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March 26, 2020

Be Naïve

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I wanted to share a song that has been standing out to me over the past few days. It’s called "Naïve", by Andy Grammer, who’s an artist that stands for positivity, love and compassion. While the word, "Naïve" has a negative connotation, from a certain perspective it’s required.

"So call me naive
But I believe you're gonna be okay
And call me naive
But tomorrow, we'll be better than today

And if it's stupid to see the good in everything
Lord, help me please, help me to be naive
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na, mmm

See, I believe
This life is something beautiful and sweet
I believe
That love pulls me to you like gravity

And if it's stupid to see the good in everything
I guess I'll plead, I'll plead guilty to being naive
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na, mmm

And you could say I'm gullible
And I'm blind to all the lies and tragedies
I just think we focus all our time
On poison and not the remedy

So call me naive
Say I'm living in a world of make-believe
And call me naive
But I don't know another way to be

And if it's stupid to see the good in everything
Yeah, if it's stupid to see the good in everything
I'll say proudly I'd rather be naive
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na
Na-na-na, na-na, mmm"

It’s such a beautiful song. But, let’s think of the context because it is extremely important today. Being naïve is different than being responsible. Of course, we always need to take the necessary precautions, we shouldn't be naïve to that truth. But, as people talk about worst case scenarios we don’t need to agree. Yes, these times are providing many people with significant hardship, but it’s our choice to determine if that’s entirely a bad thing. Many people will come out of this stronger, and the world will come out of this stronger. We can choose to see that positive possibility, instead of focusing on our seemingly negative reality.

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