It was 32 years ago today. The world was brought to its knees when we lost John Lennon.

John Lennon is displayed on a screen inside the stadium during the Olympics Closing Ceremony (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As much as it seems like only yesterday to me, it’s hard to believe a generation has gone by.  Even so, this week will be highlighted by Paul McCartney performing at Madison Square Garden and the Rolling Stones at the Prudential Center. I can’t help but think if he were alive, there would have been a Lennon citing at one or both of these shows, perhaps recreating the moment he appeared on stage at the Garden in 1974 with Elton John.   I also know that even though he’s not there, his presence will be felt.

If you’re a fan, take a moment today to feel his presence and remember his influence. One of my greatest joys is passing that influence down to my 6 ear old boys Albert and Lennon.  What was your favorite Lennon song or lyric, mine changes almost daily. Here’s todays…

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”