Today is fellow-Aquarian Bob Marley’s birthday (February 6th). I’m a huge fan, despite his early demise (skin cancer) when he was 36 and I was 8.
Bob Marley is a legend whose words and lyrical poetry transcend time. He was a prophet and a promoter of love, equality, and peace. It’s unfortunate that when many people think of Bob Marley, they think of marijuana and dreadlocks. They think of broken rules, illegal drugs, and government protests. We judge based on pictures. We discount based on perception. Often times, we are blinded by our eyes. Not because of what we can’t see, but because of what we can. When we see with our heart instead of our eyes, we see what really matters.
When we read these quotes from song and conversation with Bob Marley, let us think not of what images come to mind, but instead of what thoughts come to mind for our fellow mankind. This is what Bob Marley stood for. This is who Bob Marley was – he was a man who poetically preached “one love, one heart, one destiny.”
- “Judge not before you judge yourself.”
- “I know that I’m not perfect. And that I don’t claim to be. So before you point your fingers, be sure your hands are clean.”
- “If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devils, I say. Why not help one another on the way? And make it easier.”
- “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
- “It will all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, then it’s not the end.”
- “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
- “I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.”
- “None but ourselves can free our minds.”
- “Love would never leave us alone”
- “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.”
- “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
There isn’t a day that I can’t listen to a Bob Marley song, focus on the lyrics, and shake my head in the truth of its message. When we judge, we divide. When we are divided, we feel alone, separate, and disconnected from Source, God, Almighty, the Divine Creator that gave life to us all, that loves us all, and that unites us all.
Bob Marley understood that we are all connected, standing in equality in God’s eyes. Are our eyes meant for us to judge? Surely not. Are our own eyes better than God’s? Surely not.
We all are equals. We are all loved beyond measure. We are all capable of loving one another. So let us find the love in each other. That is Grace. That is One Love. That is One Heart. That is Bob Marley.