Forth........Take Courage By The Hand!!!
is a sunny Christmas afternoon as I sit here writing this newsletter
to share with you. I have often realized that Im sowing seeds
for the present and future as I share my thoughts and feelings in this
format. Even though it is late December in many ways it feels and looks
like a Spring day. Its mild; the grass is somewhat green; the
trees are partially greening, partially not!
As I imagine
a Springlike March atmosphere I cannot help but wonder how many more
graves we will dig for those we kill in Iraq; how many more lies well
believe by our government; how mute some of us will remain in the face
of daunting challenges. I dont wonder what keeps us silent. Its
fear! Its unwillingness to get involved. Its unwillingness
to give up our seeming comfortableness as we choke to death on the lies
and facelessness of our lives. Im not by any means immune to those
feelings. What moves me out of them is my willingness to look myself
or someone else squarely in the face and answer the call that says,
"Do something! Please!" I truly cant listen to that
voice any longer and not do something! It is called building the foundation
of my life--- make a difference; that feels like the essence of Spring
in so many ways. Be the little green shoot that undeniably pushes up
through the cement and announces, "Here I am." This scenario
reminds me of something I was reading recently about self-worth, feeling
worthy. I think of the soldiers and their families who are so bravely
speaking out against the war in Iraq. The government that is supposedly
"of the people, for the people, by the people..." This is
government at its best--- standing up to wrongdoing, demanding honesty,
not standing idly by while hideous brutality continues, while people
are detained without benefit of explanation, representation, fair trial.
All of these activities remind me of that little green shoot that knows
its own power and triumphs over every circumstance. We, too, are that
little green shoot. The Spirit of our lives is calling to us at this
vibrant time saying, "You are not alone." Speak up!!! Speak
out so others can hear you; so others can join you!!!
to me that this month is part of the gestation period for a brand new
day. In 8 months we will have a chance to make our voices heard again.
Prepare for this new day please by registering to vote. Lay a pattern
in your soul that lets everybody know that you count! Lay a pattern
in your soul that says, "I believe in due process. I believe in
the power of the people." Lay a pattern in your soul that says,
"I honorably put my cards on the table in all I think, say, and
do." Build a brand new day for yourself and your world. Read something
other than the "party line" news that ignores candidates like
Dennis Kucinich and Carol Mosely Braun. Ask yourself why do you hear
nothing about these candidates? Know that its not because theyre
not capable!!! Far from it. All of this reminds me so clearly that theres
so much more to life than what is easily seen; so much more than what
were being spoon fed! I want to know whos holding the spoon?
If its not me or someone I trust I dont want it! Do you?
It is so
very important to me to be brave, be compassionate, be worthy, be alive!...
Have a heart, use my brain, use my voice. Spring is bursting forth with
new life, with new vision. I treasure my new green shoots! I will be
feeding them the ultimate gifts of courage, strength, compassion, love,
and collaboration. We are not alone! The world is hungering for our
selfless gift of caring------- and knowing that we matter!! We matter!
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