Something to Raise You Up

Is it just me, or is the constant bombardment of negativity dragging you down as well? I used to love reading the newspaper and catching up on the days’ news, but truthfully, I can’t take it anymore. I believe the intensely negative presidential election has a lot to do with it. It just seems completely unbecoming of any president-wanna-be to drag us down and promote division, anger, hatred, and separation. The presidents job is to lift us up.

Recently a group of very close friends got together and we were having a lot of fun. As soon as the subject of the election came up it was as if someone put a spell on us. It wasn’t that we disagreed or argued about any issue, that’s not my point. Everyone just got agitated, stopped laughing, and started talking loud.

More and more I find myself searching for stories, people, events, and music that lift me up, and that is what today’s vlog is about. This is why my last vlog was about the incredibly cute talking twins!

I keep playing this song, You Raise Me Up, and it does just that. It was originally composed by the duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Rolf Lovland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham . After the song was performed early in 2002 by Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, it was only a minor hit in the UK.

Since then, it has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, and this version, by Westlife, which helped the song take off.

These songs, and videos, are the essence of the bond we share and this #BindingForce lifts us up. The lyrics really say it all, when we are down and weary, or burdened, we all need someone to lean on. I love how this Westlife remix includes so many images of diversity, age, genders, and of course loved ones, especially children, all of which are a #BindingForce.

When I am down and, oh, my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
 Then I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

And that is why, I dedicate this blog to my wife and kids—

Who raise me up, when I am weary and bleary.
Who cheer me up,  so I can maybe see.
Who teach me patience, as I search for guidance.
Who raise me up, to more than I can be.

I see you.

Love forever,



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