What does your Song sound like?

by Steve Prager on December 16, 2010

“Most men… go to the grave with the song still in them.”- Thoreau

 Like most of us, I’m familiar with the beginning of Thoreau’s quote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”, but I missed the last part, “…and go to the grave with the song still in them.”


I believe ALL of us have a God given Song. That Song is the secret desire, goal or gift that we carry inside us. Discovering, nurturing and singing your Song as loud as you can is KEY to a happy, fulfilled life.

I believe the opposite is true as well…people lead quiet lives of desperation BECAUSE they keep their Song in them. Some never even get the tune to their lips. No one gets to enjoy their gift – it’s never sung.

Maybe………(let’s make this about all of us)

  • We’re afraid we’ll screw it up
  • We put things off until ‘retirement’
  • We believe the lie that our Song isn’t important
  • We feel like it’s too late

Maybe we’re not sure what our Song sounds like!


HOW do you know what your special Song sounds like? What tunes are you liable to carry to the grave if you don’t get busy?

If you’re like me, and you’ve wondered what your Song is,…here’s a couple of quick steps that will set you on the path. I took this trip and although it lasted awhile, it was worth it! (Hey,..I’m slow, OK?)

Think Back-  What did you want to be when you grew up? It doesn’t matter if you ever followed through,..just try and remember what you were motivated by when you were young. Sometimes it’s helpful to ask your family (unless they were Song squelchers!).

Life List-  Quickly write down,without judgment, everything you ever wanted to do….travel, writing, things you wanted to learn, adventures, businesses you thought about starting, people you wanted to serve. Put it all down on paper. We’ll revisit later.

Listen to Yourself- What do you tell others, especially in the way of advice? Often times your Song is already coming out,..right under your nose!

What comes Natural  - Make a note of three things that come easily to you. Do you enjoy them? How do they help others? 


My Song is to communicate enthusiasm and encouragement. My Song is to help others discover their Song.

What do you think your Song is? Do you know?

We’ll visit more real soon.

You are doing those steps, right?  Come on….It’ll  be fun!

PS. If you’d like to share HOW you found your Song, or what it is,..please Comment Below!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Powers December 17, 2010 at 6:16 am

Very true, Steve, that many people leave their songs unsung.

Mine consists of a crazy bucket list of things to do before I die, as well as a desire to help other people create and accomplish their own lists. Hmm . . . you mention “listening to yourself.” That’s something I’ve come to realize I can certainly be better at. During a recent slump, several friends touched base and quoted lines from my own blog posts right back at me. Damn!

Thanks for the thought provoking ideas!


Steve Prager December 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm


Great to hear you’re out of your slump! You have a wonderful gift of helping and encouraging us newbies!

I’m anxious to check out your bucket list. Thanks for the comment.


Kevin Gage December 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I like your concept that is is never too late to get started on a path toward a goal (or to continue on a path from which you have been side-tracked). At 57, I find myself for the first time thinking hard about whether I have enough time left to accomplish goals (or bucket list items) I have had for decades, some since I was a teen. I am reminded of the saying, “Begin . . . The rest is easy.” Well, the rest may not be all that easy, but it will never happen unless we begin. As that great philosopher, Steve Prager, once told me, “Start by simply saying yes to opportunities.”


Steve Prager December 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Thanks Kevin! You know I love the “Yes Man’ book. You’re great at staying focused on your passion and saying NO so you can say YES to your Song!

Thanks for sharing!


Shakerman December 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

I find I have many songs, and the biggest challenge is how to keep things from overwhelming me! It feels like a curse at times being filled with so much, but I do what I can to share my songs, my rhythms, my heart….

Co-creating is powerful as well, and I invite you and your readers to open up and invite others in to be part of a bigger song!

One… two… lets all SING! ;)


Steve Prager December 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm


Great comment! You must be reading my mind, because I just envisioned taking the blog into the territory your suggested!

I agree with you about co-creating…………I’m going to hit that soon. All my efforts have come from ‘ a little help from my friends!’

Great stuff! Thanks for being a part of SDN.


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