I was a teenager in the 60s. I remember hearing this song f¹or the first time – 1968 – “Born to Wild…” by Steppenwolf band. Sometimes I hear the song and the sounds of Harleys tearing down the highway in my head.  It did strike a chord in me.

I think I was individuating (to become a separate entity) that made me seem rebellious.

I saw a lot of Hell’s Angels riding their Harleys on Pacific Coast Highway 1; the longest state route that runs along] the coastline.  The scenery is breathtaking. At 656 miles, it is the longest state route in California, and the second-longest in the US after Montana Higway.

The bikers were actually very nice people. They were an epitome of an old adage: NEVER JUDGE a BOOK by ITS COVER.  A big lesson learned.

Anyway, “Strike a chord” is a metaphor that refers to a chord played on a piano, with one note in yourself harmonizing nicely with a note in that which you are experiencing to create a pleasing chord. The objects being struck are piano strings, not cords.

It’s okay to be the less traveled road in your family.  They may resent you because you’re not programmed to be a follower in a herd. But you were born with a purpose. You are a unique individual. My niece was so like that.  It was amazing to watch her fly in her short life.  She made life a beautiful harmony.

Life is too short and we will all die. So when others insist we all sing or play instruments in unison I want to say, “Maybe for intervals but each one must return to sing their parts for harmony. 

Sometimes when you don’t know what to do, you just go there and realize it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for. God doesn’t want passive followers.  Becoming a follower of Christ

Is going to be like salmon swimming up stream makes them strong enough to lay eggs then die.  Going against the current makes us strong and fruitful.

It takes courage to be different.

Lord, make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station, but that my life may be an exhibit to the value of knowing God. (JIM ELLIOTT) 

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