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Monday, April 4, 2011

have a little faith

Kelli O'Hara from the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.

Right before her character, Nellie Forebush, bursts into this song - she speaks about the war, and how the world around her is falling apart.  All of her friends, her family, even her own mother doubt there is any beauty left in the world.

Not her.

Despite the fact that she is a nurse in the Great War she says she "can't work herself up to getting that low."

I feel that way a lot. 

Working in a restaurant.  Surrounded by greed.  In a place where many people - not all, but many - don't follow through.  Just living life trying to squeak by. 

It can really mess with your mind. 

Finally last night, it was as if my head fell into itself.  All of the walls I have built up against people were destroyed.

Yes, people screw up.  People are imperfect.  I am people.  I am imperfect. 

But I refuse to believe that this place we inhabit for just a short whisper of time is void of all beauty and freedom.  I can't work myself up to getting that low.

There is truth in this world, and I'm going to find it.  It's okay to have faith in people.  It's okay to acknowledge there is, yes, evil in this world, but also there is good.  There is good.  There is good.

So what if they call me a "cockeyed optimist?"

Happy Monday!


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