What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

 

As I watched the new year ring in on TV, I heard this familiar tune.  You probably immediately think of Louis Armstrong like I do.  That man had such a soul; he poured himself into whatever song he sang.  I’ve watched movies  where he sings in them, and I must admit just watching his expression as he does what he loves always puts me into a better mood.

This song is such an interesting one to play at the beginning of a new year, but I think it’s very fitting.  What better way to start a year than to listen to a song about how wonderful the world is?  Sometimes, we dread the new year.  We’re scared of another year filled with disappointment and lonesomeness.  We would rather just stay with what we know instead of taking that big step towards something new.  A new semester of school.  A new job.  A new home.  A new family.  But, how long exactly do we want to stay with the status quo?  Do you want to stay at your parents’ house for the rest of your life?  Do you want to stay at a job that you hate, because you know what to expect? No, of course not.  We want to go out and travel the world, but somehow without changing our lives the way that they are now.

We have to take that leap. We have to try something new.  We have to go back to school or start that new job because you and I both know that we want something more out of life, and the only way to get it is if we take that step. This world is wonderful.  Sure, it’s definitely not perfect.  But there are so many opportunities out there for us.  We just have to stop being so lazy and waiting for the opportunities to jump out and grab us at the comfort of our own homes. Because guess what?  You have a better chance of seeing that wonderful world by actually getting out and enjoying it!

So, friends, enjoy this new year.  Reach out for new opportunities and take those chances, no matter how crazy they are.  I pray that you find absolute happiness this year, and a joy beyond all compare as you find just how wonderful the world can be.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day and the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people goin’ by
I see friends shakin’ hands
Sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’
“I love you”
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

 

a.p.

 

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