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I’m sure pretty much everyone knows the Disney classic, “It’s a small world”. I remember going to Disney World, or was it Disney Land,(I get them so confused) back in 10th grade and going on the Small World ride. You ride this boat through different robotic villages and people from different parts of the world where the song is played OVER and OVER and OVER….made me kind of feel sorry for the people who work that ride. I think I may have had to sneak some ear plugs to work there!

It never fails to amaze me just how much people all over can be so much alike. And I tend to forget that sometimes. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts are so completely mine alone and no one out there could possibly share all the same thoughts. Then I see where someone has written something or said something and it reminds me what a truly small world we DO live in. True that our world is so big and vast and we are made up of so many people, cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, etc. but when it comes down to basic things, we are so much more alike than we often realize.

Little sayings that we grow up thinking are unique to just OUR area, we later see are not so unique at all but widely attributed to other areas. Things we seemingly struggle with all alone are really what links us to so many others who feel the same way. Each little quirk we think separates us so far from anyone else might end up being not so unusual as we once thought. Our daily routines taking place in one country might match up exactly with someone else’s seemingly a world away. Each time I get a new glimpse of synchronicity at its best, I smile and think to myself, Wow…what a small world after all!

Since the chorus seems to be the only lyrics of the song that seem to repeat in my head, I looked up ALL the rest.

“It’s a world of laughter, 
A world of tears. 
It’s a world of hopes, 
And a world of fears. 
There’s so much that we share, 
That it’s time we’re aware, 
It’s a small world after all.”

Laughter, tears, hopes and fears….fundamental building blocks of each person and no matter WHERE you are in this world, each one of us experiences them all!

“There is just one moon, 
And one golden sun. 
And a smile means, 
Friendship to every one. 
Though the mountains divide, 
And the oceans are wide, 
It’s a small world after all.”

Wow…such beautiful lyrics! Why did it take me so long to learn them?  We have different landmarks in each place we live in, different buildings, different faces, different customs, vegetation, flowers,animals, on and on but the sun and the moon is the same for everyone. The same sun that I see every morning is the same sun that you see; the same moon I see every night is the same moon that you see. We may be divided by many mountains and oceans, but that’s something everyone everywhere ALL shares.

And a smile means friendship to every one” Obviously, there are language barriers around the world and we each say friend in a different way, but a smile is universal. : )

“It’s a small world after all. 
It’s a small world after all. 
It’s a small world after all. 
It’s a small, small world.”

The infamous chorus that you can’t help but memorize pretty quickly. I love what the lyrics copier put at the end of the song.

(Repeat ad nauseam until it’s permanently etched into your neural synapses.)

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Maybe you are curious as how to say friend in some other languages?

All I knew before was “Amigo” which is Spanish AND Portuguese for friend….here are some others I have found!

Amico = Friend in Italian

Ami = Friend in French

Freund = Friend in German

Venn = Friend in Norwegian

Prieten = Friend in Romanian

I would have added some others but I don’t have the little symbols above the letters on my American keyboard and when it comes to Asian languages….I don’t know how to translate the shape symbols they have. So I guess for those languages, a smile is really all I would be able to use! : )

Oh well, I’ve also heard smiling helps with wrinkles so there’s always a reason to smile! I’m sure every woman likes the idea of helping wrinkles no matter where you live, so as I said before, it really is a small world after all!

et cetera
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