“I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind.”
OK, so the Beatles were not the poster boys for sober living. But, unlike many of their contemporaries, they did survive the drugging and drinking and left us with numerous memorable lyrics. Lennon, the peacenik, the rebel, the political activist who found himself on the FBI’s “watch list” for subversive activity wrote “IMAGINE”, the lyrics of which could be a blueprint for world peace.
Ironically, Lennon’s life ended prematurely in 1980 when an assassin gunned him down in front of his apartment building. A man dedicated to compassion, love, and peace was taken from us by a gun-wielding madman. Today, 50 years after the Beatles and 37 years after Lennon’s death, the music and the words continue to remind us that there is a better way to live this life which our HP has given us.
“I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind” resonates with the comfort and good will which has always been intended to be God’s gift to us. For a man of immense wealth and talent to write those words offering everything he’s got for a little peace of mind should reveal to us that what is important in life is not riches nor fame.
Peace of mind is especially difficult to capture in today’s violent, unstable world. We will not find it in church, religion, or philosophy. It will not suddenly appear through the right ritual or prayer. It is an inside job which only our connection with a higher power can accomplish. When we realize and accept that nothing of this worldly existence is greater or more important than the God connection, then we will know the beginnings of “peace of mind”.