Imagine by John Lennon and More Inspiration for The New Year-Part 2

As the year is coming to an end, what better time to focus on peace and change for ourselves and the betterment of humanity.

This is the second part of my "Moments With Inspiring Movie Flashes and Poetry- Part 1" where I shared my own poetry and my lifemate's poetry flash.

I am sharing different music videos that can be listened on a lazy day and perhaps inspire you to create your own changes, or if not, then at least relax you.

Imagine- John Lennon

Peace I am aware cannot be accomplished overnight, the human condition pretty much show us this, and its discouraging at times to see that basically mankind has continued with the conflicts that are centuries old.

Yes, I am a dreamer, and at times a doer; altough I am not a Mary Poppins, or a Saint, I try to contribute to the consciousness of our world by having peace in my heart and therefore in my home, and in turn I am generally very peaceful towards family, friends and strangers, but in order to experience this, I made personal changes by letting go of what no longer worked for me.

As Lao Tzu said, we need to start with ourselves. One person at a time, can create change.

"If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart."

--- Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

Tell Me Why-Declan Galbraith

I admit, I had never heard of this singer, who is English of Scottish-Irish origin; my lifemate shared it with me this morning, and I was moved to tears! He was only 10 years old in this clip (he is now 18) and sings with passion, as he asks the questions mankind has often asked, why is there suffering, why is there need and what can we do to help?

Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror

Disregarding Michael Jackson's eccentric ways, (and nose) I find him a powerful performer, with yet another reminder that to make a change in the world we need to make a change within ourselves.

As Ghandi said: "Be the change, you wish to see in the world"

Words of true wisdom.

BOB DYLAN - Blowing in the Wind

This song has been described as a protest song, but the lyrics does not preach, or suggest a course of action; it lets the listener listen to the philosophical questions and come to his own answers, which are blowing in the wind - near you, your heart.

The same message of peace has been repeated worldwide for thousands of years, by spiritual leaders to philosophers (well most) and yet we still don't get it, but one day I assume we will, if not in this generation then in another one. I know... I am hopeful as many others on the path of peace are.

Thank you all for being with me through Hubpages during 2008. You are an amazing group of writers, I learned much from you.

May the New Year bring everyone love, joy, abundance and the "peace, that passes all understanding."

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ASHWINSPGA 7 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

There are many songs past and present  written by talented song writers that has really beautiful messages in them. My personal fave is Phil Collins " Just another day in Paradise" The music the lyrics and his voice never fails to touch me in a very deep way which leaves me sad and warm all over once the song comes to an end. Songs are a very powerful media which can change people to become better human beings.

Miss Violet i noticed how beautiful you look in your profile photo. You are not only beautiful on the outside, you are a very gorgeous woman at heart too. I admired your spirit after i read your hearing impaired hub. I wondered at your ability to show love and support for others no matter what the circumstances were when i chanced upon your comments and posts in previously published hubs and forum posts. To me you are a compassionate human being and a true inspiration to everyone who gets to know you. Why im saying all this to you here is because i saw you thanking others and i felt since you touched me with your love and spirit many times its only right i tell you how much i love you as this year comes to a close. I have a song that i wish to dedicate to you and i hope you will get a chance to listen to it when you are free. Happy New Year Miss Violet.

Melanie C and Lisa Left Eye Lopez... "Never be the same again".


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ashwin: I had to take a deep breath, thank you so much for your kind words; I am grateful for your presence, and appreciate the love you give me and us all. I love your spirit, and may you continue to shine on.

I will listen to the song, you gifted me with.  Thank you!

Its 4 .am. on my side of the fence- not sleepy at all, but off to bed I go. :::grumble::::: :)

Namaste,

Marie


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ASHWINSPGA 7 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

Well you are a self confessed hub addict so no surprise seeing you awake at this ungodly hour :=) sweet dreams Miss Violet and wow you look super beautiful and cute. Im in love.... hehehe


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Happy New Year, VS-- this was just delightful. I too had not heard of Declan Galbraith--but what a voice!!! It was also so nice to listen again to Blowin in the Wind and Imagine, which have such memories for me. This was great


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Very nice thoughts, and great memories/feelings listening to some of the old tunes. Good combo! Thank you!


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy New Year Hubbing!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Robie: Good to see you as usual, and thanks for listening and visiting. Seeing John Lennon and Yoko together in the video, and knowing this was a man of peace and yet had a destiny where he would be killed felt sort of unreal.

Happy New Year!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ashwin: I am awake, it seems like I just went to sleep. hehe. I will need to take a break today from Hubpages and work on a new website, hafta. :)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Bruce: I couldn't find ne peace tunes for the younger generation in Hubpages, hehe, so stuck mostly to the older ones.

Eovery: Thanks for reading and your comments, and happy New Year Hubbing to you too!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Dear Marie,

thank you very much for this beautiful Hub, for your inspiring words, for great songs...for light shining from your soul...Peace will be achieved, one day people will find it within themselves. It is the highest ideal of humanity, as such it takes time to be achieved.We need to be patient, and enjoy our ocean of peace in our souls....

I wish you all the best in the New year, love, success, joy, health, abundance of money...and thank you for inspiration and love, from all my heart.

Be blessed, always...


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tatjana:

I love the words and image of "enjoy our ocean of peace in our souls", made my eyes wet because I totally resonate with this message. Thank you for the light that you are and for stopping by. :)

Love/Marie


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Thank you VioletSun for this nice and peaceful hub.  I love "Imagine" by John Lennon so much I used it in one of my own hubs and I am also a big fan of Bob Dylan's peace songs.  Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us your very own kind and peaceful spirit to carry with us into the New Year.   With Love ~Dottie~


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dottie: I was just listening to "Imagine" while working, and its very relaxing music. Thank you for your kind words, and your very supportive spirit  which I and many of us in Hubpages have been blessed to receive from you.  

Once again, thank you for your comments and have a very Happy New Year.

Love you/Marie


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Awesome hub!The words of Lao Tzu are so beautiful that it should be made into an universal prayer for world peace!We need peace in our times and lets hope and pray that we see peace in 2009.Ofcourse,Lennon's song strikes a chord with every peaceloving person!Happy New Year and God bless you and yours! :)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Laila: So nice to see you here, have seen your presence in other hubs. :) And you are so right, Lao Tzu words should be made into an universal prayer - as a matter of fact you gave me a great idea, I am going to print and frame the prayer and place it in my office here at home.

Thank you for reading and your comments.

May you and your loved ones have a Blessed New Year!


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Melissa G 7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Beautiful song and sentiments, Marie. I can't get over the depth of emotion in the Declan Galbraith song--pass the tissues, please!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Melissa: I also had tears when I watched the Declan video, what a gifted child! Thanks for stopping by, always good to see you. ::::::passing on the tissues:::::::::::: :)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

"One person at a time, can create change.". How true VioletSun. That is all we need to bring forth the power of love and light into this world and make beautiful changes of growth. Tell Me Why was sang with so much passion and many like you have already provided answers to the question. Be blessed always Violet Sun and I look forward to moving along with you in the coming year! Lovelots:)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

I look forward to also moving along with you in the coming year, dear Dayzeebee. Its been quite a blessed ride!

Love you :)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi again, I sent you an email through hubpages. I hope you received it. Your reply through the email would be appreciated as I wish to communicate directly to your email address:) Thanks:)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I love this song Imagine. Thanks for linking all those hubs about peace. Even in recent times(India/Pak situation) when I see their is war mongering by some people on forums it pains me a lot. Their were some people in US who supported Bush earlier during the Iraq invasion but now the whole US is suffering due to the huge bill this war has been costing us(which according to a recent poll conducted by CNN more than 80% Americans feel going to Iraq was a big mistake in the first place). We all don't have a choice except for trying for peace. But yes since the Mumbai incident happened recently the wound is still fresh(which I can understand). I hope one day India and Pakistan live like two brothers who had to partition their house but not their hearts. The other day when I was stuck here in Snow with no groceries then the person who volunteered to get me groceries was from Pakistan. I really don't understand why people want to kill each other without anything to be gained from such a war and yes if somebody commits a mistake like Russia/USA that doesn't mean we have to do the same too. We should take good examples to emulate and not all examples set by Russia/USA are bad too(trying to put things in perspective).


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dayzeebee: I don't see the email, let me check again.... Nope, I didn't receive your email. Could you try resending again?


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

CW: Isn't it amazing how we create separation over religion and land? I don't bellieve religion or a spiritual path was intended to create separation. This is a man made creation, it comes from the ego part of ourselves. We are the mothers, fathers, son, daughers, each with their families and dreams, all separated by anger and hatred. The guy from Pakistan was connecting to another human being, by helping you out, and you appreciating the help.

  In the end we all die, and regardless of where we came from or what we did, all that remains is love or the hatred we left behind. I saw this so clearly when my 18 year old nephew passed away and saw him in the casket - all that his friends which were over 100 talked about at the funeral was their friendship and love for him; not his video games, or material possesions which he was blessed to have, but how he touched them by his willingness to help. Two days before he died, he was on his way to do a drug intervention with a friend in their group. And, the friends came from diverse paths- he was half Muslim, and one of his best friends is Jewish.

Thanks for letting me ramble.  


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Okay done. I hope it works this time:)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Received it, and sent you my personal email. :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Violet- I often say this that we have all the religions in the world to divide each other but not enough to love each other. Yes you are right each of us is part of some family. Each of us if we live for the religion called love and be part of the family called humanity then most of the issues would have some solution. We have to be considerate and deal with issues responsibly. War isn't the solution rather it can further complicate any situation.

It is so sad to see such a wonderful young boy's life was snatched away at such a young age. But never the less he left behind many wonderful memories. I liked the hub which Ananta wrote which(I mentioned in my hubs list) says what do we want to be remembered for after we die. It really changes our perspective as the things that we consider important lose their significance if we see our lives in a reverse order i.e, from death to present time. I hope you do read that hub. Thanks for that personal touching memory of your loving nephew.

 

 


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Thanks a lot for linking Lita's hub. She is a very thoughtful and knowledgeable person. I was about to leave my apartment for meeting some one then I thought I would wish one last time everyone here Happy New Year 2009. Enjoy the last few hours of 2008. Have a great time everyone.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you and have a very Happy New Year!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you and have a very Happy New Year!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love the John Lennon song Imagine and I always will.  Happy New Year to you!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sweetiepie: Happy New Year to you too! I am going to listen to the John Lennon song now, nice way to start my year. :)


Lita Sorensen 7 years ago

Thanks for the link to my hub on quotations, VioletSun, :). Nice hub, yourself!!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

You are welcome, Lita, and thanks for visiting! :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi VioletSun, I'm back!!!! Hahaha wow, what a lovely collection of songs. There is much to reflect on about this topic and today I know it is about finding peace within me. And then I can start sharing that peace with others. :-) Keep sharing your "sun" and love to the world! Happy New Year Marie!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a great hub, VioletSun.  Wow, does that little boy have a voice!  I'm a Beatlemaniac, so it's a given that I just love Imagine - it can make me cry.

I think that the best way for the world to find peace is like you said, we have to find peace in ourselves.  If everyone was peaceful, there would be only harmony and love.  Good things can grow from the current situation, both globally and individually.  That is a beautiful thought.

Thanks for writing this hub, VS.  Sorry I found it so late.  I'm behind in my reading.

Hope you had a good New Year's and 2009 is peaceful for you.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Welcome back, Michelle! Thanks for reading, and you keep spreading the love too. Was thinking about you, as you can see when you are not around, we notice! :)

Hi, Shirley: The video of John Lennon kind of gave me little chills because I was thinking this was a man of peace, and his ending was not; but he left behind wonderful music with messages. Good to have you stop by and read, and comment. :)

Happy New Year to you both!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

VS, don't you think that John's message of peace was made even stronger because his death came from violence? It was such a horrific shock that someone like him could die that way. I still grapple with it and every time I do, I remember John's stance of peace. I can't think of anything else good that came from that shocking event. If it serves to remind people of his message, then at least there was a positive spin.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Shirley: Yes, I have thought of this myself that his manner of passing, made his messages more profound. Everything happens for a reason. He was/is quite a soul. Thanks for reminding us all of this!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

LOL Thanks, that is sweet of you. I have been thinking of you guys while I was away. This hubaholic had to contend with no hubbing for a few days. Gosh. Good thing there was a lot of fun in Disney. Hehe I'm off to work now but just wanted to share that my name came about because I was born on 71' and the beatles were hot then. :-) Peace be with you my friend.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Happy new year! All the best for you and your family.

First time I read about Lao Tzu and I liked it, very wise words, and yes one person cannot change the world, but one person can start change J


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Princessa: Wishing you and your family the best New Year too! Thank for reading and commenting.:)


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Lovely choices! :)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, Suzanne!


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Blowin' in the Wind and Imagine are timeless classics!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Imadork: Imagine still gives me chills! I am going to watch and listen to it again in a few minutes, its a nice way to start off my day! Thanks for commenting.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Wonderfully stated & awesome hub Violet!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Michael, Thank you for your encouragement!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Thank you Violet for sharing!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

When I was in S. Korea I used this song to teach English - the students and teachers loved it. I used a few others as well - nothing is more international and effective than music. Great song here! We have to dream and then we can make it happen!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

BK: I get little goosebumps at the thought of the song being used to teach students English, its a beautiful choice! And yes, we can dream and make it happen!~


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well that's why the sun is violet because you made it so and who cares what year this hub was published because it's timeless and just great writing - well like you - and will receive the red carpet treatment on my Facebook page with a posting and a direct link back here - and happy new year to you in 2012 with continued health and happiness and all of these awesome hubs - lake erie time ontario canada 6:13am


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Glad you brought up this hub as it's the perfect timing to inspire me to write for my blog about New Year's. :) Your comments are always so very encouraging. So you are in Facebook along with my hubber friends? I shall look you up and friend you, would be happy if you accept. Thank you for the Facebook link!


ERF 4 years ago

HI VIOLETSUN

I SUGGEST YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE DEAF BECAUSE THAT HEARING IMPAIRED IS VERY OFFENSIVE WORDS! I AM HELPING YOU OUT .

YOUR GREAT LOOKING !


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

ERF: When living in NY and I had to use services that aided the hearing impaired to look for work. I went to the "Deaf Society", (this was many years ago) and they told me to visit the "New York League for the Hard of Hearing", as the needs of the totally deaf and hearing impaired are different. I don't use sign language so they couldn't help me. I think labels really don't matter, but how we live our lifes. :)


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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Peace won't fill the pockets of those who pile up their fortunes thanks to others' misfortune. That's why we don't have peace...

Voted up and awesome! :)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Suzanne, very good observation and unfortunately true. :( Thanks for the vote and rating! :)

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