(a day late, but still worth the effort)
I enjoy taking part in this group posting, or action, because it gives me the opportunity to reflect on my view of what Peace is, what it means, where you find it, how to cultivate it, and what other, generally well-known folks have to say about it (check out my 2010 & 2011 posts). I mean, all I do is go to the website, copy and save a template, do a web search of 'women peace quotes', peruse the options, edit, save, upload, and share. this quote, from Ms. Gbowee's Nobel Prize acceptance speech invoked a powerful imagery for me, that spoke to my own sense of moral outrage on behalf of not only 'our children', but 'their land'.
it speaks to my armchair ideals, and how nice it is (not really, but I take you for intelligent readers) to be among the educated poor in the Northeast section of North America. and that perspective comes to me directly from women halfway around the world, who find the strength to face death at the hands of warlords while mothering their children. I can get wrapped so tight in the evenings, because I didn't use any time during the day to wash the dishes from breakfast, and now I have to wash them all in order to make dinner...poor me. are you feeling any sympathy yet? yeah. me neither.
there's been a great deal of psychic stress in the air, lately, as I discussed on here before - what with it being Samhain (Halloween), Dia de los Muertos, and the veil being thin, the change in seasons, the American elections, the upcoming planetary occurrence, environmental anomalies, and the seeming evolution in the consciousness of the collective human-mind... that's a lot of stuff. and I realized that, given my position in This existence at This time, I haven't been doing my Earthly job very well at all.
if you go with the idea that what We are is a ball of luminescent energy burning with the power and intensity of a thousand suns, and add to that my beliefs formed over many long years in deep, profound congress with connecting to my inmost being, and discovering that to serve my highest purpose is to spend every ounce of effort in this Earthly body in the pure and uninterrupted harmonizing of the instrument I inhabit to the vibrations of the Universal Peace and Love through which it came to be, and through which it continues to perpetuate, eternally - than the least I can do for this world, and I do mean the very least, is take the opportunity as a relatively well-positioned, educated, poor, single mama to make sure that nonsense like freaking over the dishes not disturb the cone of love and supporting energy that I need to keep raised and flowing towards my sisters who live on the front lines, all day, every day.
Dona Nobis Pacem - Grant Us Peace, that all children may know the joy, the wonder, the beauty, of the incredible gift it can be to live on this amazing planet. truly, we are all blessed.
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Amen to that. Dona Nobis Pacem - Grant us peace.ReplyDelete
Well said. I shall remember this the next time I freak out over not having a clean coffee cup in the morning.ReplyDelete
Peace to you and yours.
You're absolutely right...words such as Leymah Gbowee's puts our lives and our 'problems' in perspective. Yours is a very thoughtful post. Peace to you and yours!ReplyDelete
(A link to your post will be on "Peace Bloggers Unite" later)
thank you, glad to add my two cents - peace to you as well ♥Delete
"who find the strength to face death at the hands of warlords while mothering their children"ReplyDelete
Thank you for being here once again.
thank YOU Mimi, for reminding us all to take this opportunity to reflect...Delete
Good reminder. Yes, the energy has been wild lately, even my computer went a bit freaky. And no, I haven't been at all good at inner peace this year. :-\ReplyDelete
I love your analogy on the dish washing vs warlords. Yesa, it does indeed put it into perspective!
i can't believe I've missed all three times you've taken part in blogblast, but then it's grown so big I rarely get to read everyone, as I did the first time I took part. SAd that the more people join the less easy it is to actuqally read everyone, but at least I did get a heads up from others that your post was worth hunting out and reading. :-)
Best peace blessings to you.
what a lovely thing to say, Michelle, thank you for visiting! yes, I have to keep going back to see all the other contributions, too.Delete