November Joy 8: Beyond The Imperfections

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections” ―Bob Marley
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Hello, dear reader. I hope this edition of #NovemberJoy musing finds you in good health and spirits. Today, I want to share with you a quote that has inspired me to live a happier and more fulfilling life. It is from the legendary Jamaican singer, musician, and songwriter Bob Marley, who is considered one of the pioneers of reggae music and a global icon of Jamaican culture and identity. Here is the quote:

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections” ―Bob Marley

You should know that happiness is not dependent on external circumstances but on how we perceive and respond to them. We can choose to focus on the positive aspects of life rather than the negative ones. We can appreciate what we have rather than what we lack. It means that we can accept ourselves and others rather than judge or criticise. It means that we can be grateful for the opportunities and challenges that life presents us, rather than complain or regret always. See? Perspective changes everything.

A little history…

This quote reminds me of the philosophy of Rastafari, which is a religious and social movement that originated in Jamaica in the 1930s and influenced Bob Marley’s music and worldview. Rastafari is based on the belief that Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, is the reincarnated messiah and the living God for the African race. Rastafari also promotes the values of peace, love, unity, and respect for nature and humanity. Rastafari teaches that we are all children of God and that we should live in harmony with ourselves, each other, and the environment.

One of the ways that Rastafari expresses its spirituality and culture is through music, especially reggae. Reggae is a genre of music that combines elements of ska, rocksteady, and folk and is characterised by its distinctive rhythm, vocal style, and lyrical themes. Reggae music often addresses social and political issues, such as oppression, injustice, poverty, and racism, as well as spiritual and personal matters, such as faith, love, and redemption. Reggae music also celebrates the beauty and diversity of life and encourages us to overcome our struggles and achieve our dreams.

The legend, Bob

Bob Marley was one of the most influential and popular reggae artists of all time. He started his musical career in 1963, when he formed the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The group released several albums and singles, such as “One Love”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, and “Exodus”, which became international hits and classics. Bob Marley also pursued a solo career and released albums such as “Natty Dread”, “Rastaman Vibration”, and “Kaya”, which further established his reputation as a reggae legend. Bob Marley died in 1981, at the age of 36, from cancer, but his legacy lives on through his music, his message, and his millions of fans around the world.

The influence

I am one of those fans, and I have learned a lot from Bob Marley’s life and work. He taught me to be proud of who I am and to embrace my roots and culture. He taught me to be courageous and outspoken and to stand up for what I believe in. He taught me to be compassionate and generous and to help those in need. He taught me to be optimistic and hopeful and to trust in God’s plan. He taught me to be joyful and grateful and to look beyond the imperfections of life.

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I hope that you, too, can find inspiration and wisdom in Bob Marley’s quote and apply it to your own life.

I hope that you can be happy, not because everything is perfect, but because you have looked beyond its imperfections.

I hope that you can see the good in every situation and make the best of it.

I hope that you can appreciate the gifts and blessings that you have and share them with others.

I hope that you can accept yourself as unique and perfect and others as the same, and live in peace with yourself and harmony with others.

I hope that you can be grateful for the day and make it count while enjoying the rest and rejuvenation of nighttime.

I hope you look beyond the imperfections of life and keep your eyes on the little little blessings of laughter, love, and, of course, life that you’ve got.

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I would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment, a question, or some feedback. Until next time, stay happy, stay blessed, and stay inspired.

With ❤️,

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

Poet, Editor, Web/Graphic Designer & Publisher

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Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections including 'Under the Sheets', 'Write Me A Poem', '30', 'Isms', 'Amina', and many others.

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