Lyrical Legends: Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany

Theme From Mahogany

Diana Ross

By Terrance Moore.

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to, do you know?
Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door.
What are you hoping for, do you know?

I have to admit, the lyrics to the song have an emotional effect on me every time I hear them. I’ve been extremely blessed throughout my life, but I’ve had my share of ups and downs like everyone else. There have been times when the challenges seemed never ending, and no matter how hard I worked to reverse my situation, the reward for my efforts seemed to be even more challenges. The first time I really paid attention to the lyrics to this song, I was going through the worst phase of my life. I was sitting on the couch in a dimly lit room listening to the radio, and this song came on and hit me in the gut with the force of a sledgehammer. My answers to each question simply narrowed down to, “No” and “I don’t know.” No, I don’t like the things that life is showing me. No, I don’t really know where my life is headed. And other than finally having peace of mind, I don’t really know what I’m hoping for out of life. I was lost.

Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies that filled our minds
You knew how I loved you but my spirit was free
Laughing at the questions that you once asked of me.

When we’re young our foresight tends to be extremely limited. I think most people dream of being successful, in their careers as well as their relationships, but we tend to live in the moment. We think we’re going to be young forever, and it isn’t until this thing called life smacks us into reality that we start to look at the bigger picture. When I was in my late teens to early 20s, I really gave no thought to my life beyond the age of 30. “30?! That’s old! I’m too young to be thinking about what’s going to happen when I’m old.” And of course, 30 crept up on me a lot faster than I thought it would. And now that I’m knocking on 40’s door, I have a whole new perspective on life.

Now looking back at all we’ve planned
We let so many dreams just slip through our hands.
Why must we wait so long, before we see
How sad the answers to those questions can be.

Although I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, it doesn’t eliminate the fact I still have a long list of unfulfilled dreams. The choices I’ve made in life have led me in a completely different direction from where I saw myself during my youth. Do I have any regrets? No, I can’t really say that I do. I believe that God’s plan for me is way better than anything I could envision for myself, so I accept where I am. As I stated earlier, I’m extremely blessed! But being human, I can’t help but to think back and say, “What if?” But with every path we choose to take, there’s always a negative side. Maybe God spared me from what I would’ve encountered had I taken one of those paths.

Optimistic people always envision the best outcome when we set a goal for ourselves. But as we all know, just because we expect the best, it doesn’t always make it so. It normally isn’t until we look back on those moments that we’re able to see the dark path we were headed towards. I can’t thank God enough for not always giving me what I thought I wanted. My life could really be in turmoil right now, because I dodged some bullets thanks to Him! As the lyrics to the song state, it tends to take us a while to realize what life is all about. And there’s going to be a lot of sadness in the lessons we learn. But take solace in knowing the best is yet to come…IF…we make the right choices. Even if you’ve had to live with sorrow and regret up to this point, you can right the ship. You have the power to change the course of your life, and find the peace of mind I mentioned earlier. I found mine.

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