Disclaimer: Listen to the song before you read the post, or you’ll be totally lost.
I love this song and its beautiful blend of simplicity and depth. I love how it tells a story, how it relates the pain of loss, the struggle with self-worth, the difficulty of letting go, and the bittersweet closure that comes. My favorite lyric is the simple line, “But instead she tossed the locket in the cool blue water.” It’s the point in the song where everything turns around, where she makes the decision to let go of the past and pursue the future.
I was thinking about that line a few days ago, and I just now realized how beautifully applicable it is to the New Year. What memories do we have hiding away in lockets because we can’t muster up the strength to get rid of them? Instead of controlling our emotions, we let them control us. We let them consume us. We let them dictate our lives.
The girl was at a crossroads; her grief had consumed her to the point that she couldn’t continue to live this way. So she had two choices: she could throw her life away, or she could throw away what was keeping her from living her life. The water below was equally ready to take either. At first, she considered falling to her death and taking the locket with her, letting that faded picture control her even to her grave. “But instead…” She let the locket fall, saving what was of infinitely greater worth — the potential of the rest of her life.
And the world turned, and the world turned, and the world turned.
What’s in that dusty locket of yours?
It’s a new year, and the world is turning again. You’ve got a choice to make. Are you going to hold onto the past and let it keep you from better things? Or are you going to drop the locket and start living the rest of your life?