This week it was 30 years since John Lennon died. When I think of John Lennon, I always come back to the song Imagine. This song was actually my grade 12 graduation song. When it was chosen I remembered being puzzled. What does this song have to do with new beginnings, starting our lives? Huh?
Well now I get it. It is a song about hope, love and human kind. It asks us to reframe our thinking, so that maybe we can see our world as one. It basically tells us to take down all the barriers that set us apart, and then take another look.
We are so set in our ways and caught up in our lives that we forget to pause every so often and take this look. We know in the back of our minds that there are bad things in the world. There are wars, desperate poverty, hungry children… There is the threat of climate change, which will harm these vulnerable people more than it will harm us in the western world. But these thoughts stay back there because it is just too depressing to think of them that much. We just go on with our lives. What can we really do about it anyway?
For me I always think about the children – the ones around the world, but also mine. What does their future look like?
What can I do to make it better?
Well I can start by imagining their future and holding on to hope.
Here is the last bit of lyrics from John Lennon’s song:
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Amen to that.