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Don’t Give Up

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush Oh my goodness I love this song.  I could listen to it over and over.  Kate Bush’s voice is soothing and comforting.  Her words of hope are so sweet. Interestingly, this song was written as the British coal miners strike entered its second year. It describes the utter destruction of the mining industry by Thatcher, the desolate impact on once macho workers and the increasing importance of the women who managed by hook or by crook to keep families and whole communities ticking over.   It can certainly have all sorts of meanings since it is a general message of hope in a time of despair.   “in this proud land we grew up strong we were wanted all along I was taught to fight, taught to win I never thought I could fail”   Today is not like the Great Depression of the 1930s, but it is a depression. It is a depression in employment, in our economy and in our lives.  It is definitely depressing for the person …

self fulfilling prophesy

Self- fulfilling Prophesy If you can believe it, you can achieve it!  ~Walt Disney I’ve been thinking a lot about the self-fulfilling prophesy.  The first time I learned about it was when my husband was in college.  He came home and told me about a study he learned that was done on kindergarten children.  At the beginning of the year the kids were tested in various subjects and comprehension.  The kids that scored the highest were put into one group and the kids that scored the lowest in another.However, the teacher and the students were told that the group that scored the lowest- scored the highest and vice versa (switching them up).  By the end of the year they retested and the opposite was true!  So the kids that originally scored the highest but were told they were the low scoring group actually did test low by the end of the year.  They attributed this to the self fulfilling prophesy.  Not as much was expected from the high scoring kids so they didn’t do well.  Even more amazing though- the kids that scored …

moments of clarity

“A few times in my life, I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think… And things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived for these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.”  

can’t possibly describe

“There are also sorts of experiences that we can’t really put a name to. The birth of a child, for one. Or the death of a parent. Falling in love. Words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder. Finding God is like that too. If it’s happened to you, you know what it feels like. But try to describe it to someone else – and language only takes you so far.” — ~ Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart  

who am i?

“Who am I? Answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen, done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.” — ~ Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children)