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Life Uncommon

I LOVE this song, and although I have no idea who the poster of this video is, but I echo her comment about this video. I too "hope my children lead a life uncommon".

I know my hope is rooted in reality. My heart swells with pride in my daughters and how they embody the spirit of this song:

"Lend out voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lent out strength to that which we with to be free from
Fill you lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon"

Conversations with my (almost) 18 year old daughter, Sara, fill me with hope for the future. She and her friends are so amazingly all-encompassing in their acceptance and tolerance of others. They are full of indignance over incidents of prejudism and social injustice, and full of empathy for those suffering from poverty, oppression, lack of medical care. They engage in thoughtful discussion, they participate in events such as 30Hour Famine, they join groups in support of gay rights. Sara couldn't get past about chapter 3 of "Gone With the Wind" because the racism disgusted her (I re-read the novel to see what she was talking about and was aghast that I had not picked up on it myself when I read the book as a teen 30 years ago.)

My younger daughter (almost 12), has not yet been exposed to many of these global issues (not too interested in the News just yet!), but shines her light in her own way. She has long been called on by teachers to help with a boy in her class with ADHD, because she is so patient and accepting. I heard the boy's name mentioned many times over the years, but my daughter was in grade 4 or 5 before I had any inkling that he had learning/behavioural problems because she doesn't think in terms of labels (a very good thing). To her, he's just another kid in her class; he just happens to have outbursts, and needs to be encouraged from time to time to focus on his work. As it should be.

I am so proud to be the mother of these two phenomenal girls. If they are indicative of their generation, I think the world will soon be in very good hands, indeed!


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"There are plenty of people who pray for peace
But if praying were enough it would have come to be
Let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves
To hear out voices ring out clear
with sounds of freedom"

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Love the post - and that's such a great picture!

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