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I Won’t Give Up

SANCTUARY: lennon and maisy

I really love the music these two sisters, Lennon and Maisy Stella, make together.  Harmony is truly present, in more ways than one. 

As I listened to this song, a rendition of Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up, I realized that it contains some inspiring lines. 

The title itself says a lot, and to my mind encompasses the spirit of the CRAFT method.

I have ultimate admiration for families learning and practicing the CRAFT method with their addicted Loved Ones. It is such a labor of love to be able to look at our Loved Ones, often wrapped up in layers of destructive and self-destructive behaviors, and to continue to let the love flow. To practice putting aside the slights, the fights, the dishonest behaviors…and to still be able to see our Loved One for just that: a human being that we love, who is afflicted with a serious disease, that they would never, ever, have chosen for themselves.

I hope you enjoy the song. The lyrics are printed just below the video. I underlined a few lines that I thought were perfect for CRAFT families.


I Won't Give Up: by Jason Mraz

When I look into your eyes 
It's like watching the night sky 
Or a beautiful sunrise 
There's so much they hold 

And just like them old stars 
I see did you've come so far 
To be right where you are 
How old is your soul? 

Well, I will not give up on us 
Even if the skies get rough 
I'm giving you all my love 
I'm still looking up 

And when you're needing your space 
To do some navigating 
I'll be here patiently waiting 
To see what you find

'Cause even the stars, They burn 
Some even fall to the Earth 
We've got a lot to learn 
God knows we're worth it 
No, I will not give up 

I do not want to be someone who walks away so easily 
I'm here to stay and make the difference did I can make 
Our differences, they do a lot to teach us how to use 
The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake 

And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did intend 
For us to work we did not break, we did not burn 
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in 
I had to learn what I've got and what I'm not and who I am 

I do not give up on us 
Even if the skies get rough 
I 'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up 
Still looking up 

I will not give up on us (no I'm not giving up) 
God knows I'm tough enough (I am tough, I am loved) 
We've got a lot to learn (we're alive, we are loved) 
God knows we're worth it (and we're worth it) 

I will not give up on us 
Even if the skies get rough 
I'm giving you all my love 
I'm silently looking up




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