Jim Croce, Interpretations of the Past and What’s in My Control

Jim Croce, Interpretations

By Mike Bossy

I was a big fan of Jim Croce in my teens. It was the beat, his voice and his ability to trigger my imagination. To this day when I hear one of his tunes, my imagination and my memory are triggered. As far as memory is concerned, I remember what I was doing when I first heard one of his tunes. Of course, memory is a funny thing and I’m sure these ones have changed over time.

On my ride to work last week, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim came on the air. Awesome. The chorus is particularly interesting.

“And you don't tug on superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old lone ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim”

It always seemed like good advice. Jim was fictional of course but I see it as a metaphor for real world events. What is actually within my control? Not much, so why dwell on it?

I am better off focusing on the things I have control or even minor impact over. It’s less stressful and has an actual impact on making things better. As Dan Sullivan says, “The world was not made with me in mind.”

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