There are rare instances where an unanticipated thought hits you and in an instant changes the way you think or feel. I had one of those this morning.

Being a bit of an old dog, I don’t keep up with current music much anymore. However, today I watched some of the performances from this year’s Grammy awards. As background, all my life I have cheered, hoped, and cried for the underdog, whether it be in sports, business, or just life. It is part of who I am and have always been. I love to see the “little guy” rise up to slay the giant.

This morning I listened to Alicia Keys sing “Underdog”. As I took in the lyrics the proverbial light bulb lit up above my head. I was surprised to realize I am one. My birth family, my upbringing, my relationships, my own myriad issues. . . I am and always have been an underdog.

That may not sound like much, and I know it may come across as self-pity or a sense of victimhood. It isn’t. It is a tectonic shift in my thinking about myself. And the result of this change is that I now have permission to cheer for me. Thank you, Alicia Keys.

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