I’m on my regular neighborhood walk, but this time, I made my perfect playlist before I embark on the journey. I grew tired of putting all my songs on “shuffle” only to pass by all the musicals, the VeggieTales, or anything else we happened to have in our family music collection.

You can stop skipping songs. You can choose the ones you want in your head.

I choose my perfect songs that include great walking beats. My full-disclosure walking playlist includes Imagine Dragons, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Gin Blossoms, George Strait, Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, OMD, and even some DJ Khaled. I have 80’s songs from Go West, Deniece Williams, and Starship. Yes, I even walk to Eric Carmen and Michael Jackson.

Several miles in, it’s all Shakira, Ariana Grande, and Katharine McPhee. Now, it’s Spin Doctors, Coldplay, and Marc Cohn.

I realize we choose what we love to put in our heads. I think of my playlist of scripture, of noticing beautiful things that correspond with the seasons, and of making meaning out of any hard things. You choose. And then you dance as you walk.

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