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Most People

“And she thinks ‘most people don’t talk enough about how lucky they are
Most people don’t know what it takes for me to get through the day
Most people don’t talk enough about the love in their hearts,’
But she doesn’t know most people feel that same way.”

— Dawes, “Most People”

Don’t allow yourself to think that you are the only person to feel the way you feel. At times, I come across a feeling or a situation that can make things seem as though they are so isolated that no one else can possibly understand. Sometimes it just feels like “most people” don’t get it. What we have to realize is that “most people” DO. Once we open our hearts and minds to those around us and we may be surprised what we find. What began as strangers become confidants, and those empathetic listeners, at our best moments, become friends.

Don’t get caught up in thinking “most people” don’t get it.

Become part of the larger group that wants to make a change for the better.



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Life is good.

This song is from my childhood. It is one that I hold very near and dear to my heart. It is carefully that I share it with you. When we find something good and meaningful, it is a crime not to share it with those who need it and will appreciate it.

Listen carefully to the lyrics. Take them all in.

I hope you can find a line or two that mean something to you.

In the meantime, we can all get behind the chorus…

“Give your all to others and it all comes back to you.” Life certainly is good.

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“Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bowed down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is…”

New track by one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles. This song seemed to go along with our general theme of optimism and perseverance.

Everyone has felt like they were the opposite of brave. Everyone needs a reminder of just how brave they are.

Psst… yeah, you… You are BRAVE. Fight for yourself. You are all you need to be your best.

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“but hold on to what you believe in the light when the darkness has robbed you of your sight.”

–mumford & sons


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“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”

— Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

This particular quote reminded me of so many things, the least of which was a track from the movie based upon this series’ first book. Before you continue reading, I invite you to turn on the track by clicking here and listen as you read along. 

Music has a way of expressing feelings for which we can never seem to find words. While I believe the word “hope” expresses so much in so few letters, this song always moves me closer to thoughts of hope and optimism. It is why this particular piece is so beautifully written and placed to match the emotions of the film. After waiting and waiting, expecting that the “best” they had hoped for would never arrive, the Baudelaire children return to their lowest point and find what they’ve been waiting for all along… concrete evidence that hope survives all.

We, like these children, need those moments more than anything at times. We need to know that hope survives, perseveres, and thrives, even when we do not give it the best conditions in which to do so.

Even though it may get lost, even if it only arrives every once in a while…wait for the best. It, like so many things, is worth the wait.

Love and Light,



“… I get a little bit stronger.”

I was driving to work this morning. It wasn’t particularly a terrific day… hell, it was 6:30.

I was flipping through my iTunes, looking for something to listen to. I just wanted something mellow playing to keep my eyes on the road and keep the stress level down. I pressed shuffle, still holding my phone in my hand, WAITING to press “next” as I knew there would be something like “Feel Good Drag” that set the wrong tone (although when you need it, it gets the adrenaline going.) And then it happened. “A Little Bit Stronger” crept in through my speakers.

It’s the kind of song that you have to be in the right mood for, and for me, it holds some pretty heavy meaning. However, it served as a great reminder. It is a reminder of all that I have overcome. My favorite line from the song? “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.” Even when you are in a million pieces, feeling like you aren’t much of anything, you are a little bit stronger. After a few days like that, you are just plain stronger. Imagine where you will be after a month, a year, a lifetime like that.

You are as strong as you need to be. Each day, you get a little bit stronger.

Love and Light,


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