A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart,
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
Quote: Donna Roberts
PHOTO: Tensin Choejor: taken of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
Kindness does wonderful things to a face.
To exercise kindness in this time and place is so important. Don’t hesitate. If we reach out with good intentions and compassion seeds are planted. Seeds necessary for survival.
Holy Week is filled with stories. How easy it can be to think these are stories from long ago.
The olive tree, the olive branch… symbols of peace – then and now.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of Syria… pray for peace.
Door of the day… (Old City, Jerusalem Olive Tree, Pinterest)
Live in the present.
Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day.
The future will unfold.
In the midst of chaos there is a common cry… what can we do? Over the last few weeks an energy has stirred. An energy of shared inspiration and a vision for action. I am reminded of my college years when we were vocal about reducing nuclear arms – vocal and active. We knew the danger and we marched to make a difference.
Today we know so much more. We can get information anytime, anywhere. Scary things are surfacing. Things that we suspected back in the 80s but only now see their truth before us. While living through this unsettling change, seeds of distrust are being planted to separate us.
And so, what must we do to believe in one another and believe we can make a difference? Action is called for. In the public square and our neighborhoods. No answer will come to us with ease. As the work is demanding how do we gather energy and find Peace?
One idea- balance the hard work with kindness and acts of compassion.
‘Do all the good you can each day. For the future will unfold.’
Quote – Peace Pilgrim
Image – unknown
For over a year I have posted doors on my Facebook page – a different door each day. That’s 365+. Each has offered a way for the viewer to reflect.
Such as this…
Door of the day… (Cyprus entrance Kykkos monastery -Pinterest) A peaceful entrance into sacred space- may we find our own entrance into a place of peace. Our concerns are always near – let us take this time to renew our faith and commitment to compassion and justice.
Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?
You are me and I am you. Isn’t it obvious that we inter-are? You cultivate the flower in yourself so that I may be beautiful. I transform the garbage in me so that you will not have to suffer. I support you , you support me. I am in this world to offer you peace: you are in this world to bring me joy.
We are one. To some this is good news- others are repelled.
We are one- yet the fear of equality drives wedges between neighbor and friend.
The truth remains… we are one. Bound together by a greater source than could ever be matched by fear or power.
May we find comfort and strength in remembering we are not alone – ever.
Thich Nhit Hanh