndon, it was great to read how the song affected you and the depth of the lyrics. I agree that we are all still learning how to love, to forgive and to let go. That is because life is dynamic and forever changing. With each new day there are new circumstances and new approaches.

    To let go also means to me letting go of all your judegements because you cannot truly love unless you stop judging. For human beings it seems to be very hard not to judge.

    Thought provoking site that is a pleasure to visit.

    Lady Sharon
    Knight of the Pain Table

  3. ruach says:

    Have not been to your site in awhile and I am glad I came back. Beautiful song indeed. I am going to have to think about this some more and make my own post. I will also post a song that has meant a lot to me in the last month. thanks

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