The Tao of Billy Joel

The Tao of Billy Joel

I’m sitting in a Starbucks waiting for a friend and taking the time to do some writing. While I’m writing, Billy Joel’s song Vienna comes on. It’s one of those old songs that’s used from time to time in movies because it pretty much sums up the reality of most of our lives vs. the wish…

Slow down you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?
Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize…Vienna waits for you

It goes on, but you get the idea. Sometimes I have trouble identifying the number one priority because everything is vying to be the number one priority. Sometimes my head is about to explode from trying to do everything at once, and if not perfectly, at least well. And my guess is the country is filled with about-to-explode heads. So today, I’m going to put down the “to do” list and go, at least in my imagination, to Vienna.

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