Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Living Proof

When I heard this song at the end of the movie The Help, I started to cry. It was one of those moments when I so wanted a song to be true for me.

I went out, bought the soundtrack and now I play it in my car every day on my way to work.

I think it will be awhile before I can sing this and know I have truly reached this stage in my healing, but singing it now, thinking about that day has helped me so much.

Hope you enjoy and find your own strength in these lyrics.

(Sorry I couldn't embed the video here. Just click on the title and you'll be transported to it.)

Mary J. Blige – The Living Proof

It’s gonna be a long long journey
It’s gonna be an uphill climb
It’s gonna be a tough fight
It’s gonna be some lonely nights
But I’m ready to carry on

I’m so glad the worst is over
I can start living now
I feel like I can do anything
And finally I’m not afraid to breathe

Anything you say to me
And everything you do
You can’t deny the truth
Cause I’m the living proof
So many don't survive
They just don’t make it through
But look at me
I’m the living proof
Oh yes I am

Thinking about life been painful
Yes it was
Took a lot to learn how to smile
So now I’m gonna talk to my people
About the storm, about the storm
Oh.. so glad the worst is over
I can start flying now
My best days are right in front of me
And I’m almost there
Cause now I am free

Anything you say to me
And everything you do
You can’t deny the truth
Cause I’m the living proof
So many don't survive
They just don’t make it through
But look at me
I’m the living proof

I know where I’m going
Cause I know where I’ve been
I gotta few stars showing
Stay strong, keep growing
That’s the way that I win

Anything you say to me
And everything you do
You can’t deny the truth
Cause I’m the living proof
So many don't survive
They just don’t make it through
But look at me
I’m the living proof

Nothing about my life’s been easy
But nothing is gonna keep me down
Cause I know a lot more today
And I know yesterday
So I am ready to carry on
Oh Lord.


BECKY said...

Wow! Very powerful lyrics! I STILL haven't gotten to the theater to see The Help! I read the book quite a long time ago and loved it. I've just got to find the time (and the money!) to go see it. I'm glad you listen to the CD often. Music and Lyrics do have great healing powers.

The Time Sculptor said...

Betty, I just listened to this song on YouTube, and I think it could have been written just for you! Keep playing it until the words are deep in your heart.... one day you will live it!

Following your struggle every step of the way and it's lovely to see how your humour and strength shine through the pain you are enduring.

Take care x Jane Gray

Larri said...

Thanks for sharing this excellent and powerful song. Love that it's speaking to you. And loved the movie. Still need to read the book.

Don't eat the pie! ☺ (((HUGS))) sweet bloggy friend. Happy Saturday!

Unknown said...

How do you break a thirty year habit?

I don't know.

I only know the thought breaks my heart.

But my prayer for you is that you find new life, and that it would be life to the full. Full of joy, love and yes: glory.

Alison said...

Wow, how perfect for you at this time. You are such a fighter, Betty, I admire you!

Old Kitty said...

Wonderful BB!! The lyrics were meant for you!! You are living proof of a true survivor!! Take care

Unknown said...

Wonderful words! When I was going through my divorce the song "I will survive" became my mantra. What ever works, girl; you will make it!


These words took me back to when I felt lost, 13 yrs ago, time does heal but I have so many good memories that can never be taken away from me, I am now facing a lost of a different sort , the loss of my son and grandchildren as he don't want me in his life anymore. Thank you for these words it has helped me today.


Leah J. Utas said...

Yup. That one's for you.

Gigi said...

I think certain songs come into our lives just as we need them the most. This one is certainly yours.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You just keep playing that song and keep singing and keep believing, Betty.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. what wonderful words that are part of The Help - it hasn't come out here yet .. middle of October I think and I'm looking forward to seeing ..

Glad to read these words are making sense for you .. it's just such a painful time .. but as you say .. "I gonna feel stars that showing"

With thoughts and thankgoodness you have so many wonderful friends and family .. Hilary

Nicole said...

I've always said - Music is the poor man's therapy. (IE - Mine.) Those lyrics are amazing, Betty. I do love a great song, and I will go on Youtube, check it out, and possibly download it onto my ipod.

Thanks for sharing.

Liz Mays said...

It made me cry when I heard that too, but then I think about how Aibileen left the house crying but then started to smile. :) said...

That's an amazing song. I'm so glad you found it and shared. I'm going to re-listen to it whenever I need. You are already the living proof.
love to you,

Ms. A said...

Music has such a way of evoking thoughts, feelings and emotions, or transporting us to times that were happy, or sad, reminds us of people, in good and bad ways. You will sing it loud and proud, before long and mean it.

Brian (not the cat) said...

Right up there with, "I Will Survive."

A Tale of Two Cities said...

What power these lyrics have! I think listening to this song will give you that boost of strength just when you need it the most. I should have stayed longer through the credits of the movie to hear it. So glad it's speaking to you right now!

My Mind's Eye said...

BB what a good positive song to live by...take baby steps one day at a time and before long you'll be power walking again
Hugs C

Green Monkey said...

I made a "cry" CD for myself after Kerry died. It was so healing. Driving in the car was my designated time to cry. I could cry as loud and as hard and for as long as I wanted to. Sometimes I'd just sit in the car, never go anywhere. it was my way of honoring my loss. I think its important to do that., back to you :) you're doing great Betty. You're taking it all in - everything around you as you work through your pain. I'm cheering you ON!!!! BIG BIG ((((((((MONKEYHUG))))))) Shannon

Connie said...

Music can be good therapy to us. I'm glad the lyrics of this song are speaking to you and helping you along the way toward healing. Sending good thoughts your way today, Betty.

Ann said...

When I was newly separated from my first husband I found comfort in several songs. I made them my own personal theme song. This is a good one Betty. Hold on to that thought :)

Marlene said...

I never really paid much attention to the lyrics in that song at the end of the movie - so I'm glad you posted them here! They totally fit with your situation. God Bless Ya, Betty!

faye said...

Great lyrics..
Right up there with the one I still sing along to ...
Gloria Gaynor's I will survive..
I did and you will too !!! You are making
such remarkable progress and some of it won't be apparent to you until later...
that day is coming. Hang on Betty !!!

Donna said...

Hi Miz Betty...I've been gone this past week and am just now playing catch-up.
SO glad your trip ended with you getting to see Evan! What a lift to your spirits!!
Don't pay those construction guys any!!
Peanut butter knives?! What a dumb thing for him to loose his control over...I hate when they try to pull that "control" garbage!
And what yanks my hubby's chain? I chunked a fork at his head about 30yrs ago and told him if he EVER tried to take out HIS lifes aggravations on me again, Next time, I wouldn't miss! Been great ever since!Hahaaa....
SO glad you are hanging in there little love...You deserve ALL the wonder and joy life has to give! Trust me when I say, One'll find your wings!

Empty Nester said...

GREAT lyrics! I haven't seen the movie yet because I always have to read the book before seeing the movie. I haven't read the book because I get so upset (angry) over prejudice and racism.

I think of you every single day! And send up prayers and send out positive vibes!

Sueann said...

I hope to go and see this movie!! The lyrics are so powerful!!
I can see why it has moved you so!!

Peggy K said...

I love how some things show up at just the right time. Angels at work, my dear!!

Sing it out! Sing it proud!

Tabor said...

Music is such a healing force...after it reopens the wound and cleans it.

Hilary said...

Music can indeed heal. I must see this movie.

Out on the prairie said...

Not familiar with this, may have to look it up.

Unknown said...

WOW! I've been on a three week blog free break and your life had a major change while I've been gone! So much going through my mind right now, but do know that I'm thinking of you and will say a little prayer that you find peace with whatever happens.

LittleSilkDress said...

Incredible song. Thank you for sharing. Live with it until you believe it!

Shan said...

Love it. Love you.

LittleSilkDress said...

Also thought I should let you know that I am back from my blog break!

Lin said...

Oh yeah, a "Betty Anthem"! Yes, you ARE the living proof, Betty! And we are here to support you a cabillion percent!! Go BETTY!!!

MIriam in KS said...

What strong piece of music! Live it, girl, live it!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've heard that movie is great.

Catherine said...

Beautiful inspirational song!
xo Catherine

Sara said...

Ohhhhh, that's beautiful. There's just nothing like the most perfect song that reaches deep into your soul. Love it.

Betty Manousos said...

so powerful lyrics! and so strong music.

i so love this song.
thanks so much for sharing.

Baby Sister said...

Wow, that is a beautiful song. I'm glad it's helping you through.