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Norma Sherry: Que Sera, Sera

Que Sera, Sera

By Norma Sherry

I asked the Great Unknown
What will we be.
Will we ever grow to be good and gracious souls?
And this is what was said,
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be will be

When you, my child are awed by the sight of a beautiful butterfly.
When the sound of a bird chirping gives your heart flight.
When you embrace a newborn baby and the whole world seems right.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When the magnificence of the human potential gives you cause to marvel.
When you are stunned by the horrors perpetrated upon humankind by mankind.
And you worry for the generations that will follow.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When you shake the notion that you are not where you thought you'd be at this time in your life.
When you wish things would have turned out differently.
When you ask yourself, 'are you still a dreamer'?
When you question if you are still passionate about your passions.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

I asked the Great Unknown
What will we be
Will we ever grow to be smart and truly generous of spirit?
And this is what was said,
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be will be

When you face yourself and see yourself for all that you are.
When you ask yourself if you are idealistic.
When you look deep inside and question if the naiveté of your youth has been obliterated by the realities you've witnessed.
When you ask yourself if you could do it all over again, would you do it the same way?
Or if your heart weighs heavily for the sadness in the world around you.
When you are truly concerned about those less fortunate than you.
When being concerned is not enough anymore.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When you decide that there is no excuse for hunger and homelessness, or apathy and disgust and a lack of justice.
When watching the evening news and feeling sad doesn't change a thing.
When you take your frustration, your anger, your sense of right and actually do something of worth for the betterment of others.

When you face that we have become what we detest and positively turn it around.
When you no longer ask yourself, "What are we to do," but instead do something.
When man's inhumanity to man is intolerable and you face it and change it.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When instead of fearing our children will inherit the ills of the world, you make certain they won't.
When you become the best you can be instead of wondering if you are the best you can be.
When you become responsible for your actions and stop using Proverbs to make excuses for you.
When you realize it is not the meek that will inherit the world but those who work to make the world a better place for all of humankind.
When you toss in the trash the foolish notion that might over right is what we sought.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

I asked the Great Unknown
What will we be
Will we ever grow to be kind and deserving?
And this is what was said,
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be will be

When you, my young one will no longer be destined to repeat the mistakes of our past.
When you feel no longer helpless to change that which we despise.
When instead of asking how do we teach our children to be better people, more patient individuals, more inclined to listen, to be thinking, kind persons, we show them by example.
When we stop asking what became of civility and actually become more civil.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When we start listening to each other again.
Not just polite inattentive listening, but truly interested, honestly conversing and sharing the experience listening.
When we stop bickering and finding fault with one another.
When we support each other again.
When we become tolerant of others, their beliefs, their concepts, and
their faiths.
When we stop being so self-righteous, so above every one else.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When we respect each other and protect one another.
When we no longer turn and walk away when there's a scuffle in the street, a spouse doing harm to the other, or even worse, a parent to a child.
When we realize we're all in this together.
When we begin to talk to one another again.
When we realize someone else's opinion does count.
When we understand that we are no better than anyone else?
Perhaps then will you be grown.

When we realize our laws of our land aren't the laws of the world.
When we understand that there is more than one religion.and for some, more than one God.
When we grasp that our ethic is not the only ethic that matters and that others don't hate us because we love freedom, but perhaps because we're just belligerent.
When we exhibit a willingness to learn and study the truth for ourselves.
When we refuse to be led as sheep allowing ourselves to believe the unbelievable, the incomprehensible.
When we learn to question.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

I asked the Great Unknown
What will we be
Will we ever grow to be intellectually wise and truly loving?
And this is what was said,
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be will be

When you realize we are not destined to become what we've detested.
When you comprehend that you can control your destiny.
When you know you are not helpless to defend the defensible.
And that we are not expendable extras on the world stage -
That we're not just along for the ride.
Perhaps then will you be grown.

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be


© Norma Sherry 2004

Norma Sherry is co-founder of, an organization devoted to educating, stimulating, and igniting personal responsibility particularly with regards to our diminishing civil liberties. She is also an award-winning writer/producer and host of television program, The Norma Sherry Show, on WQXT-TV, Florida. Email Norma:

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