Words of Wisdom

Three Little Birds

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”) Bob Marley

I remember several years ago my daughters chastised me for not knowing who “Bob” was. I had heard of Bob Marley certainly, although not as affectionately perhaps to call him Bob, but I got the message. So, I started to check out this rebel, this reprobate, this man-so-different-from-me. I’m glad I did. Thanks kids.

I found a man who, through lyrics, could make the simplest, yet the deepest, meanings of life, come to life. I like men of words. I am fascinated by their ability to take the obvious things in life and produce flowing, glowing works of art. Names like Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, jump to mind.

Yet here was Marley writing a song about 3 little birds that came to his door at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica. How could this apparent tough guy revolutionary write a song about something so innocent and pure as three canaries landing on his doorstep…?

Yet he did.

I’ve always liked the song. It always makes me stop and think whether the dilemmas of life are really as big as we sometimes believe them to be.

“Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

As we get older, it oft times seems that life’s issues can be magnified, because we feel more vulnerable than when younger. In some cases they are more serious, but if we allow the bump in the road to get us down, then eventually all the bumps can join together and become one large mass of anxiety which controls our entire demeanour.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The older we get, the wiser we get – so says common belief. If that’s right, then by counting to ten, and letting the subconscious mind take charge, the benefits of age and experience can come to the surface. “I’ve been in this predicament before. I know how bad this might seem to be, and it may not be as bad as first thought, but more importantly, I can see how to get through it – because I’ve done it before.”

How many times have you experienced a trauma, or at least a trauma at first blush, only to find that a week later you can’t even remember what the issue even was, far less how it was resolved ?  If it was that bad at the time, then a week later it would still be impacting you. So if we could only trigger hindsight at the front end, perhaps we’d see those dilemmas completely differently.

And maybe then we could all say “Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Thanks Bob (he’s my mate now !!)

Bye, Bill

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