“Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.”
John Lennon, Imagine
Can you imagine just how much easier the world would be without all of these differences and religions and countries. Granted it might be a slightly more boring place, but the idea of these words carry through – we’d all be on the same platform. For some reason this song makes me sad (little secret, I’ve cried at this before, shh). I think its because the idea is so simple, but so profound.
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Be successful anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The ‘good’ you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do ‘good’ anyway.
Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see in the final analysis, it’s between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
I can’t believe I’ve been alive and on this planet for two whole decades. In my mind I’m still just a little child, not the grown up the rest of the world perceives me to be. This quote is one that my Dad (being the soppy person he is) put inside in birthday card on my 18th birthday. I think that whether you believe in God or not the rest of what it written stands true. It is difficult to be this way and to be able to be so level in spite of what others may think or do, but it’s probably a good outlook to have on life. Here’s to my next 20 years (as long as no one mentions the big four-oh).
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.”
J Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages
So I’m back from our fabulous holiday; it was the perfect escape from work and stress and real life but that is exactly what everyone returns to eventually: reality. Tobago is truly a little paradise. It is beautiful, the people are great and it generally has a really relaxed atmosphere. Time to get on with reality though – that is where life happens I suppose!
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity
Nine whole months: three quarters of a year, up.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is Diwali and I thought that this is a fitting quote for what the occasion stands for: light, hope, love, triumph.