How many times a week do we hear that phrase?
I don't know who coined the phrase or even when, but I know what it means and I know from where it was derived: Rock and Roll, baby.
Rock is awesome! It kicks butt! It rules! It . . . well . . . IT ROCKS!!
Rock can be a paradox. It is both pretentious and humble; uncivilized and inspiring; wild and uplifting and savage and ethereal.
Rock comes is a variety of packages and flavors--some of which appeal to the masses and others that have a quaint following with a more "selective taste."
Whichever "brand" of rock you choose, you do so because it speaks to you. It has meaning that cannot always be articulated, but it is tangible and easily recognized. Rock is something that is experienced--and often felt deeply in the gut. And when it's good, man, it's GREAT.
That's where the term "That Rocks" comes from. From that feeling we get when things are going great and we feel good and the Universe is somehow aligned in just the right way.
Rock isn't the only thing that rocks. Lots of things rock. However, some things DON'T rock. I know this will sound cliche', but brussel sprouts don't rock. They suck. You know what else doesn't rock? George Bush doesn't rock. Neither of them. Neckties don't rock nor do cats. I don't mean to offend cat lovers in general, but cats suck. Dogs rock, cats do not. People who are flatulent in confined spaces do not rock. I have nothing against passing gas in general, just don't do it where I might become imprisoned for any length of time with no hope for escape.
Even some Rock doesn't rock. Take REO Speedwagon for example. They are the un-rockingest rockers of all time. REO Speedwagon is the musical version of a fart in an elevator.
But I digress. . . .
There are many great things. Things that truly rock. A good movie rocks. Take True Grit for example--either of them--they rock. The Duke and The Dude both rock and that's a fact. Good food rocks; so do good friends and I have the rockingest friends in the whole world. I also have a rockin' wife and two rockin' kids and when you start to count your blessings and you find that there are way more blessings than things that suck -- well that rocks too.
Having integrity rocks. So does honesty. Teaching your kids integrity and honesty by example rocks even more. There is so much in life that rocks, but waking up in the morning and being able to look at yourself in the mirror and like what you see ranks right up there at the top.
You may agree with me about all or some of what I have written or you may simply disagree. That's ok. I respect you. It's true what they say, you know: perception really is reality.
And right now, my reality ROCKS!