I was contacted today on Facebook by a woman who’d heard me sing way back when. She asked about getting a hold of a song I’d recorded on my first album, or “cassette” (hello, date myself much!?) called Talk it Over Friend. I never sing this song anymore…..had almost forgotten its existence, but she hadn’t. Her best friend is getting married this weekend, then moving 3,000 miles away, and the song has special meaning to their friendship.
The cassette is out of print, and I don’t have any more copies. But somehow back in time I had the sense to get it transferred to a CD and imported into iTunes. When I e-mailed her an mp3 tonight I waxed a little philosophical. Crazy how all these years later this song still expresses something so meaningful to her–I’m grateful and humbled.
Here’s the thing I realize once again: the work we do outlives us. It will do what it was meant to do, with or without us. That’s a beautiful and awesome truth if you think about it. To me, it says we have to be diligent; we have to continue. We can’t let laziness, weariness or any other excuse keep us from the purpose that is uniquely ours. The little message in my inbox was a much needed reminder of that today.