I have a confession to make. I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to write about today to set up next week’s Take Action Tuesday. Trust me, this isn’t a new occurrence for me. I often don’t have a clue what I’m going to say until it comes out of my mouth and I don’t know what I’m going to write until it flows out of my fingers on the keyboard.
Probably not an admission a professional writer should make, huh?
Anyway. When I’m feeling uninspired or under-inspired, I usually hope the muse will speak to me with a stroke of brilliance. No, I’m not actually hearing voices is my head, but bursts of inspiration do come to me as if by magic.
This week’s burst of magic is from one of my favorite songs.
What’s the deal with alchemy?
Alchemy. It’s a strange, mystical word, isn’t it? For whatever reason, I often associate it with the apothecary…even though I know they don’t really go together. So, since this is such an unusual word, I was surprised to hear it in one of my favorite songs, “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The lyric is simple: “Dripping with alchemy.”
If you’ve heard the song, you already know it’s fun and upbeat and the lyric totally fits the music. But, y’all know me…I had to learn the actual words to the song, not the fake words I sing until I learn what they’re saying. (I’ve come up with some doozies…) And once I know the words, I MUST learn the meaning behind them.
Okay, I think we all know the alchemy definition that relates to turning regular metals into gold, but did you know the Merriam-Webster Dictionary also defines it as:
“a power or process of turning something common into something special”
This is the definition we’re going to focus on.
How the practice of alchemy relates to your life
Did I give you long enough to turn that definition over in your mind? I’ll wait while you ponder…
Turning something common into something special, maybe even extraordinary…isn’t that what we all want to be able to do in our lives?
Here’s the thing about the first alchemists…They weren’t made of magic. They didn’t sit around and complain about how the lead wasn’t turning into gold when they snapped their fingers. Instead, they experimented, time and again, trying to find the combination of science and dumb luck that would turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Now, I want you to pretend you’re an alchemist. Imagine that your life is that dull lump of misshapen lead staring at you from the table. What experiments will you try on it to create the gold you most desire?
“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”
Photo Credit: The Alchemist by William Fettes Douglas, Wikimedia Commons
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