Journey… the archetypal rock bank of the 1980s. I recently downloaded some Journey tunes to my iPod and climbed aboard an elliptical for some sweat equity. Listening to Steve Perry belt out, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, with his madcap catchy lyrics about small town girls, city boys, midnight trains, streetlights, and people who lived just to find emotion, I was reminded of what it takes to keep our heads up, our eyes forward, and our feet moving in the face of great disappointment.
When your heart is broken… Don’t Stop Believin’
When you get the wind knocked out of you… Don’t Stop Believin’
When you are in a situation that seems hopeless… Don’t Stop Believin’
When your world is falling apart and you find yourself lost and alone… Don’t Stop Believin’
When Governor Sarah Palin, the most qualified conservative public servant to come along in three decades, decides not to run for president in 2012… Don’t Stop Believin’
Remember when we were kids and we sang that song about God having the whole world in His hands? When we grew up, instead of leaving “our world” in His hands, we thought that now we could handle anything life threw at us on our own, thank you very much. But in our own strength, we can’t do anything. Neither can Gov. Palin. She has prayerfully placed “her world” squarely in her Creator’s hands letting Him guide her compass.
Gov. Palin wants us to keep moving forward with her and “don’t stop believin’” that America’s best days are ahead. We are an exceptional nation. Everything will be all right. Just you wait and see!
Our country is in a dark time. We’ve been in darker. We need to see the bigger picture.
In the beginning, independence from the most powerful Western nation (Britain) on earth was a long shot at best. But those patriots didn’t give up. Even in the bloody snows of Valley Forge they found strength to keep fighting. And they won.
What darker time could be imagined than the Civil War when brother fought against brother and the very fabric of the republic was being ripped apart? Then the great leader who had struggled to keep the nation together was murdered. But we’re still here.
The Great Depression, two world wars, we could go on. But America has an indefinable quality that is found nowhere else. We will make it. Those common folks that have cheered Sarah Palin on are still around and they still have the same fighting spirit that is in her and attracted them to her potential candidacy in the first place.
Don’t stop believing. Believe in that ideal called “America.” Believe in something bigger than yourself.
It’s for sure that Sarah Palin does.
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