Are You Overwhelmed This Time of Year? (Then Do This)

How is it almost 2017?! As we begin to embrace the reality that 2016 is almost over, if you are anything like me, you began to look at what the new year has to offer. I’m not huge on resolutions, but I do set some goals and try to make them happen.


This time last year I was writing out a list of goals and preparing for the new year. One goal I wrote down was to consistently blog throughout each week. I didn’t have the perfect topic to write about, I just wanted to spread ideas of hope and healing.

Today marks hitting my goal. (But Darren it’s not the first of the year yet…) Yes, it’s not the end of the year, but I will be taking a breath during the month of December. If you have been following my posts you know that 2016 has been a tough one and I feel that the best way to end this year is with some time to pause and heal some more.

In the new year, I want to be a voice of hope and healing for those of you dealing with loss, tragedy, and disappointment. We are all in need of a little bit of hope in our lives and I want to do my part to spread that kind of love through what I do best.

What is that exactly?

This past week I did something I have never done before. I recorded a video of myself playing guitar. Sounds simple I know, but it’s not the easiest thing for me to do for some reason. This came about from a conversation I had with a friend of mine. She asked me if I had abandoned music, and I actually had to stop and think about it. I felt that I had unintentionally done so.

After she spent some time encouraging me about the gift I had to share, I decided to post my video. The response was so great it humbled me. I had forgotten how music had the ability to spread hope and healing, and that I had the gift to harness that through my playing.

I couldn’t help but wonder how this was going to affect 2017.

Looking into next year

I have been thinking a lot about that conversation I had with my friend. About the response, I received from a couple of short Instagram videos. I began to realize that I could offer more hope and healing through the notes I play, then through the words I write.

So for this last post of the year, I want to leave you with a song that I hope brings healing in whatever you are dealing with today. I encourage you to take just a moment to listen to this track and let the healing in. Close your eyes and allow the music wash over you. Simply pause, rest, and reflect.

In doing so I truly believe that you will find a little bit of healing for your soul. Not because I’m some sort of musical doctor, but because the music is the medicine. So allow it to do its job.

It’s not perfect. It has flaws. But I feel that’s a lot like life…beautiful buy messy. Enjoy.

Here’s to hope and healing in 2017. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas season and that the new year brings about more hope than you could ever hold on to.

Question: Do you feel this track speaks healing through its melody? What stands out to you? 



  1. Very beautiful and relaxing to listen to… thanks, Darren!

  2. Listen, I am sitting here in the dark (it’s only 6pm, ha) and decided to try what you suggested. Pause, rest, reflect and let the music do the healing. It’s so amazing what happens in the stillness. Thank you for posting this and reminding me to stop, only if for a few moments, during this hectic time. Much needed. Keep sharing, please!! 🙂

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