Hymn for life - Why we should never forsake our hearts calling for life

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to assist an excellent coral performance in the "Palau de la música de Valencia" (Spain) from the choir "Cor de Cambra de L´Eliana"  The last piece of performance moved me so deeply, that I decided to dedicate my first blog entry to honor that experience.

The choir performed a well-known poem from the Uruguayan writer, novelist and poet Mario Benedetti (14 September 1920 – 17 May 2009) called "No te rindas", - "Don´t give up".

While sitting there listening to the words of the poem, my eyes ran over the concert hall capturing the faces of the audience; I was eager to know in which way the powerful words of the poem would move them: I saw wide open eyes and mouths, hold breaths and tears running down flushed cheeks.

Observing the scenery, I wondered why the audience were moved in such a powerful way by the words of this poem?

I believe it is because they are a REFLECTION OF OUR DEEPEST EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES OF LIFE: the words pick you up from of the deepest valley of human desperation to the summit of life´s most exhilarating experiences: you´re reminded of life being a continuous journey of reaching up, starting new, accepting, freeing yourself, flying, continuing, dreaming, daring, hoping, loving, opening up, not giving up, accepting challenges, celebrating victories....

As we listen to these words, something in us recognizes them as the DEEPEST TRUTH OF OUR SOUL.

Deep inside of us we all know that this is why we´re here for: to experience life to the fullest in its beauty, embracing ALL experiences - difficult and light ones - as part of our path of becoming the person we want to be; embracing all of life as a constant flow, neither holding on to our valley-experiences nor to our summit´s one.

Instead always remembering the deepest desire of our soul, by not compromising or accepting a life experience less than what our own heart remembers to be OUR true meaning of life. Everybody of us has a different life calling, but in this we´re all the same: We desire a life filled with beauty, joy and fulfilment; we desire that our existence can make a difference to the people that surround us. Let´s honour this desire that keeps us all connected, by never loosing track of the fact that

“There is still fire in our soul

There is still life in our dreams”

 So let´s

“celebrate life and take back the skies!”.


writeen and posted by: Rafaela Micaela Schmitt

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 Mario Benedetti

Mario Benedetti

As you read the poem, imagine reading it as a love letter written by your own soul for you:


Mario Benedetti “No te rindas” – “Don´t give up”

Don’t give up, that’s what life is
Continue the journey,
Follow your dreams,
Unstuck time,
Move the rubble,
And uncover the sky.

Don’t give up, please don’t give way,
Even if the cold burns,
Even if fear bites,
Even if the sun sets,
And the wind goes silent,
There is still fire in your soul
There is still life in your dreams.

Because life is yours and yours is the desire
Because you have loved it and because I love you
Because wine exists and love is true.
Because there are no wounds that time doesn’t cure.

To open the doors,
Take away the locks,
Abandon the walls that have protected you,

To live life and accept the challenge
Get back laughter,
Practice a song,
Lower the guard and extend the hands
Open the wings
And try again,
Celebrate life and take back the skies.

Don’t give up, please don’t give way,
Even if the cold burns,
Even if fear bites,
Even if the sun sets,
And the wind goes silent,
There is still fire in your soul
There is still life in your dreams.

Because every day is a new beginning,
Because this is the hour and the best moment.
Because you are not alone, because I love you.


Spanish original version:

No te rindas, aún estás a tiempo
De alcanzar y comenzar de nuevo,
Aceptar tus sombras,
Enterrar tus miedos,
Liberar el lastre,
Retomar el vuelo.

No te rindas que la vida es eso,
Continuar el viaje,
Perseguir tus sueños,
Destrabar el tiempo,
Correr los escombros,
Y destapar el cielo.

No te rindas, por favor no cedas,
Aunque el frío queme,
Aunque el miedo muerda,
Aunque el sol se esconda,
Y se calle el viento,
Aún hay fuego en tu alma
Aún hay vida en tus sueños.

Porque la vida es tuya y tuyo también el deseo
Porque lo has querido y porque te quiero
Porque existe el vino y el amor, es cierto.
Porque no hay heridas que no cure el tiempo.

Abrir las puertas,
Quitar los cerrojos,
Abandonar las murallas que te protegieron,
Vivir la vida y aceptar el reto,
Recuperar la risa,
Ensayar un canto,
Bajar la guardia y extender las manos
Desplegar las alas
E intentar de nuevo,
Celebrar la vida y retomar los cielos.

No te rindas, por favor no cedas,
Aunque el frío queme,
Aunque el miedo muerda,
Aunque el sol se ponga y se calle el viento,
Aún hay fuego en tu alma,
Aún hay vida en tus sueños
Porque cada día es un comienzo nuevo,
Porque esta es la hora y el mejor momento.
Porque no estás solo, porque yo te quiero.