Roll Over Beethoven
Song Info (from Beatlesongs):”Roll Over Beethoven” was on the With the Beatles album and was 100% written by Chuck Berry. Â The song was part of the band’s repertoire for concerts from the late 50s into 1964, including their 1964 North American tour. Â All four of them provided the handclaps for the song.
People like to use “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” as an excuse to not try new things. Â I don’t know if it’s actually true about actual dogs, but the thinking is, a person gets too set in their ways, too used to how they do things, and there’s no sense in trying to get them to do different things. Â There’s a certain comfort in the phrase, and a chance for both the sayer and the hearer to nod their heads knowingly and leave it at that. Â “Well,” they both agree, “that’s the end of that. Â No getting around that one!”
Thing is, I’ve held to that point of view for a long time. Â I may not have ever said it (though I’d be surprised if that were true), but I’ve certainly lived by it. Â “Don’t try to change me.” Â “I’m set in my ways.” “I like what I like.” Â Those are certainly things I’ve said, and more than once each.
There’s another phrase that you hear: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get the same result.” Â This phrase has been sticking with me lately. Â I don’t know if it’s because I’m just about to turn 38 or because I’m about to get married or something else entirely or both of those together, but there’s been a lot of self-evaluation going on. Â Megan and I have been going through premarital counseling, so there’s been a lot of “How do each of you act in this particular situation?” and “What do each of you think about ________?”, so I’m sure that’s part of it.
I really want to be a good husband. Â Sure, that’s a nice sentiment, I know. Â But… I really do. Â I want to find out what makes a good husband and do that, be that. Â I also want to be a good father, should that be a thing that happens. Â I want to be a good friend, a good worker, a good owner of cats, a good… whatever else. Â For me, that’s all tied up in my faith – I want to be a good Christian. Â Whether you like that or not, the way I understand being a good Christian amounts to me being a good citizen, too.
So I’ve been thinking these things a lot, mulling them over, pondering them. Â The trap I easily fall into, though, is leaving it there. Â I can “think things through” longer than most of you kids have been alive, it seems like. Â Change, thought, real change is about doing. Â A phrase I hit upon earlier this year has stuck with me and become a goal of mine: “Live deliberately.” Â I want to specifically pick things to change and then do it, change them.
So here’s a list of things I want to be doing every day, where “every day” is defined as “somewhere between 5-7 times a week.” Â While they are not all inherently spiritual, there is a spiritual aspect to doing things that I believe I should be doing. Â The list so far:
- Flossing – a simple thing, but very helpful, and more helpful the older I get here
- Using the treadmill (for more than a place to hang things) – I have no interest in running outside, but if I could set up a laptop to be usable while I was on the treadmill? Â That will make a world of difference.
- Push-ups – There’s a program for getting yourself to the point where you can do 100 push-ups, and it really seems like something I could do and should do
- Go to bed earlier – more specifically, before 11p. Â This directly ties in with
- Get up earlier – ideally, 5a. Â The times in my life where I’ve done this have been fantastic, and I’d like to get back to it.
- Read my Bible – the more I read it, the better I can remember what it is I need to be doing
- Be on time – for work, for church, for everything I can be
It’s a start. Â I’d like to revisit this in a year and be able to say, “Not only did I start that, I’m still doing all those things.”
I’ve never seen the movies referenced in the title of this entry, but I don’t have to to know that the titular character is a giant dog who brings chaos wherever he is. Â I’d rather be an agent of serenity than an agent of chaos, a help to those around me rather than a hindrance. Â And even though I’m a cat person, I’d like to think that this old dog can learn some new tricks.