Mayor's Corner 3/14/2019
Recently, I heard my friend, Chet Torgersen, talk about how much he enjoys the song What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. It’s an old song that has always made me smile. The song wasn’t actually written by the great “Satchmo”, but his rendition is bodacious (I’m trying to expand my vocabulary with seldom-used, descriptive adjectives)!
I’d like to share the song’s lyrics because they speak volumes. They make me think to myself, “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. 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. The colors 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?” They’re really saying, “I love you”. I hear babies cry. I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
Each day we have disappointments, discouragements and the world can seem kind of bleak. Happiness is a choice. We literally choose to be happy or, unfortunately, we sometimes choose to be sad and despondent.
We all know people who have ample reasons to be miserable, but who manage to be the very ones who smile and encourage others. We absolutely live in a wonderful world. I challenge each one of us to listen to Louie sing that beautiful, uplifting song and look for other evidences that this truly is a grand, wonderful world.Mayor David Ogden