Something Positive: Playing for Change

Last fall a friend of mine shared with me these two videos. It was right at the time when my full time job was in the process of layoffs, and I knew my layoff was right around the corner, especially since my hours had already been cut. Thanksgiving and Christmas were also just around corner.

Needless to say I wasn't in the best of moods. I was scared, and oh so tired. It had been a very rough year, either I was constantly working (2 jobs) or I was taking the kids to counseling for help on dealing with the crime they witnessed their father commit against me...a year where there were many court hearings...finalizing that long overdue divorce that I filed for in 2006, and also the hearings where I sat in the audience...looking at the man I once loved, up on (3) counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse (against me), battery (domestic violence) and (2) counts of causing mental harm to a child (what the children witnessed). I sat wondering if he would take the plea, or make our children testify. He ended up pleading and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was finally sentenced for the attack that happened on August 13, 2007.

It was a whirlwind of a year, and I was at the point where I thought I couldn't handle one more thing. One more more thing...would send me over that edge.

That's when I was shown these videos. I remember sitting at my desk, and as the videos played, the magic they contained caused tears to roll down my face. As dark as my world may have seemed to me at the time, watching people come together from every corner of our world...coming together to sing a song...well, I am not sure of the words that can describe how it all touched me...there are too many emotions to describe.

Tonight for some reason I found myself searching these videos out to share with all of you. Maybe I am using you all as an excuse because I needed the reminder that no matter how alone I may feel at times, we're all in this together...



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