Renewal of Hope

at just the right time.

Tonight I had the pleasure of watching & listening to Michael Franti & Spearhead’s livestream on YouTube. The excitement, the words, the music, the sense of love and humanity, the message(s)… I listen to this music almost every day it seems but there was just something about the livestream that touched my heart and soul in a bit of a different way. And the new songs? Top of my playlist the day they drop.

Emotional cleansing, of a sort?

The past couple of weeks have been such a sh*tshow and I’ve been feeling so defeated and hopeless, in ways far beyond just my own little bubble. I fear for the state of the country, the world, my children, your children, all the future generations. I’ve struggled with thoughts about the precedents being set by the current political adminstration, the impact it’s going to have going forward, not being able to get through to people about how important it is to fight back — to refuse to accept this as any sort of normalcy.

I get it. I do. It’s hard today to see beyond yourself. We’re all struggling in some way or another. I really do get it. The bills keep coming, the work keeps piling up, appointments, school functions, work functions, household chores, the kids want that new phone or that hot new name brand whatever, but it’s not an excuse to trample on everyone else.

We all live here together. We all, whether we want to believe it or not, are connected and dependent on each other. This fighting, this mistreatment, this lack of care – THAT I don’t get. Why is it so hard to believe that each and every one of us, no matter our station or skin color, no matter where we live or what God we believe in or don’t believe in, EVERY ONE of us deserves to live a decent life and to be treated with respect and dignity. We’re ALL human. We’re ALL earthlings. We ALL bleed. We ALL feel. We ALL love.

So why is it so damn hard to just reach out a hand and help each other out?

I don’t have much – but if someone needs what I have more than I do, I give it away. I don’t understand why that makes me less to some people… but it does.

It shouldn’t.

Much love to Michael Franti & Spearhead, their family and friends, their fans, their tribe – keep playing, keep singing, keep staying human.

We need more human.

Tonight I listened, I loved, I cried, and I smiled. Thank you for the renewal of hope, the cleansing of my soul, the motivation and the encouragement to press on.

Peace ya’ll!

It’s way past my bedtime 🙂

Love & Light

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