Our emotions are quite raw from the sheer overwhelm of current events — each week something more piling on to the heartbreak. Las Vegas, Tom Petty, Puerto Rico, Florida, Houston, just to name a few and not to dismiss all the other challenges we each care about and work so hard to address.

It takes courage to keep your heart and mind open in the face of relentless bad news. It takes courage to care about current events and not become cynical, overwhelmed, or tune out completely because it’s too much to bear.

How do you fortify yourself in the midst of all this? 

Music is a paradoxical theme this week, both part of the Las Vegas tragedy and something folks turn to at times like this.

As tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the coming together of many voices, we share this video, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” performed by Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions.

We also invite you to share links to your favorite “soul fortifying” songs at our Facebook page or in the comments field below. Let’s make a shared soundtrack together.

Warmest regards,


Shelly Francis
Marketing & Communications Director
and author of our next book, The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity
coming in February 2018!

P.S. Courage & Renewal programs are a place to learn practices that connect you to your inner wisdom and to other people, fortifying your heart for real life and leadership.

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