“Who’s to say if I’ve been changed for the better? Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

“I’ve heard it said, that people come into our lives, for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return,”

One of my favorite songs lately has been “For Good” from the musical Wicked. I’ve been listening to it and thinking on the people in my life who have had the greatest impact on my growth. Each step of the way I ask: “who’s to say if I’ve been changed for the better? Because I knew you, I have been changed for good”. My life has been sincerely impacted by your presence in it, and I will never be as I once was.

The imagery is similar to one of my favorite quotes… “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”

For good (permanently) or for good (It was necessary for my growth), I’ll take it. I’ll cherish the memories, the moments, the handprints on my heart. It may not all be for the better, yet I do know that it is for [my] good.

“For Good” (Wicked)

(Glinda):
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda):
Because I knew you

(Both):
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for

(Glinda):
But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share

(Both):
And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda):
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba):
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both):
Who can say if I’ve been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda):
And because I knew you…

(Elphaba):
Because I knew you…

(Both):
Because I knew you…
I have been changed for good…