Today is the anniversary of the death of John Lennon. I remember that day vividly, and it felt like a family member had died. I met him a few times since he lived next door to my brother on 72nd Street. He really was, without a doubt, THE biggest or one of the biggest musical influences, promoter of peace and talent of this generation. He was the author of many inspirational messages, way before inspirational messages were popular. I want to share a few of my favorites in his honor.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”
“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”