Rise Up

Hello again, blogosphere 🙂

What a few months it’s been!  I hope you all enjoyed the end of the summer and are starting to feel the wonderful fall weather.

When I saw this video a couple days ago, I knew it was the perfect re-entry into Tiaraland.  Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” has long been one of my favorites for some very personal reasons.  But to hear a middle-school choir singing this song at a time where many communities, individuals, and heck even entire nations are hurting was crazy powerful.  Whether it’s natural disasters, political distress, personal challenges, or family hardships, I think one of the kiddo’s fathers put it best in this article from the Washington Post:

“This song, it resonates so much because of the times we’re in right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of pain going on. … When you have a group of kids, innocent kids singing ‘Rise Up,’ the message is mind blowing, how such a simple phrase can impact so many people. … The kids are trying to show us there’s another way than what we’re experiencing.”   

Check out the video below to hear these powerful voices.  And consider having a tissue or two ready.  Because, all the freaking feels.

And oh by the way, this was only their second rehearsal of the school year.  Let that sink in for just a minute….

Have a lovely day, friends!

Cheers,

SMR

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Your Spark

Everyone has ups and downs in life; times when we lose our spark. 

And how up the ups are and how down the downs are vary from person to person. It’s not up to us to judge another’s emotions or challenges. 

Do we make mountains out of molehills from time to time? Abso-freaking-lutely. 

And conversely, are we sometimes too nonchalant about things? Definitely. 

But, often it’s not until after the fact when you realize the true “size” of whatever you faced. 

The important thing is this: whenever you find your spark again, no matter how long it takes you to get it back, rise like a damn fire.