About Barb Elyett - Biography

So Alive Inside!

Issue 5

Decide to Be Alive!

What I've been learning lately is that being truly alive is really nothing more than a decision. Sometimes I think many of us mentally over-embellish the glamour and wonder of something as fantastic as being truly alive. If we're not careful we can elevate the attainment of it so high that we actually push it out of our own reach.

For me, doing something that I was truly meant to do became such a far out concept. It became something that could only be attained by a select few; an elite group in society. This select group became my "they." "They" were the ones who God gave special privileges to. "They" were the ones that were sprinkled with fairy dust at birth. "They" were the ones that were better and much more deserving of a great life than me." And the list went on, and on, and on.

Every "they" statement pushed my attainment of a truly great life further and further away. Eventually, a lie became an embedded truth and I was convinced that all I could ever be was "average," which by societies standards meant living way below my potential, or in other words, dead not alive.

It took years to come to the realization that living a life that exuded happiness, direction, fulfillment and joy really was within my reach. I did have the power to create the kind of life I felt I was meant to live. I learned that God was no respecter of persons. He put all of us on the same playing field and he gave each of us an amazing power to create the kind of life we really want to live.

God gave each of us the power of choice; the power to decide, "Do I want to go this way or that way?" It's not complicated. It's just a question that we need to answer for ourselves. It's as simple as visiting the soup aisle at our local grocery store and asking ourselves"Do I want Mushroom soup or Chicken Noodle?" Or being in the dairy section going "Do I want 2% milk or skim?" It's simple.

After we "decide to be alive" everything starts to fall into place. The decision is like a compass that guides us on our journey of being alive inside. What we need to do, where we need to be, how we need to act, all becomes clear.

Deciding to live a "So Alive Inside!" life starts with a decision and is followed through with subsequent daily decisions that help us remain truly alive. Living the kind of life we want doesn't come by magic. It comes by choice. Isn't it great to know that a fully alive life IS under our control. It's just a decision away.

Recent Happenings

I recently sang at a private event at our local Community Center. Again, it was exciting to see people touched by various songs that I sang. One lady said that she was moved to tears when I sang a song called "Only You Know."

"Only You Know" was written for a young family friend that battled cancer for six years before passing away from it. It was heartbreaking to watch her try every kind of medication she could to rid herself of the disease only to be disappointed one more time when the medication she hoped would work, didn't.

She was a Christian and though her last days were filled with physical pain, it was amazing to watch her silently let go of the confusion, the hurt, the emotional agony of wondering why a cure was nowhere to be found for her, and replacing it with a beautiful surrender that brought her peace. The words of the song describe it best.....

...So here I am in an unavoidable surrender
And what can I say but that your ways are higher than mine
And even if I have to force these words through
Tears running down my face, and fears trying to break my faith
I know there's a special kind of grace
When I say that only you know, where will these winds blow
Only you know.

"Only You Know" will be included on my upcoming CD.

I also had the opportunity to sing at the local Hospital Foundation Telethon. That was a lot of fun. The event included many local artists that were pulling their talents together to help raise money for the hospital. I was glad to be part of such a great cause.

So things are going well. I'm looking forward to sharing my music with more and more people. There's definitely nothing like it!

Until next time,

Blessings to you and yours, - Barb