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In the Sands of Time…

12 Mar

‘Conquer the Devil with a little thing called love’ – Bob Marley

Years ago someone said to me: one of the great problems of this world is the fact that people have become less concerned about their legacy. The legacy they leave when they are no longer in a place; be it, position of power or life in general.

I have always loved Bob Marley (and no, it isn’t because I am on dreads). His songs are filled with wisdom and simple sincerity that leaves something deep with you. I remember as a child listening to my father play his songs and even at such young age, Marley sounded so wise to me. I have wanted to write this post about him for a bit and finally have got around to doing just that (Thank God).bob marley.6.j10

Bob Marley, like every other human, wasn’t a man without his faults. Nevertheless, he made an impact in his own country and most importantly, in the world. He, like the Martin Luther Kings of this world stood for what is right. Above all, he stood for Love, Peace and Unity. He took his gift, his art, his music and turned it into a tool for change. That to me is imprinting ones name in the sands of time and truly living. As, a result, he lives on, even in death.

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Until a few months ago, I had no idea that Bob Marley died in 1981, which was before my birth (Forgive my ignorance). I knew his songs, have even imprinted some of his quotes in my head. I knew he was dead but didn’t know he died before I was born. His songs are still sang like they were just written. That to me, is relevance; to be dead for decades and still live on through your work. To receive more awards and recognition in death than even in life, including the Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations, Jamaica’s third highest honour, the Jamaican Order of Merit, Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement award, Song of the century as nominated by BBC and greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll. Most of these and more, decades after his death, when in reality, people should have moved on.                                                                                                                      Untitled

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It is sad to know that he lived for only 36 years but nevertheless, his short life was packed full with achievements and a purpose that has given him years beyond most very old people.

So hail to Bob Marley!!! Your life & works are in some of my beautiful memories!! You are truly a Legend!!!!!

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I have added some of my favourite quotes by the reggae king himself.

I sincerely hope they make some meaning to you. Enjoy!

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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free your minds’

‘The Greatest of a Man’s life 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 the black man’s side, I don’t stand for the white man’s side, I stand for God’s side’

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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5 responses to “In the Sands of Time…

  1. Ormainy

    March 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Just 36 years! Bob Marley will never stop being important to me, ever! He was more than a genius, so full of wisdom. He could rival socrates, Plato and Aristotle in his approach to virtue and all that. Love this post.

     
    • journalofacomplexmind

      March 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      @ Ormainy, thanks for the comment. I have always known we have a lot in common; apparently love and respect for Bob Marley is another thing to add to the list.

       
  2. Sandra Baranyi

    July 25, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Absolutely love the quotes from Bob Marley – he was a genius and his words are so very important to me and the way that I choose to live my life.

     
    • journalofacomplexmind

      July 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Hello Sandra, thanks for the comment. I am pretty sure The Marley would be pleased to know that, so many years on, his words and songs still run deep. They all have one feature in common and that is love and respect. Just imagine what d world could be like if everyone showed a little more love n respect.
      Thanks once more for the comment and hopefully, u visit us again

       
  3. Tene_T

    May 11, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Reblogged this on Journal of a Complex Mind and commented:

    Gone for 35 years and still so relevant…Truly, in the sand of time

     

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