The EYE

In Blog, Hustle Podcastby Eric Byrnes

Was listening to some tunes the other day when a song came on that grabbed my attention… 

The woman singing had a BEAUTIFUL voice that reminded me of Judy Collin… Beautiful and elegant, yet make no mistake about it, her voice was f*cking POWERFUL. 🗣

Usually I am not one who pays much attention to lyrics, but for whatever reason, I locked in on the last verse of the Brandi Carlile song.:

“I am a sturdy soul… 

And there ain’t no shame…

Lying down in the bed you made… 

Can you fight the urge to run for another day… 

You might make it further if you learn to stay.” 

Wow… 

That’s some serious Stoic philosophical guidance right there.

Confidence, acceptance, accountability, patience and endurance are all virtues indirectly highlighted in the song and each one will help us remain in the moment and give us an opportunity to truly LIVE every single day.

The song then ends with the main chorus that spits some serious TRUTH:

“You can dance in a hurricane,

but only if you’re standing in the eye.” 

Think about all the times we feel like our life is like a hurricane. Chaos ensues around us and the more we try to fight it, the worse the storm gets.

Ultimately, the only way for us to survive and thrive in the face of the one-eyed monster is by immersing ourselves in the center of the storm and then dancing right smack dab in the f*cking middle of it.

A few years back, I was in NYC when Hurricane Sandy hit… 

I was going through a tough time in my life. My Dad, my bulldog Bruin and my mother in law Toni had all passed away in a short period of time… I was stuck in a hotel in NYC by myself with no electricity and no running water. For whatever reason, I couldn’t sleep at all, and when I eventually got out of bed early in the morning, I awoke in a pool of blood…

The blood was most likely caused by a nose bleed created by the pressure of the storm, but at that point, I had no idea and didn’t really give a f*ck… I was tired of this shit.

As the eye of the storm approached, I remember thinking I am sick of running from all the shit happening in my life. This time, I was going to run right to it.

Half naked, I took off outside and was ready to take on whatever this bitch was going to bring. I obviously expected massive winds, rains and a huge storm surge, yet what I got was almost the exact opposite… 

The winds were calm, the rain was light and although the storm surge had already engulfed many parts of the west side highway… It had come and gone. 

I haven’t thought much about that day until I heard this song, but looking back, I actually do feel as if I stood inside the eye of a hurricane, in both a literal and figurative sense.

Oh yea, the storms always seem to get a whole lot better when we decide to dance. 🕺🏼

-EB