• Works of HeART Project

A Song for Works of HeART

Updated: Feb 28, 2020

It seems to me one should not ask others to do what they aren't willing to do themselves. Right? Unless, of course, they are simply not able. And then it's time to call on the brigade for backup.

Many years ago, back in my church-going days, I was greatly inspired by a certain Salvation Army officer who, fortunately for me, became a dear friend. She was only four foot something... a tiny little thing who, in all other aspects, was the 'tallest' person I had ever met. She never asked any of us to do anything she was not willing to do herself. And, as petite as she was, she was fearless when it came to tackling, head-on, some of the most formidable challenges one could imagine, and in many parts of the world. In spite of the fact that our church was comprised of an extremely diverse group of people from a head-spinning variety of backgrounds, life challenges and experiences, I never heard her speak ill of anyone. Not once. And, in spite of my many quirks and insecurities, she saw my worth and believed in me at a time when I could hardly believe in myself. I would be remiss not to mention her name. Thank you Donna Barthau for inspiring me to be a better, kinder, more compassionate person... not only toward others but, also, towards myself.

In keeping with setting an example, and as our project's founder, I felt it was important to create a few 'Works of HeART' of my own and, hopefully, inspire others to do the same. So shortly after starting WOH, I went to work almost immediately and wrote a poem in which I tried to encapsulate everything I am passionate about. I called it 'We Cannot Go Back' (see video below). In a nutshell, it is simply a reminder of how much has been sacrificed, by so many, to ensure that future generations would not have to experience the same atrocities that happened at Auschwitz, for instance, or the enslavement of Afro-Americans. It warns us how we cannot allow ourselves to believe in the fear-mongering and dangerous, divisive rhetoric we've been hearing a lot of lately, that might cause us to slip back into the dehumanization that eventually brought about such horrific events and somehow duped people into tolerating and, in many cases, believing it was okay to treat people with cruelty and contempt, simply because of their colour, gender, religion, or place of origin. Just like the 'boiling frog' example, when we buy into this mindset, history can so easily repeat itself and, when we finally realize what has happened, it's too late.

On February 25, 2018, we held our first community event - that of forming a 'huge human heart' on a local field in Parksville, BC. We took a stand against bullying by way of peaceful protest. The media caught on and our story landed in the newspaper, radio and our local television station. During the planning stage, I decided to create a short, easy tune for the event that we could all sing together in one accord. Here are the lyrics...

"Be kind to one another, as we are all sisters and brothers.

We hurt when we hurt one another. It's time to make a change."

What I didn't know, at the time, was that, that simple little tune would end up as part of a longer, more complex song. I had decided to set my 'We Cannot Go Back' poem to music and, lo and behold, the tune,'Be kind to one another' fit right in - just like it was meant to be! So listen for it as the song plays (see video below). It comes up a couple of times and once at the end, as the two tunes blend together. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world could mirror that concept; individual styles that, when placed together - complement one another and create something even better? A girl can dream, right?

My hope in writing this song is that it inspires people to be kinder to those they see as 'different' from them in some way; whether it be race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or what have you. The world needs less judgment and more tolerance and understanding... it needs less walls and more inclusion... less mean-spiritedness and more compassion.

Please help me spread this message by sharing this blog post and my song. I feel the world can never hear the message too often. Thank you friends. And remember... life is hard and everyone is going through something, even if they don't show it. So please... BE KIND.

Micki Findlay

Works of HeART Project Founder

Want to see a video or two of our 'Be Part of the HeART' Anti-Bullying event?

Click HERE and HERE to watch on YouTube!

We Cannot Go Back - Lyrics

By Micki Findlay

1. We cannot go back to the way things were / A world filled with bigotry, judgment and fear

So many suffered for what we hold dear / We cannot go back

2. Our world can be harsh; void of mercy and grace / Towards those who differ in religion or race

But we’re all connected in various ways / We cannot go back.


Refrain: We cannot go backwards, we cannot go back… (rpt 3x)


3. Black, brown, yellow; we’re all just the same / The same coloured blood flows through all of our veins

So how can this all be happ'ning again? / We cannot go back.

4. We cannot go back to a time we thought lost; / Legalized slavery and the holocaust

All of our freedoms; they came at a cost / We cannot go back.


Refrain: We cannot go backwards, we cannot go back… (rpt 3x)


Bridge: Be kind to one another as we are all sisters and brothers

We hurt when we hurt one another,

It’s time to make a change (Rpt) Oh oh oh oh


5. Judging those who are different is our tendency / But often we are our own worst enemy

More threat lies within us than externally / We cannot go back.

6. M.L. King was a hero; a human so rare / Who said, “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Instead of revenge, he forgave and chose pray’r / We cannot go back


Chorus: What gives you the right to decide who is ‘in’? / Who told you to judge by the colour of skin?

Who taught you that not being white is a sin? / We cannot go back.

“Do unto others”, yes, no matter who / “As you would have them do unto you.”

UNISON: Wise / words / to live up to / We cannot go back.


Bridge: Be kind to one another as we are all sisters and brothers

We hurt when we hurt one another,

It’s time to make a change (Rpt) Oh oh oh oh


7. Please tell your children there’s a better way / Teach them acceptance and kind words to say

Show by example what you need to convey / We cannot go back.


Refrain: We cannot go backwards, we cannot go back… (rpt 4x)

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