What a wonderful song, brings back wonderful memories, along with other kinds of feelings throughout the history of this song, (can your guess (1) who wrote it, (2) what year; (3) and who made it popular?).  Music can bring a lot of feelings to each individual; we are all different, some look at a glass of beautiful wine, and say it’s “half-empty”, or some say “half-full”.

ISSIS, Syria, Iraq, South Africa, Putin and Russia, our own lying members of Washington (I know, I know, I shouldn’t say that!); this paragraph could go on, and on, but why go there???  I probably would call that….half-empty???

My brother visiting me a few weeks ago, a third party friend of both my brother and myself came to visit us both; a boat cruise in Marina Del Rey; parents visiting; visits from my cousins; old high school friends just checkin’ in, and are now coming to visit; my dog chasing the water running down the curb to cut it off; me now going for a visit to one of my  high school (and college buddies) in 2 weeks; remembering my home town by a website called “You Know You’re From Peoria When….”; my people from Church, My belief in God, wonderful people whom I call my friends, (peeps!); speaking to people who are in the same position that I was in when I had to have tumors taken off of my brain, and telling them of my recovery, and they (the patients) can do it too!; speaking to a group of people of how I interact with patients in a program at UCLA called N.O.D.A., (No One Dies Alone),  how I still interact and have a cup of coffee with one of the greatest people in my life, who financially enabled my to stay at UCLA when my future had so many question marks; having dinners at fundraisers with a person who has put me back on earth, in more ways than just operating on my Brain tumors,(sorry Dr. Issac Yang, (an Associate surgeon at UCLA) I couldn’t keep my hands off of the keys of my computer, they just had to write your name!), and WE still have coffee at the hospital; trying to help my niece who has been chosen to join a soccer team called Olympic Development Program, a junior team for training for the Olympic team; having so many other peeps out there that have so many other things that they have done for me; reaching out to relatives, or other people that I have recently met that need a little purity in their lives right now; nurses that have helped me, over and over, (I call them my “idols”!); Dr.’s who treat me like a person, not a patient; friends from long ago that I’ve rediscovered recently; a beautiful morning this morning; a beautiful sunset last night; having dinner with a client last week that had so much laughter; finally figuring it out that having a “gut instinct” is a true from of knowledge, so follow it!; my parents are still on this earth, and at the age of early 80’s, they STILL drive 300 miles to come and visit me for a week and just talk,(most of the time!); cousins who tell me stories of our early childhood, as we laugh along the way; EARLY walks with my dog in the morning,(sometimes 4:30 due to work!), but enjoying the quiet silence, and waking me up FOR work!; FINALLY figuring out how to deal with something that I want to express; after having my own fitness business for 29 years and training myself for 40 some years (ouch!), and recently having discovered a different way of training for myself that I enjoy much more than I did 40 years ago; having 3 different dogs throughout their complete lives , all of them having different personalities, and I love them all the same; traveling to so many different cities with clients of mine; having lunch with one of my first clients (who is 92) from 29 years ago;…….these are the things that make me fill like the world is “half-full”.  It seems that this paragraph seems to be a little longer than the first on.  Yes, there is a lot of violence in the world, in our country, in our cities, in ourselves, but overriding all of that is the good in people, in ourselves.  It all depends on how we look at things.  I’m actually going to answer one of the questions from above; question #2, what year?  It was 1967; try to think of that period!  Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, The Revelation of self, Washington, the peace movement…this, also could go on.  But with all of that in our society, what record comes out? What Wonderful World.

What a Wonderful World Lyrics
(Words and Music by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele)

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, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ “How do you do?”
They’re really saying “I love you”

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Oh yeah

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A statement of Hope, of Faith in ourselves, morality of God, good God given thoughts that want to even the playing field.  Think about that, a lot of turbulence, but things did get better.  That can happen now, at this moment.  Why can’t it?  We have beliefs in what’s above us; I have a strong belief in God.I LOVE this song; and I want to believe that this can happen again, it did before, why not again?

Read the song, sing it if you dare!  Believe, though.  Believe in you. Believe in the fact that you ,yes YOU, can have an impact on our society.

Sing along, and have a wonderful, simple, happy day…..


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