What a Wonderful World

Jet wash in the morning mist

To this day, I can still recall when I first hear this haunting melody by Louis Armstrong. In all likelihood the reason why I can still recollect this moment so vividly is because it evokes memories of incessant pelting rain. The song, the magazine on WW2 that I was reading, and the dark foreboding sky, are all inextricably linked. 

This day was the 1st September 1968, the day of the raging floods in Port Elizabeth. 

These pictures evoke the same memories and evince the same response

 Main picture: Jet wash in the morning mist

In spite of a person’s hobbled beginnings, it is not the hand that life deals one, but what one does with one’s life. Instead of being the eternal whinger viewing the glass as half empty, from one’s perspective in one’s mind’s eye it should be a wonderful world with a half full glass.

A magical place in Austria - Grer See

A magical place in Austria – Grer See

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of one’s family and friends, acknowledge that one is also a flawed person. Adopt a nuanced balanced view of people by conceding their trees of green, red roses too.

A rare and wonderful atmospheric phenomenon - 'fire rainbow'

A rare and wonderful atmospheric phenomenon – ‘fire rainbow’

Instead of letting one’s imagination fall prey to all sorts of fears, one must view the dark sacred night as a comfort blanket. Our fears are misplaced.

An ice cave, illuminated by a torch

An ice cave, illuminated by a torch

Instead of building a bulwark around one like an island in a sea of faces, say how-do-you-do to a perfect stranger, somebody you will never encounter again. Not expecting any reward, but knowing that you have touched somebody in a positive way in their life.

In rare cases, you can see a rainbow at 360 from a plane

In rare cases, you can see a rainbow at 360 from a plane

During the momentary lulls in one’s life, listen to the baby’s cry not as an annoying shriek but as the primeval call of a helpless child.

Only by being mindful of the world will it metastasise into Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World.

Ladybug in the morning dew

Ladybug in the morning dew

Lyrics of “What a Wonderful World”

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.

Lavender fields at dawn

Lavender fields at dawn

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Morskoi sand under a microscope with a 300-fold increase

Morskoi sand under a microscope with a 300-fold increase

The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
But they’re really saying I love you.

One in a million

One in a million

I hear baby’s cry, and I watched 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

Rain viewed from an airplane

Rain viewed from an airplane

Rainbow refraction of light in water droplets

Rainbow refraction of light in water droplets

Rhodochrosite - Beautiful Shii mineral, also known as the Rose of the Inca

Rhodochrosite – Beautiful Shii mineral, also known as the Rose of the Inca

Splash - from the stone thrown into the water during sunset

Splash – from the stone thrown into the water during sunset

The crystal clear ice of Baikal

The crystal clear ice of Baikal

The tsunami of clouds

The tsunami of clouds

The view from a height of 8000 meters

The tsunami of clouds

Unusual cloud. Now we know how to look like angels

Unusual cloud. Now we know how to look like angels

Winter Fairy

Winter Fairy

 

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The Wonder of it All

Restoring our Faith in Humanity in 2015

The Purpose and Meaning of Life

 

Attitude Maketh a Man

 

Today’s Life To-Do List

One Tiny Act of Kindness

 

Christmas: Restoring Faith in Humankind

The Tapestry of Life

Isn’t Life Strange?

Vicissitudes of Time


2 Comments

  1. What a Wonderful World indeed!

    Dean is becoming quite sensitive and in touch with nature in his latter years.

    Well done!

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