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Thursday, January 13, 2011

John imagined . . . so long ago!

My mother once said to me, "Jeanna, you think so differently from other people."  She did not mean it in a bad way.  I had been sharing some of my thoughts and beliefs with her, and that was her response.  She is right.  However, I don't believe that I think so differently from ALL other people, just most of the people here in good 'ol conservative northwest Iowa. 

My best friend Faith and I think A LOT alike.  We are about living for today and trying to be the best persons we can be.  She recently posted an article on Religious Independents.  I like that term, although I think I still choose to call myself unaffiliated.  I like what the article had to say.

As I was driving home from work, I was thinking about the article and some of the conversations Faith and I had today via email.  This song popped into my head.  It was one of those ah-ha moments when I realized that "thinking differently from other people" has been around for a long time and we have been challenged to "think differently" all along by those who also thought differently.  Thank you, John, for imagining and not being afraid to think differently.

Imagine
John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

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 be as one

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

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