Rise up this morning, smile with the rising sun
Three little birds, sit by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and true
This is my message to you
Don’t worry, about a thing, because every little thing, is gonna be alright.
Three Little Birds by Robert Nesta Marley
Bob Marley wrote dozens of great songs but none are better than Three Little Birds. I have a special affinity for Marley because we share the same birthdate, February 6th. Bob Marley had an amazing ability to transcend cultural differences. He brought people together by singing joyful songs of hope, love and brotherhood for all mankind. His music is as popular today as when he died almost 30 years ago. That’s a tribute to his message that everyone matters and that happiness is meant to be shared.
I don’t believe anyone can be truly happy unless they are surrounded by others who share that joy. That’s why families who love each other and friends who stay connected are so important. Only when we feel that life has value and importance will we ever be able to stop focusing on the negatives and instead count our blessings. We may never be able to eliminate all the hardships in life but we can help each other deal with trying times. Bob Marley was only 36 when he died of brain cancer but he made the most of the time he had by continuing to write songs and perform. The music he left behind has given millions of people great joy. He shared his gifts with the whole world and that should be what we all strive for in our own individual ways, to just make a difference.
Bob Marley envisioned a world united in spite of color or culture or politics. He sang about Jamaica as if it was the greatest place on earth when in reality it is impoverished. I’m sure in his mind it was the greatest place on earth because he focused on all the good things about it. That’s not an easy thing to do when you’re surrounded by poverty and deprivation. That tells us how strong the human spirit really can be and gives us all hope that we can overcome even the most difficult circumstances. What keeps us going is compassion for others and a willingness to help no matter what.
Today is Valentine’s Day, which has long been recognized as the day to tell people how much we love them. What if we did that every day? What if we smiled at people we see on the street? What if we said thank you and really meant it? What if we hugged our kids for no reason? What if we took the time to listen to someone who is hurting? What if we reassured those people that “every little thing is gonna be alright.”
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