“And I think to myself, it’s a wonderful world.” This ballad
written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss was recorded by Louis Armstrong
and released in 1967. It has been one of my favorite tunes, hands down. Songs
of hope; songs celebrating life; songs that bring us back to days of our youth
(misspent or otherwise) are such a joy and a blessing.
“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December” –
author unknown. That is what music is to me and such a blessing too. And it really is such a wonderful world.
Yes, there are despotic rulers, egomaniacs and narcissistic,
power-hungry leaders who don’t seem to know the meaning behind the ideas of
good governance. Yes, there are horrible things being done to human beings
around the globe. Yes, there are terrible diseases and natural (and not so
natural) disasters. I do not deny the horrors in the world.
However, I choose to focus on the positive. The wonderful
stories of people stepping up to help others; to help animals; to help the
environment. “As within, so without,” as the saying goes.
Wherever you live on this bright blue marble and whatever
you are doing, I hope you see the good in people and in this beautiful world of
ours, and think to yourself, it’s a wonderful world.