Not long ago I read an article pushing the idea that the music of The Beatles was a significant force in influencing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR.
The point was that the freedom expressed by the music showed young Soviets that there might be something better in a different way of life.
The irony of today is that it’s the anniversaries of the murder of John Lennon (‘80) and the day the USSR was dissolved (‘91).
When I read the article I thought it was a cool thought, whether true or not. But, when I saw the two anniversaries of today I thought, “We never know the effect we have on others.”
And then I thought about an email a friend sent last week. I know some of it is hokey, but here’s part of the email:
1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
5. You mean the world to someone.
6. If not for you, someone may not be living.
7. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
8. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
***The key is that we often do not know the effect we have on others…on life…in the short or long term.
Seems to me that the best idea is to do the best you can, with what you have, where you are, and in spite of what seems to be a negative world in many ways, believe that good things will happen.
By the way, today is also Jim Morrison’s birthday (’43, The Doors).