This morning, as I’ve done every morning this week, I rolled over to the hospital before the sun had even crested the horizon. The birds were chirping in the cool early morning breezes and I couldn’t help but smile.
And then I remembered one of my (many) favorite songs from the 60s. Say what you will about Vietnam politically, socially, or in any other sense, it inspired a zest for life that brought about some amazing music. This is one of those songs that I’m fairly certain if you don’t smile when listening to it you may not have a soul… or at least you don’t have much of an ability to stop and smell the roses or sit and enjoy the beauty of this life.
If the former: I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do for you. That’s a you issue.
If the latter: Do yourself a favor and find a place to sit and listen to the world rushing by you while you remember how grateful you are to be alive and to have all the blessings you have in your life.
If you were already smiling: You’re my people.
Happily Hippie Gwenny
“A Beautiful Morning”
The Rascals, A Beautiful Morning (Single), 1968
Songwriter: Edward Brigati & Felix Cavaliere
I think I’ll go outside a while,
An just smile.
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine and you got the time.
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day.
Each bird keeps singin’ his own song.
I’ve got to be on my way, now.
Ain’t no fun just hangin’ around,
I’ve got to cover ground, you couldn’t keep me down.
It just ain’t no good if the sun shines
When you’re still inside,
Shouldn’t hide, still inside, shouldn’t hide,
Sunshine caresses each new waking hour.
More and more each day,
It’s okay, brand new day