Inspirational Songs: Music Heals
I thought that I would continue this post because I know that music has strong healing powers for some people. Who doesn’t like to listen to a good song?
1. Forgiven – Reliant K
2. Peace in the Valley – Kevin Costner
3. Fin – Anberlin
4. Love Saves the Day – Piotr Rubik
5. Savin’ Me – Nickelback
6. How Deep the Water Runs – Kevin Costner
7. The Unwinding Cable Car – Anberlin
8. I Was Here – Beyonce
9. Lose Yourself – Eminem
10. Savior – Black Veil Brides
11. Never Give In – Black Veil Brides
12. Second and Sebring – Of Mice and Men
13. Someone Somewhere – Asking Alexandria
14. This Song Saved my Life – Simple Plan
15. You are the Heart – Blood on the Dance Floor
16. The Good Life – Valencia
17. How to Save a Life – The Fray
18. Eyes Open -Taylor Swift
19. Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift
20. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
21. Who You Are – Jessie J
22. This is Love – The Script
23. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder
24. Perfect- P!nk
25. Who Says – Selena Gomez
26. Firework – Katy Perry
27. Hey You – Miranda Cosgrove
28. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
29. Only You Can Be You – Cymphonique Miller
30. Little Things – One Direction
31. Freckles – Natasha Bedingfield
32. Imagine – John Lennon
33. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
34. One – U2
35. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
36. Mean Girls – Rachel Crow
37. Let it Be – The Beatles
38. Times – Tenth Avenue North
39. By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North
40. Stars – David Crowder Band
41. The Sun Will Rise – Kelly Clarkson
42. Stand – Rascal Flatts
43. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) – Josh Groban
44. Hero – Mariah Carey
45. When You Believe – Whitney Houston ft. Mariah Carey
46. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
47. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
48. You Can Come to Me – Ross Lynch and Laura Marano
49. Changed – Rascal Flatts
50. I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
51. Believe – Brooks and Dunn
52. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
53. Need You Now – Plumb
54. Lost – Michael Bublé
55. Marching On – OneRepublic
56. Heroes – David Bowie
57. Brave – Sara Bareilles
58. Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
59. Whip It – Love and Death
60. Hope – We Came As Romans
61. Son of Venice – Upon This Dawning
62. Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
63. I Lived – OneRepublic
64. Strong Enough to Save – Tenth Avenue North
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the list!
Please, feel free to add more songs! We want to know what songs give you hope.
There are so many brilliant people that I want to share with you all, so many people who dedicate their lives to helping others; I’m afraid, however, that I would be typing, and you would be reading, for a long time. For that reason, I will only share a few, and link you to the rest of them.
Once, I was watching an episode of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (don’t judge; Linda Ellerbee is totally awesome!), specifically “What’s for Dinner? Hungry Kids in America.” In the episode, a boy opened up a community food pantry called Joshua’s Heart Foundation. The kicker? The boy was five at the time. Five years old. If a five year old can see the struggles that the people in his community go through, than why is it so hard for adults? Anyway, Joshua has helped thousands of people through his organization. Maybe you could do something like that, too! You can like Joshua’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joshuas-Heart-Foundation/115775955178043.
The Blessings in a Backpack is an extremely helpful organization as well. It’s a bit different, too; whereas a lot of people collect school supplies such as pencils, paper, crayons, markers, etc. to put into backpacks and donate to kids, those who are involved with Blessings in a Backpack put food (snack foods, breakfast foods, and fast dinner foods) into backpacks to donate. That way, a child has a nutritious meal to get him or her through the weekends. It’s hard to concentrate on homework when one is hungry, so I think that is a brilliant plan! So many kids that are able to eat at school because they get free lunches aren’t able to eat at home because there isn’t any at home. They serve 62,000 children. You can read more here: http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/About.aspx.
Another foundation, Peruvian Hearts, was also founded by a child. 11 year-old Ana created the foundation when she returned to her birthplace, Peru, and saw the horrible conditions that children face there. http://www.peruvianhearts.org/ourstory.html
As you can see, it doesn’t take an adult to create an organization. What it takes is a sense of compassion for suffering human-beings or animals, the determination to make a difference, and the endurance that must be had to sit outside time after time to have fundraisers to raise money, support, and supplies for a cause. If you have all three, then I highly encourage you to put it to good use. Help somebody!
Welcome back, or Hello for the first time!
July’s issue is on depression. Through this issue, you will learn what depression is, what causes it, who has it, and how it affects the involved parties. You will read poetry and stories, interviews and advice from the brilliant writers of Courage for Tomorrow. We hope that, through our experiences and written work, you have the hope and encouragement to seek help, either for yourself or another who suffers from depression.
We do plan on making YouTube videos for this month’s issue, so please stay tuned for those, as well. If you would like to write for this issue, or contribute in any way, please use the links that I have posted in the Contact Us post.
Thank you so much for reading Courage for Tomorrow!!
-The Courage for Tomorrow Team
By Rachel Shields
I need to write to get my feelings out.
I need to escape this little box I’m in.
I need to let my heart go free.
I need relief.
I’m tired of the attitude.
I’m tired of the falseness.
I’m tired of pretending to be someone else.
I’m tired of this.
I want this mess to stop.
I want to be treated like I should.
I want you to make it all better.
I want out.
I should be myself.
I should stop crying myself to sleep.
I should be who I am, not who you say I am.
I should be me.
I think you are all to blame.
I think this is the cause of my pain.
I think I’m going numb.
I think I’m dying.
I’m becoming sick just thinking.
I’m becoming blind to your actions.
I’m becoming deaf to your words.
I’m becoming dead here.
I have been pushed around too much.
I have been used as a rebound too often.
I have been carried too far.
I have been ruined too soon.
I don’t want to go any longer.
I don’t want to keep pushing through.
I don’t want to live life your way.
I don’t want to stay this way.
I will stop this path.
I will move off the road.
I will keep on walking.
I will no longer be yours
It hurts to laugh, so don’t try to make me smile. It hurts to smile, so don’t try to make me happy. I can hide the tears, but I can’t keep them from falling. I can fake a smile, but it doesn’t feel right. It could take a lifetime to make me smile, but it takes two seconds to fall apart. Now, I wait in the shadows for a break in this screaming silence
The only thing left of you
To fade into anything real.
You’re broken, bruised, and cracked. A Band-aid can’t help this time. It haunts you, waiting to break you more. The pain won’t go away, It’s a part of you. You’re careful not to show how hurt you really are. But sometimes, your tears betray you, and you have to let them fall.
You’re not alone. No, it’s not okay. Stop saying it’s okay. You’re not okay.
You’re not fooling anyone. I can see what you’re doing. You’re not okay.
You need help. Ask for help. Ask me to help.
I can tell you’re acting. Stop acting. You’re not okay.
Don’t fake it. Stop faking it. Listen to me.
I can help. Ask me to help. Let me help.
I’m not stupid. You can’t fool me. The scars don’t lie.
It’s not right. You have to stop. Please stop.
Why won’t you let me help? Don’t block me out. Let me help.
You’re not alone. I know it feels that way. I was alone, too.
We’re all alone. We’re alone together. We’re not alone.
I need help. Help me. Why won’t you help?
We all need help. You need help. I need help.
We have help. We’re not alone. You’re not alone.