If I Could Change The World

by Susan Pogorzelski on February 21, 2010 · 7 comments

If I could reach the stars
Pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart
So you could see the truth…

Eric Clapton, “If I Could (Change the World)”

My mind is crowded with ideas — thoughts marked by what-ifs, the huge philosophies that make you wonder at the complexities of life. So many thoughts have been tumbling around in there lately that I haven’t had the energy or willpower to even attempt to verbalize them. I wonder if they can be verbalized, or if these ideas will just wind up being hollow words, not able to accurately define what I’m trying to say.

See? It’s starting.

Maybe it comes from being a writer, or maybe it comes from being a dreamer. Or maybe it just comes from an all-too vivid imagination, but sometimes I can’t stop wondering if there’s something more, believing in something better. I wonder what if and I think if only and I question why…How might the world be changed? How might we be changed?

What if the smallest pleasures could put a smile on your face and ease the memory of heartache — the love of a puppy, a card from a friend, a simple bowl of ice cream as you curl up on the couch…

I bet ice cream could change the world.

What if we believed in each other. What if every person we saw or met — even just in passing on a city sidewalk — added up to a moment in our life. What if everything, including that mere moment, had its impact on us, even in the vaguest of ways.

What if we could remember nothing at all — how drastically would our lives be changed?

What if we remembered everything?

What if our lives were lived seamlessly rather than in the stages?

What if we cherished the everyday moments — chatter over breakfast in the morning, a kiss before work, a game of tug of war with your dog in the evening, moments of reflection in the solitude of night — knowing that those precious moments are fleeting in the span of a lifetime?

What if we looked at the world as if there was something greater than ourselves at work. What if we realized that we were all in this together?

What if everything we worried about today didn’t matter tomorrow?

What if?

What if…

What if.

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Sam February 21, 2010

Love this! Appropriately, I can’t even describe how much or why, except to say that the little things definitely make a big difference. Oh, and ice cream could DEFINITELY change the world!

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Susan Pogorzelski February 22, 2010

I’m pretty convinced that Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream could bring about world peace…

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The Josh February 21, 2010

You seriously almost made me cry with this one, sugar. You are such a beautiful soul.

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Susan Pogorzelski February 22, 2010

I love you.

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Positively Present February 22, 2010

Another great post!! The ending really was wonderful. Great writing as always. :)

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Susan Pogorzelski February 24, 2010

Thanks, Dani! I always appreciate your words :)

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