Thursday, 28 August 2008

LOUIS ARMSTRONG: "What A Wonderful World"

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" I like that sentence, ever since I heard it for the first time in a commercial for a Middle Eastern airline company. Strange, how a few words can appeal to somebody, how they can make you frown your eyebrows at first, before a smile of recognition appears on your face. Recognition, as you realize that much truth and wisdom is captured inside them. Recognition, as you realize that sometimes joy in life has been hidden beneath the surface all along, like huge oil reserves, patiently waiting to be pumped up from their hiding place.

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Words that tease you, challenge you, make you halt for a while. As we grow up from childhood, we may loose our innocence and naive belief in the world. However, we should try not to loose our curiosity in life. Just like a child repeatedly asks the question "why?" all too many times, perhaps we should, more often, ask ourselves the question "why not?".

So when was the last time YOU did something for the first time?

And when was the last time somebody said something to you that truly touched you? Words that moved you, that made you look at things differently than you ever did before. Words that lingered in your mind, like the morning haze over the meadow. Words that nourished you, like a drop of water on a forgotten plant. Words that ignited the fire in you, made you dream of more. Words that painted a smile on your face, for all of a sudden they made your complicated life seem so simple. Words of that special person, that would never have meant the same if they were not pronounced by that very same human being.

When was the last time somebody did something for you that truly touched you? A gesture catching you by surprise, a ray of sunlight peeping behind scary dark clouds. An insignificant breeze for humanity, but a whirling hurricane for you. When somebody shows you he/she would do anything for you, just because it's you. When somebody gives, without expecting to get in return. When the desire to see you blossom inspires the other to move mountains.

There are few words in life that we carry along until the end; there are few gestures of others that we will remember for ever. But don't we all search for those moments every single day?

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