Do you remember “The Muppet Show”?  It was something of a variety show — songs, skits and stories with celebrities of the day. One of my favorite moments was Harry Belafonte’s “Turn the World Around.”

The music starts around 1:15, but first Mr. Belafonte explains the inspiration of a trip to Guinea.

I went deep into the interior of the country and in a little village, I met with a storyteller. And that storyteller went way back into African tradition and African mythology and began to tell the story about the fire, which means the sun, and about the water and about the earth and that he pointed out that all these things put together turn the world around.

And that all of us are here for a very, very short time and in that time when we’re here, there really isn’t any difference in any of us if we take time out to understand each other. And the question is, do I know who you are, do you know who I am, and do we care about each other?

Cause if we do, together, we can turn the world around.

I love that this song has become a hymn for my church, #1074 in the Unitarian Universalist (teal) hymnal “Singing the Journey.”  It reminds us that we are connected, that we all hold a piece of the truth, and it’s a whole lot of fun!

What joyfully inspires you?