Dona nobis pacem

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January 20, 2017 ~

 Dona nobis pacem. Give us peace.

~ I will Never stop striving for and serving compassion, intelligent awareness, inclusive equity, honor, courageous vision, and a hope born of faith in a miraculous world. In direct contrast with todays inflammatory inaugural speech of “he who shall not be named”, I Know the great gifts of this land, its people, the democracy, the integrity of past leaders and every citizen.  My life’s work will always aspire to serve the human need for peace, for understanding & compassion, for “life, liberty and the pursuit  of happiness.” Oh yes, how trite the old cliche, the national motto ~ but read it again: Isn’t the essence of our conflict found within our Fear of the loss of “life”, the loss of “liberty” and the eternally elusive “pursuit of happiness”?

Dona nobis pacem ~ Give us peace. “Stronger together.” “Yes, we can!”  Never forget.

 

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Ancora imparo ~ I am still learning ~ Michelangelo

Light

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Light.

Insight, clarity, illumination, warmth, health, ~guiding , always returning, constant gift.

We receive the light ~ and then we impart it~ Thus we repair the world. ~ the Kabbalah

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When we truly see, what do we learn? When we know our truth, how do we act? When we live our values, where is our courage? When we offer compassion, yet stand for what is just, who is our guide?

The New Year brings questions, fears and amazing light ~ The challenge is to see, to know, to live with compassion in the midst of challenge, to own this gift of returning, eternal light ~ and find courage to act and “be the change we wish to see in the world” ~always.

The wise take care of everyone and abandon no one. They take care of all things and abandon nothing. This is called ‘following the light.’ ~ verse 27, The Tao Te Ching

Reclaiming Resilience through Gratitude

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Perhaps if we recognize that which we are thankful for, we will realize our resilient nature ~ 

and through our gratitude for being alive, we will stand secure,

~dedicated to what is just, equitable and blessed for ALL living things.

The choice is always ours: to claim resilience and faith, or to lapse into fear and uncertainty.

May this Thanksgiving Day be hopeful. May we all find compassion for each other.

“We MUST be the change we wish to see in the world.”

GANDHI

Compassion ~ or Conflict ~ Our Choice

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WHAT UNITES US AS HUMAN BEINGS IS THE ASPIRATION TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER, MORE COMPASSIONATE, WITH LESS CONFLICT, LESS HATE AND HARDSHIP, AND WITH MORE TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. 

~ ELIE WIESEL (1928-2016)

 

aspiration today: to let go of fear and conflict, to embrace hope and compassion, to see the common unifying principles between all people ~ and to completely live a life based on such a path…..It is all I really have to give and to receive within this life, with gratitude.

In the woods, we return to reason and faith. ~ R.W. Emerson

today: I will walk there, where faith is found and reason is regained, praying for peace and wise leadership within the world.

 

RISK

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A journey of resilience involves taking risks to preserve a life of respect, trust, compassion and intelligent community.  

Many times, for days, I have tried to write this ~ one last call concerning leadership. I have started paragraphs and pages – crossed out and thrown out – started over again & again – attempting to  write my insistent truth without insulting or hurting. This blog has for years been titled Journey of Resilience, discovering and defining a positive path….yet I keep arriving at one simple thought; the only possible last piece of a long intense conversation. I ask you to share this as part of your personal conversations during the next few weeks. ~

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR D. TRUMP. ~IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE for me TO RESPECT OR TRUST ANYONE WHO DOES. IF THIS IS YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU ARE CLOSE TO, please don’t tell me. Please CONTINUE TO SEARCH YOUR HEART & MIND FOR WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL.

Vote for anyone else ~ or no one. It is beyond comprehension among intelligent, compassionate human beings and hundreds of respected global leaders that an individual, such as Trump, -a vulgar, angry, intolerant, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, racist, anti-philanthropist – could be rewarded with the most powerful and honored office in the world! This individual could be the leader of our country, of the free world, and the representative of all Americans?

IF TRUMP IS ELECTED. WE WILL ALL BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE BURDEN OF GUILT, FOR NOT HAVING DONE ENOUGH TO STOP HIM.

“It takes a village” to tear down walls and build bridges. We have inherited a country based on the highest standards of living in the world ~ compassion, peace, equality, hope.  WE RISK losing those standards….if we do not RISK challenging those who would destroy them.

“When the diagnosis is correct, the healing begins.” ~ Carl Jung

 

Lost and Found

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Look at the ending of this day ~ perhaps a day of amazement, or one of struggle. Look how quickly the light changes. While much is lost ~ youth, trust, love, peace, ~ so much more is found, over & over, in perpetual resilience. How is it that we begin again & again with a renewed hope, a found optimism, a release of fear and loss? What gifts! Embrace the lost; open to the found. Look now at this moving air and light, as the earth turns over to a new night.

 

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The season of transition is here ~ between people, lands, sun and sea ~ somehow, we let go of angry rhetoric, a sense of loss & being lost, knowing words can never harm unless we give them power ~ Somehow, we are given the strength to rise, like a new day, in the resilient crazy optimism of innocence. Or is it the mature intelligence of experience? No matter who wins and who loses ~ or what is lost and what may be found~ OH! How we are gifted/blessed/empowered and absolutely called to change this beautiful world only for the better! 

Compassion, empathy, tolerance, intelligent conversation, mindfulness, listening…and silently absorbing the given light. Being glad, grateful, gracious! We ARE all one….and “STRONGER TOGETHER.” Continue the conversations. Walk through those open doors. Reject anger. Offer resilience. ~

(you will not believe this, but a white dove just flew very close to my face at my window as I was writing……then perched on a branch & stopped to look straight at me. Amazing grace)

 

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(photos of Pacific Ocean,Oregon coast, August 31, 2016 sunset)

 

 

“Stronger Together” ~ We Are the World

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Peace Corps, 2011

WE are the World!  WE are the children.

We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day,

So let’s start giving.

(Jackson/Richie)

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new life, 2012

Now it begins, Now we start.

One hand, One heart.

(Sondheim/Bernstein)

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Peace Corps 2011

“Stronger Together” ~ a diversified world community.

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 family 1989

WE must be the Change we wish to see in the World!!!

(Gandhi)