Day 26: a reason to believe

It snowed again but walking is what I do so out I went again this morning – I am in need of a good emotional clearing. The National news has me full of thoughts and memories. The good ones and the bad ones.

I listened to three video clips in a row on Kathrine Sokolowski blog post. Yes, I had already watched them several times. This time they were posted together and the impact was powerful. The lines from Lin-Manuel Miranda song Found Tonight pulled me over the edge. The stirring of thoughts, care and love in this community of young people is amazing.

I pulled these lines as I listened to the guys sing after hearing the Emma and Naomi speak.

  • Have you ever felt like you could fall and no one would hear
  • Have you felt like you could disappear
  • Maybe there is a reason to feel you will be ok
  • When you don’t feel strong enough to stand
  • Reach out  – reach out your hand
  • Raise a glass to freedom
  • Something that no one can take away
  • You will be found
  • Someone will come running to take you home
  • Telling  the story of tonight
  • When the dark comes crashing through
  • When you need a friend to carry you
  • You will be found
  • You reach up and you will rise again
  • Look around – you will be found
  • When our children tell their story
  • There will be more of us telling the story of tonight

    There is reason to believe you will be ok

Though pain and darkness the light shines through in the voices of the youth of our country. It is the feeling of hope and a brighter future that I had not heard or felt for so long. I am so sorry it had taken so much death and fear to bring this out but if this is the silver lining than our losses will not have been in vain.  “There is reason to believe you will be ok.”

And so I walk this morning under the grey skies, in the new spring snow, listeniing to the robins singing along the route as the words of Emma, Naomi and Lin-Manuel ring in my head.

Maybe there is a reason to believe we will be ok!



About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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8 Responses to Day 26: a reason to believe

  1. Well said. There are so many thoughts swirling after this weekend–but you captured many of them!

  2. Your post brings me to tears…of HOPE that our young people will know we care and are working to bring control and HOPE back to our schools and public arenas. A former administrator used to say that it was hard to bring about change until you hit the bottom. I’m HOPING we’er on our way back up!

  3. Your post is so moving. I do hope these young people will hang in and not give up when every REASONABLE thing they are demanding doesn’t happen right away. It took years for the civil rights movement to achieve the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and years for the Vietnam War to end, but these young people are so smart and so articulate. I hope to live long enough to see their efforts become law.

  4. Beautiful! And FULL of hope. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so clearly and for including these inspiring words from others too.

  5. Trina Haase says:

    It is so effective how you pointed out some of the key lines from “Found Tonight.” I listened to this song three times and these phrases stuck out to me as well.

  6. ureadiread says:

    I found myself lifting some of those lines as well these past few days. Keep your eyes to the hope.

  7. arjeha says:

    Out future lies in the hands of the young people in our country. They have a voice. They are our hope and our reason to believe that everything will be OK.

  8. Ramona says:

    So glad your post sent me to Katherine’s post and that I took the time to listen. Love the hope in your last line. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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