In his song Three Little Birds, Bob Marley sings about three birds perched at his doorstep that sing to him, “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright.’
Whenever the world feels chaotic, I gravitate towards this song — not because it’s some magic wand that can wave away my woes but because, between the instrumentals and the lyrics, the song gives me some solace.
Music can have a transformative effect on people in much the same way a good book, film, or talk can. They may not directly alter our reality, but they can meaningfully alter how we feel and respond to our reality.
When you listen to the song, maybe you’ll find yourself able to worry just a little bit less — maybe you’ll feel just a little more confident in your ability to respond to present challenges.
Even when your plate feels completely full, it doesn’t hurt to briefly lose yourself in music. If anything, you’ll come back reinvigorated and more ready to take on life as a result.