This I Believe

Shoshana - Portland, Maine
Entered on February 12, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: peace
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Gonna keep on movin’ forward,

Keep on movin’ forward,

Keep on movin’ forward,

Never turning back,

Never turning back.

I believe in singing songs of hope. At times when problems seem overwhelming, it takes imagination to trust that our efforts can make a difference. But music reaches us in the deepest place and inspires us to keep trying.

One friend’s hands can’t tear a prison down,

Two friend’s hands can’t tear a prison down,

But if two and two and 50 make a million,

We’ll see that day come round,

We’ll see that day come round.

I have an ordinary voice, at best. But I believe in singing out- with others or alone. I collect songs of hope the way that others might collect shells or rare coins- and I do my best to pass them along.

Step by step, the longest march can be won, can be won,

Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none,

And by union what we will, shall be accomplished still,

Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.

Last week, I went to yet another peace rally. Among the graying crowd, I saw the same signs that we’ve been carrying for 30 years, and wondered if our efforts have made any difference.

At such times, I take heart from Camus’ story, “The Myth of Sisyphus.” Maybe the rock that we roll uphill keeps sliding back down- but still our job is to keep pushing it. If nothing else, doing so gives meaning to our lives. So I keep singing songs of hope, and sharing them with those around me.

There’s a light, there’s a light, in the darkness,

And the dark of the light cannot harm us,

We can trust not to fear, for our comfort is near,

There’s a light, there’s a light in the darkness.