If Not for You

If not for you
My sky would fall
Rain would gather too
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
I’d be lost if not for you
And you know it’s true

If not for you
Winter would have no spring
Couldn’t hear the robin sing
I just wouldn’t have a clue
Anyway it wouldn’t ring true
If not for you

Chorus and verse from one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century, Bob Dylan. If Not For You. The song is in my head. This happens. I like music, I like the music I grew up listening to, and sometimes it gets stuck in a groove in my brain and keeps replaying. Perhaps it’s due to the season, or appreciation for those in my life, or the fact that I miss my parents. Or, more recently, the numbers of people kind enough to vote for the book I’ve written. Unwittingly (or wittingly) moving me toward publication. Maybe.Regardless, they are voting, and caring, and making a difference.


I’m grateful for kind people, caring people, loving people, helpful people. Changing the world as they do, in small and large ways. What are we here for if not to help one another, grow ourselves and our environment, be our own (and others’) shining stars? Ordinary people doing ordinary things. Shine. Brightly. Don’t we need to stand for something? The human beings we choose to be, the character traits and core values we choose to encompass, the actions and behaviors we choose to exhibit to ourselves and to the world…Do we care, do we help, does it matter?

Yes. It. Does.

Do not lull yourself into an obscure foolishness that it doesn’t. Smile at a stranger, hum a tune or sing loudly (a particularly great activity on long car rides), Vote for Wendy’s book, call a friend, help someone out. It feels good, it feels useful, it matters. And if more of us did it, think about how different our world might be…


Do. Something. Today.

Finish this sentence; If not for you…

Then tell a friend, who might pass it forward.

My link is below. Please take a moment and vote (I need crazy large numbers, 880 more votes to be exact!). It’s up to you. Either way your actions speak. Thank you.


“Passing Through” by Wendy Karasin – Something or Other Publishing, LLC
Divorced mother of four loses her parents’ over an 18 month period. They die three months apart. She must reconcile her past while finding a way to stay in life and remain whole. Vote for this Book

About wendykarasin

I am complicated and seeking - joy and sorrow, country and city, competition and cooperation. After behavior of a gregarious nature, I require down time to refuel. My loves are children, family, friends, reading, writing, blogging, fitness, and health. I feel most alive when I stay true to my core values. Beauty makes me happy, pain helps me grow.
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