Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I Brooke, want to thank you for your enthusiasm and complimentary words about our new space.
I have had the topic of diversity on my mind for some time and when I felt guided to watch the 2017 MTV Music Awards, I almost heard the sound of my feet dragging. After all, what could I possibly have in common with a group of “young hip artists”, three words that I would never use to describe myself. I couldn’t possibly fit in with this crowd.
All of those thoughts went out of the window when I heard Alessia Cara perform her hit song “Scars to Your Beautiful”. Some of the lyrics to this song are: “You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart. She don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find. She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it. We’re stars and we are beautiful”. As I felt the tears on my cheeks, I recognized this is a part of our mission at Serenity Now. For everyone that comes in to feel their inherent worth and know there is a light within.
I was still reeling from the deep effect I felt from these lyrics when Kesha introduced the next song. She said, “It has been said that if you knew who walked beside you, you could never experience fear or doubt again. Every so often, a rare and important song and video come along that lets us know how true that is. The moving piece of film and music that is the video for 1-800-273-8255 brought me to tears. The truth is piercing and the truth is what matters, and the truth is that none of us are alone. It takes great courage to show the vulnerable side of being human, and we all have the vulnerable side. Whatever you are going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength that you are not alone. We all have struggle, and as long as you never give up on yourself, Light will break through the darkness. The National Suicide Prevention Life Line is available to you 24/7. If you are in crisis or concerned about someone who might be, dial 1800-273-8255. Now to walk alongside all of us; we are joined by suicide attempt survivors. I present to you Logic, (I swear that’s his stage name, although his mother named him Sir Robert Bryson Hall II), Alessia Cara and Kahlid.”
At this point the stage was filled with people of every color of the rainbow; male, female, young, old, every size imaginable. Besides being survivors, they had t-shirts that had the phone number on the front and on the back they had the words: “you are not alone” printed. After the performance Logic said: “I believe that we are all born equal but we are not treated equally. My message is of peace, love and positivity and equality for all.”
Earlier on this night, I thought I was going to be a stranger in a strange land, and instead it felt like homecoming. I think this is how we will overcome the conflict and fragmentation so many of us are feeling. By knowing we are all so much more alike than we are different, and let’s celebrate the differences.
I even found Kesha’s quote directly in A Course in Miracles, chapter 18, page 378, paragraph III: “If you knew who walks beside you … fear would be impossible.”