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Today, more than ever, we need reminders of the beauty which abounds us in this world. With so many people hurting and struggling to make sense of the suffering going on around us, this beautiful song by Louis Armstrong continues to be a favorite and is such a reminder. As we begin our day today, may we each become more aware of the astonishing beauty, love, wonder, and compassion that surrounds us all. It truly is a most wonderful world. 

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 — July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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“Some of you young folks been saying to me, ‘Hey Pops, what you mean ‘What a wonderful world? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That ain’t so wonderful either.’ Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it ain’t the world that’s so bad. but what we’re doin’ to it.

And all I’m saying is see what a wonderful world It would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love baby, love. That’s the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other we’d solve lots more problems. And then this world would be gasser. That’s what ol’ Pops keeps saying.”

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, 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, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

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