If We Want to Feel Better

If we want to feel better...

Watch Aretha Franklin sing, "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman" with so much force she brings Carole King, the First Lady, the 46th President of the United States to their feet. 

Listen to Irish poet John O'Donohue explain to Krista Tippett the importance of beauty for the human soul, and explain it in words so simple, so clear that they fall right into your soul and feed it what it's been hungering. 

Dig up the clip of Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, blow the predicted favorites out of the water to win the first ever US Olympic gold for the 10,000 meters in 1964, a medal that hasn't been won by the US since. 

Fast forward to the scene in Field of Dreams where the players walk out of the corn fields as James Horners' score threatens to break your tear ducts. 

Find the music video for OK Go's, "Here It Goes Again," and watch a jaw-dropping, grin-inducing, want-to-share-it-with-all-your-friends dance sequence performed on eight moving treadmills. 

Read activist, author, and academic Angela Davis's words, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I cannot accept." 

And know what the human spirit can do. Know that we descend from a mighty lineage of art makers, earth shakers, status quo changers, giants. 

Know that that is not beyond us or outside us, but within us. 

And with that knowledge, let us get up and do the things - be they little or large - that others will point to and say, That - that human act - makes me feel better. 

PS. Here are a few links for you: Aretha Franklin, John O'DonohueBilly Mills, Field of Dreams (not the exact clip, but this one's pretty great, too) OK Go, and a bit about Angela Davis

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