Saturday, March 2, 2013

Have I Done Any Good In the World Today?

This Music video caught my eye today.  

(I know this post might not be for everyone, especially if you are not familiar with this hymn. I want you to know that I have been raised in the church, and hymns have a special part in my daily life.)

Alex Boye said in this video (starting at 1:30 to 1:50)  about the lyric of the hymn "Have I done any good in the world today"... the world is not just America, but it's all and every part of the world... and because my family is from Nigeria and I wanted to put little part of that in, because it's a part of me"



That's exactly what I was thinking today. I often say that "I want to share my ideas with the world", but the world I'm talking about is still vague. I'm not a world traveler, and many of the languages spoken in the world are still foreign to me. There are many parts of the world I don't know very well. Watching the news helps but it only shows a little part of that country and sometimes the information presented to us are not always accurate. I can think of the time when I saw a Canadian broadcaster was talking about the debris from Japan after the Earthquake were washed up on the shore of Canadian west coast. The camera showed the pictures of a milk carton and I instantly thought "That's not Japanese!" It was written in Chinese characters, but it wasn't Japanese.

I still don't know what I write here actually help anyone to know Japanese culture. After I wrote about Setsubun (bean throwing ceremony), I read more about Setsubun. The more I read and the more confused I got because I thought it was celebrated in the same way all around Japan, but it very much differs in different parts of Japan.

But what I want to share today is this. I shouldn't wait until that I know everything, and be able to  say the things the right way. I want to be a part of the big world now. I used to feel the pain in my heart because I don't "fit in", but really, that was my excuse. I perfectly fit in.

If you watch the video (the first part is making of the video, and the rest is the music) he says more things about the song.


1. Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
[Chorus]
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.
“223: Have I Done Any Good?,” Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, no. 223
Text and music: Will L. Thompson, 1847–1909, alt.

 (I wrote this 3 days ago. I wanted to polish my writing, but I guess I will never share anything if I took too long to think about it.)