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Happy, Snappy Lyrics
"If it makes you happy
It can't be that bad
If it makes you happy
Then why the hell
are you so sad?"
If It Makes You Happy was a huge hit for Sheryl Crow.
The song was the lead single from her 1996 eponymous album. It rapidly climbed to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned a 1997 Grammy Award as the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
As an example of the timeless nature of its message or to illustrate that we simply keep recycling the past, Sheryl Crow and Miley Cyrus performed the song together for the 2009 VH1 Divas.
It still gets airplay, though it is doubtful that anyone ever considers the tune beyond its happy, snappy lyrics. Full of defiance and edgy attitude, its hook-line chorus speaks volumes about the general mindset of our society.
Humans have an endless capacity to rationalize, so we routinely engage in not so bad type behavior that gives us a transitory buzz or thrill, yet we remain entrenched in sadness. We party on and on in apparent exaltation, but our lives have a sober hollowness about them that haunts our quiet hours.
It creeps up to disturb our times or introspection. It tracks us down no matter where we go. It whispers to us, demanding our attention.
Attempting to escape its incessant nudging, we crank the soundtrack of our lives up to the loudest decibels so we don’t have to contemplate its point. Or we over schedule to the max so our days are spent racing from one deadline and commitment to another.
No time to think, no time to consider the Big Picture of our life’s direction. But the emptiness won’t leave us alone for it is an ever-present reality sequestered in the shadows. We seek to silence it and fill the void with a smorgasbord of mind-numbing entertainment that always manages to fall short of their advertised claims.
Do we typically pay too little attention to the consequences of our choices?
If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad? Happiness is an elusive commodity. People clamor to possess it, chasing after it with a single-mindedness that borders on obsessive.
It fuels our engines, driving us to reach for the brass ring with all the gusto we can muster. In our push to achieve happiness, we often pay little or no attention to the possible consequences of our choices.
Then, when we reap exactly what we have sown, we throw our hands up in despair or shake our heads in confusion. How is that demonstrative reaction possible? Seeds of superficial pleasure can only produce a crop of happiness equal to the superficiality of the seeds planted.
For the vast majority, the feeling of happiness is the be all and end all. Nothing else is more important. Everything must be subservient to the ultimate goal of looking out for number one.
Self-fulfillment must be attained no matter what the cost. Its allure blinds us as our energy focuses with pinpoint intensity on being happy. Emotions are involved but authentic happiness is not rooted in feelings.
Sooner or later, sensory overload kicks in. Undeterred, we travel far and wide, willingly exhausting our resources as we search for the newest self-gratifying amusement.
If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad? Our culture offers a wide variety of diversions that promise happiness, but at best, it’s all fleeting. Despite the excesses of prosperity, many individuals remain mired in a hell of sadness.
In our determined pursuit, we have lost a truth we urgently need to rediscover. Happiness cannot be found in the temporal things or events of this world; happiness is not dependent on recreational delights or material circumstances.
The hollow emptiness in our souls has an insatiable quality that can only be alleviated by a supernatural tune-up. Our hearts must be reconciled to our Creator; our lives must be brought in line with his love and mercy.
Christ and Christ alone can recalibrate us to be a recipient of God’s grace, which allows us to enjoy and appreciate all that life brings. In the world’s economy, regardless of our extreme efforts we will only experience a veneer of contentment, but in Christ we receive the genuine article.
Balance & Comprehension
When he was an old man, Paul of Tarsus became a political prisoner in Rome. He had invested his life to “know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.”
Paul, the nomadic tent-maker, had endured trials, hardships, whippings, beatings, imprisonment and shipwrecks. He had known hunger and thirst.
Yet reflecting on his life from the perspective of a jail cell he wrote to his friends in the city of Philippi, assuring them that he had “learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” His life was centered on Jesus Christ; therefore his joy transcended difficulties and tribulations.
What’s up with happiness is this: At its core, true happiness is encased within an inner peace that results from a proper spiritual alignment. That balance and comprehension can only be based on salvation found in Christ, which goes far deeper than feelings and the satisfaction of the moment.
All other versions of happiness will be inadequate and incomplete.
- Wanted Man
Wanted Man a.k.a. Ken R. Abell, seeks to be a blessing to others. He's a rake, a rambler, and a teller of tales who understands that there is strength in a story well told and well lived. To learn more, inquire or schedule him, visit this web site.
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