I’ve been kicking off the weekend with a Johnny Cash listening spree — going through the whole damn American collection, live concerts and hymnals and all that jazz. It’s been absolutely enriching and calming, but also a window of discovery into new songs from a famed artist that I haven’t heard before. Sure I know “Ain’t No Grave,” “Ring of Fire,” and some of the classics, but there’s so many more songs I never knew existed that have the same depth of feeling and profound philosophical insight bundled up into these — rather simple melodically speaking — folk songs. It’s like falling in love all over again.

This song, “Satisfied Mind,” in particular got me thinking, as it is meant to, about the things we take for granted and what it means to be at ease. Cash is a great example of how we go to war with ourselves, fighting off demons in the form of addictions and vices and insecurities and weakness, only to let the best shine through; somehow when you break it all down into little pieces, the truth is all that is left whole. In our modern society it is so easy to want, want, want, there is always something more to want, but there is so much we can find in ourselves that we do not need to look outward for satisfaction.Cash knew this, he sang of this, but of course it is easier said than done, and it is not so much a choice you make once and move on from, but a daily committment you make in a thousand little ways.

“How many times have
You heard someone say
If I had his money
I could do things my way
But little they know
That it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind.”
~Satisfied Mind,
Johnny Cash, American VI, Ain’t No Grave