I believe this song is familiar to at least half of us. I love to listen to it while having a bad day. We, the citizens of the world have had a bad week. Mass murders in Nairobi and in Paris. More people were killed in Nairobi and my heart cries for them and their families. May they all RIP and may their families find comfort and freedom.
In Paris, we also had murders. We had a crazy horrible breach of Charlie Hebdo offices and twelve people were dead. Both events left the world shaken and stunned. This is the bad part, the painful part.
The good part is the love shared by the people around all of the victims. It is the love we, the rest of the people in the world feel for all those effected. The good part is also people drawing together to support each other.
We are, after all, one human species. Where we are different is cosmetic. We do not all look alike, but that makes us more interesting. We worship god/goddess in different ways. But there is only one god/goddess. We walk different paths but they lead to the same place–to Divinity. Some people don’t walk a path to Divinity and that is fine also.
We have the same basic needs as human beings. We need sleep, good health, exercise, food and hydration to live our lives here on this one planet with one body. This is it. This is as good as it gets. Sometimes, it is really awful and sometimes life can be the sweetest most beautiful experience we will ever have.
Do we react by adding to the hatred? Do we allow anger and injustice to destroy our lives? We only get one life here on this one planet. It is sad to waste this life on hating and anger.
Change can only come on the wings on love, acceptance, freedom from fear and injustice. Change comes to us who have open arms and will embrace it. Change comes to those of us that want kindness, gentleness, passion, thoughtfulness in our lives. Change comes when those who are exhibiting free speech, understand some may be put off. I see and hear things that are off-putting to me. I bet most of you have had the same experience. People make fun of everything. To have free speech, you can’t control what is said around you.
The camaraderie from the pain of recent events have brought us together, but we don’t stay together. We came together after 9-11, but even with thousands of lives lost, we didn’t stay together.
So One World, One Life, One love is the award for seeing not the differences between us but seeing how we need each other, how we can work together to make the world a better place. We can fight poverty, illiteracy, crime, illness together. Everyone wins when we work together.
Open your heart and keep it open. Forgive, reach out in love, be a friend, be understanding, show compassion and kindness. Know that change is coming and it starts with each of us.
There is no God, but that which is God.
Give our One World a Chance.
Ditto everything Bob Marley sings. 🙂 ❤ Stay in the light, Barbara.
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‘Open your heart and keep it open’ Words of wisdom from Barbara.
great words Barbara, thank you! Have a joyful day!
Thanks for the reminder – wisely said Barbara! Have a great day 🙂
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We ALL are ONE!!
I well thought out post and a timely one. ❤ ❤ ❤
Barbara, I usually agree with you and applaud your point of view. Today, I can’t fully agree with you. There is too much negativism in the world – too much murder, terror and no respect of lives, for many of us peace-loving people to have open hearts at this time.
What a beautiful and heart warming post! Thank Barbara, and thanks to Lucid Gypsy too, for sending me here. 🙂
Thanks to Lucid Gypsy indeed. I am glad you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you better over time. Hugs, Barbara
Peace and goodwill fly on the wings of love and here is wishing that love encompasses all without exception. greetings of the season and warm hugs to barbara…stay healthy and blessed as the world needs more people like you…Raj.
Thank you for the heartwarming message of love and hope. And I am grateful to Gilly too.