I AM Somebody

06/23/2012

Uplifted by hard-working and far-reaching organizations such as Playing For Change and others from all over the world creating hope-filled expressions of love and peace, I get inspired to raise up my own voice. To sing out ‘this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’. I’ve been sharing this sentiment lately because I need to hear it. I must remember how important every voice is, or I lose hope. I begin to feel disheartened that I cannot make a difference. But that is not the truth. So I shake off that falseness, and claim my rightful place in the choir. A choir of global peace-seekers and light-workers.

Every writer sharing their truth and their journey. Every poet capturing beauty and longing for more. Every photographer looking deeply at the world and endeavoring to share their view. Every musician who captures those elusive notes from within their heart. Every artist using color, cloth, metal, ink, clay, paint and more to share the beauty bursting out from within them. Every chef who creatively combines foods and flavors, bringing out depths and heights for our taste buds and joy. Every neighbor with a smile. Every volunteering pilot. Every caring teacher. Every kind clerk. Every friendly bus-driver. Every compassionate doctor. Every loving human. We are all essential to the choir.

Yes, I use metaphors. I’m a self-taught writer throwing it all out there in neophyte abandon. I have a passion for peace, and I have an inner pull that insists I share. I have to sing out and add my voice to our choir of hope. I have to sing about promise, about everything that IS working. I want us to focus on the many ways that peace is occurring right now, and help it grow. I recall Dr. Wayne Dyer in one of his motivational PBS programs, saying “Right now there are approximately 800,000 people at war. However if we take into account about 7 billion people live on our planet, that means there are 6 BILLION 999 MILLION 200 THOUSAND people who are living at peace. This is a hopeful statistic!”

He was urging us not to collapse into despair and hopelessness at the news and negative propaganda, and instead focus on the fact that most people are at peace. People want peace. We want to find solutions. We want to help those at war to work things out. We want to help raise all children in environments of love, shelter, food, safety and learning.

This post celebrates the fact that we may be only one but together we make an impact! This old saying reminds us to stick together: “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” Let’s remember that every person, every voice, makes a difference. Let’s fill our hearts with love and sing out our notes with joy! Let’s all add our voices to the choir for peace.

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[Images not mine; original sources could not be found]

71 responses to I AM Somebody

  1. 

    Thank you for this wonderful post, my friend.

    Russ

  2. 

    Reblogged this on Milenanik3's Blog and commented:
    Amazing article especially in the morning hours.Read and be blessed!

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      Wow… Kim! I only knew of your wonderful 100 Ways blog, but now I see another wonderful blog to enjoy. If I was in Japan and went to a nice coffee shop, hearing Ella Fitzgerald playing as you described, would feel delightful. Gorgeous photography. My younger son really wants to travel to Japan so I will introduce him to your Travel Photography blog for him to enjoy it as well. Many thanks! Gina

  3. 

    Brilliant post, Gina. We’re going to highlight it on our blog today. Hope that’s OK with you.
    Gary

    • 

      That is absolutely OK! I am honored and delighted. It is a universal message after all, just ‘filtered’ through me. Thanks Gary.
      Gina

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      Dear Gary, I would have been delighted with a link to my article at the bottom of your post, as some have done, citing ‘Additional Sources’ or ‘Articles for further reading’. However to discover your talented and eloquent writing went into creating a post that celebrates this post of mine, and perhaps even me as a blogger, is the greatest gift I can imagine from one blogger to another. You pulled the best excerpts, even from my About page, and wove together a wonderful message that continues this one’s hope for peace. You put it all together incredibly. I love your post!
      I know you and your team are working hard at advocating change for students and educators and I celebrate YOU and your work! I am humbled and I feel honoured as well. I truly cannot thank you enough.
      Gina

  4. 

    Thanks for this post. It’s just what I needed today!

  5. 
    George Hayward 06/24/2012 at 6:26 am

    Beautiful, thank you!

  6. 

    Wow, Gina! Powerful! You are such an awesome writer. And I, too, employ magical thinking! What other kind is there? Love, Cathy

    • 

      Dearest Cathy, thank you so kindly! When the message is right it just flows out, doesn’t it? And I knew you’d like that poster 🙂
      Love, Gina

      • 

        Yes it does! BTW, Peter and I went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday and while we were there, a fire broke out in Estes Park. The commander from the High Park Fire sent several helicopters to help put it out, which they were able to do fairly quickly. I wondered whether one of those helicopters was piloted by your brother. It was amazing watching them fly back forth from the lake in town to the fire and because they were already working so close by, they were able to mobilize quickly and contain it before it became another huge fire like ours. Could have consumed our beloved National Park and the town – but didn’t. So grateful…Hugs to you on this Sunday, Cathy

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          That is so amazing! Thank Heavens there are so many there already and some could come over and quickly extinguish that new fire. I haven’t been in contact with him or my sister in law for a bit so I’m not sure if he was one of those few. They all do such amazing work. And the people on the ground. It takes big hearts and bigger courage to do that kind of needed work! Bless them all. And bless you Cathy. I so enjoy all our visits!
          Love and Hugs to you as well, Gina

  7. 

    I Will join you choir or be the second snowflake. I love you message in this post. Will reblog. Everyone can make a difference, create peace around themselves but even more important, within themselves. Kind heart is much more valuable than a degree. Thanx so much for sharing this.

  8. 

    Reblogged this on mindfuldiary and commented:
    Love Ginas post. Évry person can make a difference. All you need is kind heart and an action.

  9. 

    AMEN!!!! Thanks for making a difference!

  10. 

    Thanks for the lovely post, Gina. It exactly expresses the beauty and power of the blogging community, including both the bloggers and their readers. There are many, many people out there who wish to bring about change for the better, and we are working towards that goal together, one post at a time. Down with the lamestream media, and up with people power!

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      Hooray! I hear your cheer and return it as well! I was inspired in writing this to help us all remember, myself included, that we ALL make a difference… we all matter. Different voices. One choir. Thanks so much for your awesome comment!

  11. 

    p.s. May I repost this on my blog, with all credit to you of course?

  12. 
    LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words 06/24/2012 at 4:39 pm

    *****“Right now there are approximately 800,000 people at war. However if we take into account about 7 billion people live on our planet, that means there are 6 BILLION 999 MILLION 200 THOUSAND people who are living at peace. This is a HOPEFUL statistic!” ******

    the cup is MORE than half full…a great post but these words keeps standing out the most for me….
    Magickal thinking can create this as an everyday thought till it is only peace we know, the word war goes away with hate….
    ( I will read again….again )

    a great post Gina….
    Take Care…
    )0(
    maryrose

    • 

      Thank you so much Maryrose for your thoughtful comment here. Yes those words blow me away too. And I agree, like you say, to employ magical thinking until it is ONLY peace we know…
      So glad you enjoyed this. Warm hugs, Gina

  13. 

    Awesome post girlie! I can just imagine you singing “This Little Light of Mine” right now. That’s our favorite song, too. Love, love and more love to you dear heart! Joanna

  14. 

    Reblogged this on Momentum of Joy and commented:
    Another amazing post from amazing Gina! I know you will love it and feel inspired, too. Enjoy!

  15. 

    now THIS is an amazing article! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. 

    The quotes, the Wayne Dyer references, the message, this entire post: PERFECT. Thanks for writing such a wonderful post, Gina. This blog of yours is making a difference 🙂 Lovely as always!!!!!!!!

    • 

      Erika! You move me to happy tears! This little thing I do, these stories bursting out that I must share, if it touches others – You! – that means so much to me. To any writer. Blogging is wonderful that it offers us this Comments section for feedback. I thank you humbly for your very kind feedback. It is comments like yours that help sensitive people like me to keep writing!

  17. 

    What a wonderful post!! Thank you for writing it!

  18. 

    Every change starts with this thought: I think I can and I think I will.

  19. 
    jolynproject 06/25/2012 at 6:32 pm

    This is a wonderful post. I love the idea of all of us in a choir of hope. I also enjoyed the beautiful quotes as well. Such a great message. A message that sometimes I and I’m sure many others need to hear from time to time. Thanks for sharing.

    • 

      Thank you so much Jolyn, it is wonderful to see you here my friend. Yes I keep having this image of us writers who are writing about peace, each in our own way, as singers in a choir somehow. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks again dear one.

  20. 

    what a wonderful powerful post 🙂

  21. 

    Oh what a touching, timely reminder. Yes, we all do count. A dollar is not one dollar if it’s only ninety-nine cents. That one, single cent truly makes a HUGE difference! Thanks for this post Gina. Bless your heart sister dear! 🙂

  22. 

    I am so blessed to be part of the community who benefits from your sharing of heart. Thank you….

    Pink.

  23. 

    Your blog is such a blessing, enjoyed this post today.

  24. 

    So many great quotes that, over the years, I have entered into my wise old grandmother’s Book of Wisdom.

  25. 

    You have been nominated for the Very Inspirational Blog Award go to http://donkeywhispererfarm2010.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/second-very-inspirational-award/ to follow instructions to add to your blog.

  26. 

    Gina,
    Keep speaking out, singing, writing, shouting, creating, showing! Your voice is necessary, and it is beautiful. Thank you so much.

    Rebecca

  27. 

    We never know what God has planned for us … always best to be prepared by living and patterning Love and Peace for the world around us. 🙂

  28. 

    R U a Physician!?

  29. 

    Wonderful, wonderful post!! The very issue you raise is the reason I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy every year- to remind myself that one person, however small and unlikely, can change the course of destiny with a quiet will to preserve what is good in this world. Thanks for your inspiring words.

    • 

      I am delighted that you enjoyed this post. And I find it wonderful that you reread the Tolkien trilogy every year to remember that even one little hobbit can change the entire world (and so can we). That is inspiring! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.

  30. 

    You have a wonderful blog and it proves that one person can make a diffference.
    Thank you so much for following my blog judysp.wordpress.com . Your encouragement makes it all worthwhile.
    Happy Blogging cheers Judy 🙂

    • 

      Thank YOU so much Judy. And yes I agree with you, that these connections and encouraging friendships we make along the way are what make this blogging endeavour all worthwhile. Cheers, Gina 😀

  31. 

    Wonderful post! I especially liked the quotes 🙂

  32. 

    I’m back! Like a pesky mosquito, I am determined to enter your world and make a difference, just as you have made a difference in mine. Thank you, my friend! Your collection of quotes are worth a large poster-sized banner for each one!!

  33. 

    Great post. Truly well said. Thanks!

  34. 

    Gina, what a gift… this link. Thank you so much for sharing with me. On Christmas Day, my younger son said to me, “Mom, I have so much respect for what you research and share, but it’s sometimes depressing. For today, can we just talk about what’s good in the world.” His wisdom and yours remind me that I need to spend time walking in flowers AT LEAST as often as I tread through the muck. Thank you.
    Jan

    • 

      Jan I’m delighted you came over and enjoyed this link! Your younger son sounds wise beyond his years (but then again, aren’t we all?). How insightful for him to request that the conversation remain on what is good in the world. And your poetic heart put it so eloquently, for us all to remember to ‘spend time walking in the flowers at least as often’ as we tread in the muck. Brilliant. Thank you so much for your welcomed visit and delightful comment. Hugs, Gina