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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

It’s easy to believe that we live in a divided world these days.  One that is out of balance socially, economically, politically, and environmentally.  But I also believe we are out of balance spiritually.

Over the years, we have allowed our moral compass to become spiritually eroded, much like we’ve allowed the land that gives us life to be physically eroded.

I believe that one of the reasons for this depletion is that we have bought into the fallacy that there’s not enough to go around so therefore “the other” is our enemy.

And for centuries, with the exception of indigenous peoples, we’ve treated mother earth as our property, to do with her what we want instead of respecting her as our sacred partner.

This disharmony has occurred gradually, without most of us taking much notice. That’s how insidious “the hypnosis of social conditioning” can be.

But in my opinion, one of the most dangerous beliefs we hold is that there is nothing we can do to change the outcome. We’ve become victims to our own beliefs.  We feel helpless.

The good news is that none of that is true.  We can change the trajectory we’re on. But we have to commit to being an active participant in the process and not just a spectator.

lady looking at her reflection in a wall of tv monitors

Okay, now for something a little bit lighter as I take you on a trip down memory lane.

When I was a young girl, my parents used to let me fall asleep each night listening to old vinyl on a little blue portable record player.  I still remember drifting off to the duets of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.  I can still hear the melodic voice of John Gary.  It was the best lullaby.  But one of the songs that has stayed with me over all these years is one called “I Believe.”

I can’t remember who sang the version I first heard as there were many artists who sang it during that time like Elvis Presley and Frankie Laine.  But I think the version I remember is by a group called the Bachelors.   Anyway, I was curious about the song’s origin and did a bit of research.

I learned that the song was commissioned by Jane Froman who had a television show back in the 1950’s and was written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Gram, Jimmy Shirl, and Al Stillman in 1953.  According to Wikipedia, “Froman, troubled by the uprising of the Korean War in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith to the populace.”

Although we haven’t been through another world war, we are living through a global pandemic and our “populace” could use a good dose of hope and faith for a brighter future.  And with that, I give you the lyrics to one of my favourite memories.

baby curled up sleeping in a bird nest sitting on a purple blanket

I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night a candle glows
I believe for everyone who goes astray
someone will come to show the way
I believe, I believe

I believe above the storm the smallest prayer will still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere hears every word
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why I believe

Find something good to believe in.  Turn to it when in doubt or despair.  Then let your joy inspire the thoughts and deeds you bring to the table.

Until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

Love from your Joy Mama,

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