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You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual

343653_a_helping_handI love Josh Groban’s song You Raise Me Up
Give it a listen:

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up… To more than I can be.

Great song, which phrase is your favorite?

One of my favorite lines is “I am strong when I am on your shoulders,” because I believe that when we help one another we are able to achieve higher goals than we could without caring support.

I also like , “You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas,” because even when life is rough, and it’s important to help one another through life’s challenges.

But, sometimes we still get stuck.

How Do We Get Unstuck?

Too often we settle for what we know, we have experienced, or what one person has said.

If you really want helpful help – to experience the depth of “You Raise Me Up” kind of support we need to become more two things that are hard to balance:
– We need to be open-minded.
– We need to be discerning enough to identify the best options.

There is always more than one way to see a situation, and more than one way to solve a problem. And, each person has unique qualities and different points of view.

It is important not to see the world in “black-or-white,” or “all-or-nothing” ways. We need to:
– Expand our thoughts and ways of considering what our options could be.
– “Unstick” stuck thinking, standoffs and conflicts.
– Be more flexible and approachable.
– Avoid assumptions and blaming.

When was a time when you were “stuck” in an extreme way of seeing things? Where you we convinced a choice was right, but it wasn’t?

Want To Make Changes?

Practice looking at all sides of a situation and all points of view. Find the kernel of truth in every side. Avoid, “Yah, but…” without really listening.

1. Remember: No one person has the absolute truth. Be open to alternatives.

2. Use “I feel…” statements, instead of “You are…,” “You should…,” “or “That’s just the way it is” statements.

3. Accept that different opinions can be valid, even if you do not agree with them. If you disagree explain, “I can see your point of view, even though I do not agree with it.”

4. Do not assume that you know what others are thinking; check your assumptions Ask, “What did you mean when you said … ?”

5. Finally, do not expect others to be mind-readers; to know what you are thinking. Explain and clarify, “What I am trying to say is…”

If we want to be “Raise Me Up” people we need to be intentional; intentional listeners and intentional truth-seekers.

“I’ll raise you up and you’ll raise me up, and together we’ll be better,” is mysilentscream.

 

Note – Some of the above phrases and insights were adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy With Suicidal Adolescents by Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, & Marsha M. Linehan.

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