Everybody can be somebody. Everyone is free to make a difference in this world.
Raul Midon, guitarist and singer, presents a pair of lovely songs at the TED 2007 conference. The first, entitled “Everybody,” is inspiring and as the TED summary notes “category-defying” and the second, “Peace on Earth,” carries a powerful message that I hope inspires you to greater conviction in your pursuit of a meaningful and valuable life.
Sometimes I feel that we human beings as a race get so caught up in the day-to-day that we fail to step back and consider the larger goals common, I would hope, to humanity. Have you ever wished for peace on earth? What would it look like? How would it be achieved, let alone sustained? Would we miss the drama of conflict?
It is hard not to be overwhelmed by ubiquity of failure, conflict and illness these days. Everyone I know has been touched or knows someone who has been touched by a serious health issue recently. Conflicts between people, between families, between nations are rife, yet in all of this there remains a great promise.
Horace wisely noted in his Satires that “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” We humans are an incredibly resourceful lot. Somehow despite our egotism, self-centeredness and short-sightedness we always seem to come up with ingenious to handle even the most challenging situations, and with our chins held high!
Whether our cleverness and adaptability is fueled by the survival instinct or some higher inspiration, we as a people always tend to keep moving. Winston Churchill, a great leader in his day, summed it up nicely: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Don’t stop and wallow. Keep your wits about you and keep moving.
Dare to dream of a world gone sane. Rise up and reveal the naturally wonderful expression that is uniquely yours and do your part to make peace on earth more than just a tarnished dream. You can’t give what you don’t have, so the first step is to cultivate a deep and unwavering sense of peace in yourself.
I want to leave this world a better place for my two sons and the generations that follow them. That won’t just happen magically. It will require diligence, courage, inventiveness and continually raising the bar in my living. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to leave our children the gift of peace on earth? Sounds a little sappy and most I imagine would say that such a hope is a pipe dream, but somebody has to dream big. So why not me? Why not you?
You can be somebody. You are free to make a difference in this world.