What a wonderful world

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I was fortunate enough to travel to Singapore this month to enjoy a short holiday and to catch up with some close friends I hadn’t seen for some time. We had a wonderful time with our friends. We fell into old ways so quickly, it was as though we’d never been apart.

But the visit also made me aware of something very important: that I was losing track of the simplicity and the beauty of life and the world we live in.

This realization came to me one evening when we were sitting down to watch a light show. In the middle of it, surrounded by both locals and tourists, I started to feel something I don’t think I’ve felt for some time: that I was part of a community – actually involved.

Marina Bay Sands Wonder Full. Photo Courtesy of http://www.marinabaysands.com

As the show progressed, amazing the crowd with water sprays that doubled up as a screen for the projection of a ‘light-imaging’ show, combined with music that invoked a sense of excitement and wonder, (though I thought it was ironic that the show had water conservation as one of it’s central themes), they began to play one of my all time favourite songs: Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”.

I hadn’t heard it for years. My heart sank as I listened to the words. I had a strong realization that everything I was doing in my life was wrong. I came to the conclusion that I (no, that WE, here on earth) had been ignoring a very important aspect of my life: that of being part of a community.

I had also forgotten to live for the here and now, for the present. I had forgotten to acknowledge the simple things: the fact that the sun comes up on a brand new day, that being alive is beautiful, that there is so much wonder surrounding us daily. I say, enjoy the simple things in life – every day, every hour, every minute. Enjoy them. Appreciate them.

Try this exercise: consciously take a moment every day to appreciate one thing in your life. It could be anything, but try to look beyond your immediate surroundings and look at the world outside. Maybe stop and look at the stars, or walk barefoot on the grass. Break the habit of going to and fro. Introduce some childhood adventure and excitement back into your life.

The words that moved me:

Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – 1968

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 colors of the rainbow/ so pretty, in the sky
Are also on the faces/ of people going by
I see friends shaking hands/ saying how do you do
They’re really saying/ I love you.

I hear babies cry/ I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more/ than I’ll never know
And I think to myself/ what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself/ what a wonderful world.

Google it. Turn it up loud and listen. It might just move you too J


At the end of the day, it’s the result of your actions, your impact on the world, that define the person you are. Your actions cause a shift in the air. Remember: respect yourself, other drivers on the road and other commuters – no matter how big or small. At the end of the day, we all want to get to our destination.

Smile. Enjoy the ride. Who knows whom you’ll meet?

By Mr. Corb

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