525,600 minutes

The first time I ever heard the song Seasons of Love from the Broadway musical Rent, I was immediately hooked! The first line “525,600 minutes” caught the attention of this numbers geek. As I listened to the entire song for the first time, the messages of community, love, and friendship came flying through. Seasons of Love remains one of the songs that I most likely to sing along with as I’m driving down the road or sitting at my desk. It’s even one of those songs that I may spontaneously begin to sing with no prompting!

On Monday of this week when I opened up Facebook, I saw a posting about the theater students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School singing at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will forever be etched into my soul as the location of yet another mass school shooting in our country.

As I recall that horrific day, I think of those who were killed including teachers who sacrificed their lives to save students. But one story I did not know was that of Melody Herzfeld, the theater teacher who hid 65 students in a closet to avoid the gunman. On Sunday night, she was given the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

To honor Herzfeld, some of her students sang Seasons of Love at the Tony Awards. As I watched the performance on Monday and countless times since, I thought about how the students had been through such terror and were now singing about love. I imagined just a piece of what it might have been like as those students huddled in the closet not knowing what was to come. Their performance was so incredibly powerful!

My favorite definition of power is “the ability to influence others and ourselves”. I am fascinated by power and try to take great care of my own power. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be sharing more about power, what can be done to take care of it, and other related topics. I invite you to join in the conversation.

And one more thing before we go…CLICK HERE to see the Tony Awards performance of Seasons of Love by theater students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Thanks for taking the time to read this post and have a tremendous Thursday! ☺

CROPPED - Jane's watercolor picture

Jane Freund is an author, encourager, speaker, book coach, and pun lover. She has written or co-written 19 books and helped authors from 5 to 85 get their books written and published. Jane’s latest book, her first historical fiction novel, will be out in the fall of 2018. Previously, Jane taught Communication for ten years at Boise State University.

Jane can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and smoke signals. OK, she is kidding about the smoke signals!

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