A different way of trying

However, one of the great things about building a movement that tells people we are committed to loving first is that every time I step onstage, I blackmail myself. I publicly declare myself to be someone I’m not, in hopes of forcing the true me (the cowardly recluse) to act in a way that is consistent with the image I keep painting of the man I aspire to be.

– Jeremy Courtney, Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time

Some people might call this hypocrisy but there is truth and courage in what Jeremy Courtney says. By putting himself out there, he is giving himself no choice but to follow through on what he has declared. Does it matter if, in our heart of hearts, we are not yet quite where we want to be, as long as we are willing to keep on trying at any cost? Or to put it another way, maybe sometimes we just need to fake it ’til we make it.

Revisiting ‘I Was Me’, Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons released ‘I Was Me’ in 2015 for the One4 project, with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency. Lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, also wrote an op-ed for Medium about his experience visiting a refugee camp in Germany. This song came out of that trip. I bought the single when it came out, but hadn’t listened to it in a couple of years. Today it came up randomly on my playlist while I was out on a walk, and I promise you the song just broke my heart.

See also: Welcome to the New World, in the New York Times.