Schooled by Lennon: Things You Can Learn about Life from John Lennon

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Today we celebrate and remember the wonderfully bright light that was John Lennon.

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Via Billboard

A musical pioneer and peacemaker, John Lennon’s influence over music and society is undeniable. To commemorate his birthday and the great messages he shared with us, here are just a few of the things he taught me . . .

Three Things I Learned from John Lennon

1. Imagine! John Lennon once said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” As if this line isn’t thought-provoking enough, his colorful, imaginative lyrics in songs like “I Am the Walrus” and his reflective musings in “Imagine” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” reinforce his message. Imagination is a powerful, world-changing tool. Use yours.

2. Money isn’t everything. The Beatles hit it big while they were all in their early twenties; so fame and fortune came fast. But they learned very early on that, in life, having fortune and nice material things wasn’t the main goal; there was still a void to be filled. Pursue happiness, not money.

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3. Give peace a chance. Lennon had a penchant for promoting peace and changing negative social issues.His political activism at the height of the Vietnam War protest movement made him an unofficial leader of the crusade to spread his message of peace. His song “Give Peace A Chance” holds a simple message (and a modest request); one that we still need to take time to listen to today.  

 

What has John Lennon taught you?

Share the lessons you’ve learned from John! Post them in the comments below by Tuesday, October 14, at 12 pm PST, to be entered in our random giveaway for one (1) copy of Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles and one (1) copy of More Lullaby Renditions of The BeatlesTwo (2) winners will be selected! For bonus entries, tweet, share and pin from this post! 02729796592802797961623  

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