It was a busy weekend, in which I had considerable reason to think about the way people’s minds work.
I think we all have those times when we are bitter about something, and we’ve all hung on to things longer than we should have. Like, for example, I still get righteously angry when I think about that elderly guy in his yard who yelled at me and my friend N when we were about 14, walking by the pond (he accused us of being young punks who trespass and litter – technically we were trespassing but we used to pick up litter – and we felt he was the trespasser because there never used to be houses there at all! See??).
Anyway, I feel that we would all, every single one of us, benefit from following the advice of K’naan. This is a guy who grew up amid the violence of Mogadishu, Somalia. He moved to Rexdale (Toronto), Ontario, Canada as a young teenager, and I have no idea where he found the personal strength to wrest himself from the brink of gang life and become this wise poet.
K’naan is famous for his song Waving Flag, which was chosen as the FIFA World Cup theme this year, but the first song I ever heard of his was Fatima – a poignant song-story that you don’t forget once you’ve heard it.
For those who know little about K’naan, obviously you can go to Wikipedia, but Jian Ghomeshi (of course) recorded this amazing interview with him on Q (CBC). One cannot fail to be impressed.