Thursday, October 28, 2010

Life flows on within you and without you!

I just got home tonight from a busy week of travel for work .... my colleague and I met in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday evening ... then visited college campuses in St. Louis, MO ... Columbia, MO ... Lawrence, KS ... Manhattan, KS and then finally Lincoln, NE. This morning while waiting to meet with a professor in the basement of the Statistics building at Kansas State University I was perusing their boards ... thrown in the middle of posters promoting Master's programs in Statistics, Mathematics and Operations Management was a poster on faded white paper with black ink, and words that spoke to me ... I thought it was someone's poem ... then as I kept reading I saw at the bottom, "George Harrison, 1967". Ah, a Beatle's song and these must be lyrics of one of his songs ... I search the internet later and learn they are the words to his song "Within You and Without You."

This one line really spoke to me ... Life flows on within you and without you! Wow! How true is that?? I was so moved by the lyrics of George Harrison's song, I simply had to share .... my job takes me to college campuses across the country. I spend a lot of time on the road but there is something energizing about college campuses to me ... there's something energizing about hanging out with students and also professors ... maybe I love universities because I leave there filled with even more questions. And this morning, what a pleasant surprise to stumble across the lyrics of George Harrison's song "Within and Without You" in a place where I would least expect it ....

Within You and Without You
~ George Harrison, 1967

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth, then it's far too late, when they pass away
We were talking about the love we all could share
When we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love
With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew

Try to realise it's all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking about the love that's gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don't know, they can't see, are you one of them?

When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find
Peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we're all one
And life flows on within you and without you

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