It’s been difficult, these past few weeks, to find a song to follow up on the (relative) success of the last song selection. Many moods and occurrences both personally and worldwide play a deciding factor on which way I decide to go musically. I have to admit that two other songs were front runners up until this Sunday morning. So yes, this month’s song has been selected only in these past few hours. The deciding factors were threefold.
1) The sun has been shining in the UK of late and we all know that usually makes us smile more and think happy thoughts. The sun can add to your optimism and help to dismiss your apathy and pessimism to a degree;
2) I had a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses this morning just as I was brewing the first cuppa and contemplating going to the park with the youngest (pre-shower!) Now I am first to admit that these well meaning folk do have a habit of turning up at the most inopportune moments (bit like the man who wants to read your meter just as you are going out) but I have been taught to be polite and listen. Besides I’m always up for a touch of theological doorstep discussion. So notwithstanding the fact that my tea was stewing back in the kitchen we launched into a discussion about poverty. Not wanting to document the whole conversation, all 3 of us, myself and the two lady witnesses, decided that there is long way to go to remove poverty from those less fortunate in the UK and worldwide and that it is a word to be used relative to where you are located on the earth. Those who consider themselves to be living in poverty in the UK may be perceived to be living “high on the hog” by those in Ethiopia or far flung corners of Europe.
One thing is clear though; most if not all of those people aspire to move from despair to more hopeful and fulfilled way of life. They have hope that they can and will achieve, and that every subsequent day things can and will get better. If by chance the next day is as crappy as the one that preceded then hope that the next day will be an improvement. There of course is scripture to back this but this is not about quoting from the bible today (important though it is to many);
3) The third reason is more of a personal family thing. Suffice to say that you can’t tell what the next day will bring but I personally always hope, think and pray that the next day and every subsequent day will be better for friends, family and all that are close. Oh and for myself too.
The point I am making is that we all live in hope and with aspirations for a better tomorrow. With a little luck, faith and hard work we can all achieve this. Just in different degrees. Just remember you can have a good couple of hours, a good day or night, either way you’ve got some of what you crave. If you’re lucky enough to achieve more then you are well on the the way to a sunny un-impoverished future and its going to be alright…….for all of us.
Darwin Hobbs brings you hope, inspiration and that warm feeling with uplifting lyrics (which means listening!) and a sampling of the Gap Bands “Outstanding” on his track “Everyday“
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