what is freedom?

White and Black children

Freedom is not given to us
by anyone;
we have to cultivate it ourselves.
It is a daily practice.

Thich Nhat Hanh
(Photo by Kurniadi Lham)


Agreed!! Thank you, David Kanigan.  

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Source: Indexed – Existential Heartburn

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A cry for comfort and safety

(Vietnamese brother comforting baby sister )

I wake this morning with few words and an aching heart.

I share this image as an icon of comfort and compassion – a human response at any age. 

I share this prayer as a way to express the thoughts I carry deep within. 

For Nice, France

“God have mercy on all those who have lost their lives without reason. Lift them up in your strong arms and hold them close. Receive them into a place where there is no more terror or sorrow. Help the injured to recover. Guard them from further pain. Comfort the families with deep compassion. Give them a sense of your presence as they search for a way to bear their grief. And pour your Spirit into this broken world. Let your love run like waters of life into every mind and heart. Show us how to confront what we cannot comprehend and stop the sacrifice of so many innocent lives.”

quote: Bishop Steven Charleston
image: Vietnamese siblings, taken by Na Son Nguyen, 2007

Acts of kindness 

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.  AESOP

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T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week (80 sec)

Some days just have to be called ‘Friday’. Fortunately today there is no doubt –
Have a great weekend!! (Thank you, David Kanigan)

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Greener grass and fences

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.


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For Istanbul 

Another act of senseless, yet intentional violence. So disturbing, so heartbreaking, so dangerous.

In these moments of horror and destruction we can find the courage to move into this danger. Move in to collect all shattered hope. To remold and hold that hope until those wading in the rubble can gather their balance and look beyond, able to imagine a future.

We must rise above fear and sit. Sit with those grieving and injured in their sadness and hopelessness until hope returns.

quote- Alive Now