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Praying “Alright”

One of DH’s favorite songs is Darius Rucker’s “Alright”. He and his beautiful voice will just belt it out, and anybody who heard him who know for sure that it’s a song of his soul. And while his lifestyle has changed considerably during the last year, I think this song really does make good sense to him.

If I had to guess, I would have always said that I’m the less materialistic one of us– that my happiness does not depend on “stuff.” When we had money, he really enjoyed going out to really nice dinners and dressing nicely. Me– I was happy with a picnic in the park, looking like a ruffian in my jeans and sweatshirt. But what I’ve learned about myself during this time is that “stuff” matters much more to me than I would’ve thought possible. Not in the way that I need a new purse or CD to feel complete, but more in the way that I miss being able to grab a snowcone if I want one, or buy a can of hair product without really having to search my conscience to see if its something I can’t live without.

On the upside, I’m really learning to appreciate the smaller, simpler things. When I had money, I spent a lot of my time doing errands… but now when I actually have a few minutes, I don’t feel the pressure to run out and do those errands. I guess, in that way, lack of money is a little freeing. But still, I am bothered much more than I’d like to be. The last few days, I’ve taken to using “Alright” as a prayer. I’m asking that God give me a sense of just how blessed I am, and give me a true, deep, joy in the things of my life. Here are the word’s to “Alright”

Don’t need no five star reservations
I’ve got spaghetti and a cheap bottle of wine
Don’t need no concert in the city
I’ve got a stereo and the best of Patsy Cline
Ain’t got no caviar no Dom Perignon
But as far as I can see, I’ve got everything I want

Cause I’ve got a roof over my head,
the woman I love laying in my bed
And it’s alright, alright
I’ve got shoes under my feet
Forever in her eyes staring back at me
And it’s alright, alright
And I’ve got all I need
And it’s alright by me

Maybe later on we’ll walk down to the river
Lay on a blanket and stare up at the moon
It may not be no French Riviera
But it’s all the same to me as long as I’ve got you

It may be a simple life, but that’s okay
If you ask me baby, I think I’ve got it made

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