Sunday, August 14, 2011

On Friendship

I’ve been thinking about writing about friendship for awhile now, but I’m finally ready now.  I’ve just had the privilege of spending a week with 30 or so friends in West Virginia and Washington DC.  Some of them work in DC, but most of us came from out west to participate in the final week of a BLMleadership program.  As you can imagine, every one of us is driven to be the best we can be.  I have never met a more dedicated, passionate group of people all in one place before. You’re awe inspiring to me, each and every one of you.

Not only did you share your food and drink with me, you shared your wisdom, your knowledge and your love.  We’ve laughed together, shared joyful moments and sorrowful moments. We’ve worked hard, but we’ve partied harder. ;)

I truly believe we learn from every person we meet.  I know that phrase has become a cliché, but for me, it’s a habit I try to live by.  What I’ve learned this week is we’re all human and we need each other.  Our power is not in standing alone, but in standing together.  You will forever be a part of me, my friends.  I love you guys. *sniff*

Thanks to our flash mobbers, our theme song has become “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory.  I also tried to make a list of our leadership songs, but if you don’t see yours, it’s because I didn’t know the title/artist, so send it to me.  I added what I could remember of our party play list too, but you need to help me out Jon and Lindsey!  What am I missing you guys???


Gonna Make You
Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory

I won’t back down
by Tom Petty

Man in the Mirror
by Michael Jackson

William Tell Overture
by Gioachino Rossini

Going the
Distance by Cake

Hard Times by
Gillian Welch

Belly of the
Whale from the Veggie Tales Album

Kick A little by
Little Texas

Believe it or Not
the Greatest American Hero theme song

Carnival Ride by
Carrie Underwood

The Outsiders by
a Perfect Circle (Is that the right artist Carly?)

Where’s your head
at? By Basement Jaxx

Rockstar By Nickelback

The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly theme song

Send me on my Way
by Rusted Root

(Jason Taylor, I
need your songs!)

Fight the Good
Fight by Triumph, Allied Forces album

Lend me your eyes
song (Geoff help!)

I’m the Boss by
The Lonely Island

The Hazey Janes
(Aaron help!)

Burning the
Midnight Lamp by Jimi Hendrix

Centerfield by

The Harder they
Come by Jimmy Cliff

It’s a long way
to the top if you want to Rock and Roll by AC/DC

Get this Party
Started by P!nk

Eye of the Tiger by

Moving on by Stevie
Wonder (Is that right Jon? did you have others?)

Tonight’s Gonna
be a Good night by the Black Eyed Peas

Tik Tok by Ke$ha

Take On Me by A-ha