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15 Songs That Will Remind You How Large the World is

15 Songs That Will Remind You How Large the World is

Do you feel trapped in your own little world?

When your world is all about you, your problems seem big and overwhelming. However, if you extend yourself to others and the world outside of yourself, you will find that those petty things in life that annoy you are likely insignificant compared to the large world out there.

Here are 15 songs that will remind you that the world is large while yours is small.

1. “Imagine” – John Lennon

“Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”

A beautiful song that asks you to look beyond your religion, nationality and material possessions.

2. “Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland

“Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly…If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can’t I?”

Written for the movie “The Wizard of the Oz” in 1939, this song reminds you that there’s always a happy place out there regardless of whatever situation you are in now.

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3. “Colors of the Wind” – Judy Kuhn (as Pocahontas)

“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew.”

This Disney classic reminds you to explore the world, people and animals around you from their perspectives.

4. “You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab For Cutie

“And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born, then it’s time to go and define your destination.”

This song encourages you to go for your passion, reframe your thinking, and change your current situation when you feel unsatisfied with where you are now.

5. “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash

“I’ve been everywhere, man.”

A fun, country song in which you can replace all the cities’ names with places you have been. The original song lists Australian cities. It was later adapted into many other versions by singers such as Johnny Cash.

6. “Beauty in the world” – Macy Gray

“There is beauty in the world, so much beauty in the world, always beauty in the world.”

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A simple, happy song that reminds you to see the beauty around you.

7. “Beautiful Day” – U2

“It’s a beautiful day. Sky falls, you feel like it’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.”

This song encourages you to look for positivity in the world even when your life isn’t going the way you would like it to be.

8. “Heal the world” – Michael Jackson

“Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me, and the entire human race.”

This Michael Jackson classic reminds you to care for the world outside of your own. Don’t do it just for yourself. Do it for your children and the next generation too.

9. “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” – Various Artists

“We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving.”

Originally recorded for Africa, this song was rerecorded by a group of superstar artists for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This song reminds you that you are connected with the rest of the world and empowers you to give to and help others.

10. “A World with You” – Jason Mraz

“Think how many doors we’ll open. Just as many stars are shining. Who knows where we’re going? Yeah who knows what we’ll find?”

This song is about exploring the world and a relationship you are uncertain about.

11. “A Whole New World” – Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (as Aladdin and Jasmine)

“A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view.”

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This is a love ballad, but it’s also about seeing the world from a new perspective and discovering its beauty.

12. “How to Save a Life” – The Fray

“And I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life.”

A meaningful song that reminds you to step out of your world and reach out to your friends who need help. It’s not about judging or giving advice to your friends. It’s about seeing their world from their point of view, listening to them and giving them the support they need.

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13. “World” – Five for Fighting

“What kind of world do you want? Think anything. Let’s start at the start. Build a masterpiece.”

This song empowers you to build your own world.

14. “Heaven on Earth” – Jill-Marie Thomas

“Is this Heaven on Earth? Why have we forgotten? Does our heaven deserve all the pain we’ve given?”

This is the theme song for Clean and Green Singapore 2011. It reminds you to not forget the natural beauty of the world we live in and to be kind to it.

15. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

“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.”

How you feel depends on what you choose to see in life. This song reminds you to take a step out of your life for a moment and admire the beauty around you.

When is the last time you explored the world and did something for the world?

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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