Wonderful world!

I was listening to the song “What a wonderful world” this morning. It was a song originally made famous by Louis Armstrong.  I was listening to newer versions by Rod Stewart and Iz: two very different singers.

It’s hard to beat the original by Armstrong and I also have that downloaded to my Itunes.  His raspy deep voice adds to the message of the song. Regardless of who sings it, every time I hear it, I smile!

As I listened to the words, I consider how good I really have it. I am here hanging out on vacation with my kids and grandkids and I feel I have it better than anybody I know. I can’t tell you how alive I feel today!

Maybe it was the dancing. That’s right. I was dancing. Not well but with great energy at least. I had one of my grandsons, Skyler in my arms and he was giggling as I stepped across the floor, somewhat to the beat of the music.

Maybe it was this entire trip seeing my family and hanging out with them and simply enjoying the laughter. Maybe it was the beautiful sunshine or the grass or the flowers or the dogs walking by or a hundred little reminders of God’s presence.

Maybe it was the sweet presence of my wife Mary and the kiss on my cheek she gave me this morning. Regardless, I am realizing that I have a pretty incredible life!

No, things aren’t perfect and bad stuff still happens to good people. But, God made this world with an intention for us to experience the adventure! He wants us to embrace all the goodness around us in spite of all the badness that tries to insert itself.

Maybe, like me you need a reminder today.  Here are the words once more for you to listen to and smile with me:

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, dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world

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