You’ve Gotta Have Heart

02 Jan

Happy 2012!

You’ve gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are sayin’ you’ll never win
That’s when the grin should start

Written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross in 1955 for the play DAMN YANKEES, the popular song referred to the ups and downs of a baseball team (note: I left out one of the verses).

As 2011 winds down, my tradition includes thinking about how I want to live my life in the upcoming year. Whether you set resolutions, analyze, strategize, or use any other method that works for you, I believe you have to put your heart into it. Commit to that something that completes you.

You’ve gotta have hope
Mustn’t sit around and mope
Nothin’s half as bad as it may appear
Wait’ll next year and hope

Maybe 2011 wasn’t all you wished it to be. In fact, you might have been dealt challenges that you didn’t know you’d be able to get over. The song doesn’t say you can’t mourn. You should because there is a place for sadness and closure. The song means don’t let it define you.

You’ve gotta have heart
Miles ‘n miles n’ miles of heart
Oh, it’s fine to be a genius of course
But keep that old horse
Before the cart
First you’ve gotta have heart

Have the heart to become the person you want to be. That might mean rededicating yourself to your education. Or increasing your writing time. It might mean saying “no” when you usually don’t. Or setting new ground rules with your family.

Live with your heart and you’ll become more “you” than in 2011.

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14 responses to “You’ve Gotta Have Heart

  1. johannaharness

    January 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    “Have the heart to become the person you want to be.” Yes!

    • Janis

      January 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      I have to keep reminding myself of this!

  2. Peggy Staggs

    January 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Inspiring. It’s good advice for any new beginning.

    • Janis

      January 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Thanks. If you can’t work on yourself, you can’t work on anything.

  3. Mary Vine

    January 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    I’ll never look at this song the same way from now on. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Janis

      January 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      I love looking at songs without the music. Even upbeat songs hold truth. The good ones do, anyway. 🙂

  4. stephanieberget

    January 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    What a great way to start the new year. And a great oldie song. Thanks for the pick me up.

  5. Janis

    January 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Any time!

  6. Liz Fredericks

    January 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Hey Janis, you always know the right ‘note’ to hit on your blog posts. I’ll keep this in mind!!

    • Janis

      January 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Here’s to 2012 and our better selves!

  7. Marsha R. West

    January 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Great post, Janis, and a great way to start the new year. Thanks.

  8. Janis McCurry

    January 3, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    You’re welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Lynn Mapp

    January 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    You’ve gotta have hope. Without hope there is nothing. Thanks Janis.


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