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For pleasant Dreams

Sometimes the things you sleep under are more than physical cover.  These are the photos and items on my headboard in Ghana.  May love prevail in spite of all odds and any physical circumstance that try to intrude on our peace of mind.

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On 24 April 2011, MSNBC posted as a file photo from the AP of two young women  of four members of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps who were working as electoral officials in Daura, Nigeria on day of the presidential elections.  Their job was to check names of individuals presenting themselves to vote.   They are pictured sitting at a table leafing through books and looking serious about their duty with expressions that make parents proud.   It was recently that I found out details about this extraordinary program — Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps — and that it is a mandatory year-long assignment for all Nigerians who graduate from university before the age of 30. Most serve as teachers during their stint, but the April 2011 national elections have brought extra responsibilities and danger to their work.

I don’t know whether these young women were stationed at the polls the day of the violence or if there were four others who were burned alive inside their youth hostel that day.  All I know is that some ‘thing‘ is loose again and that after all of these centuries that we have been on this planet, we have yet to determine how to contain it.  Whatever its name — hate, fear, greed, anger — we need to focus on it as we have on cancer and other deadly diseases or maybe we need to hire some exorcists because personally, I’m tired of the madness and I just got here a couple of decades ago!!  It was already enough 4,000 years ago.  Have we learned nothing?

I realize that  Daura was not the only place in the world that “it” was loose.  It has shown up in small sleepy little towns and big city metropolises, in simple houses and grand mansions, in the workplace and on the playground, in the school house and in the places of worship.  It seems that “it” has no boundaries. Who is letting “it” in?  How can we recognize “it“?  Where does “it” abide?  We must find “it” and arrest, bind, contain, destroy “it“.

It has no shame, no values, no repentance, no ethics, no morals, and appears to have no end.  Will we, can we survive until another great teacher comes? When will enough sacrifices be made?   Can we reach a critical mass of compassion and love before “it” reaches epidemic proportions?

May I begin with this simple gesture of compassion:  To the friends and families of those young people who had such promising lives and whose dreams were stolen on 16 April 2011, I send my deepest condolences.  May 10,000 others take their place in service to their people.  May they rest in peace knowing that their lives touched so many.  These are only words, but they are messengers from my heart a place where “it does not abide.

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At the peak moments of your life, how did you react?

If you look very closely, you will see people in the lower right-hand corner of the above picture.  They are standing on a mountain that reaches high above the clouds.  I can only imagine how awesome this experience was for them.  However, I too have witnessed and beheld some marvelous sights and heard some angelic sounds during my lifetime.
Fully engaged during those times, I have felt
Humbled
Ecstatic
Blessed
Loved
Awed
Grateful

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I share a Vision

with all people (of like mind)

building a world

based on freedom and cooperation.

May our Vision manifest now.

Photographer unknown

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“I was never a victim of the times I lived in.  In fact, I was a success because of the times I lived in.  My style of personality became the style.   I was sort of the New Woman at a very early point.”  – Katherine Hepburn

Well, when you look at the photo above, you can say that her looks didn’t hurt her ability to be a success.  But, for the remainder of the day and on through 2011 and beyond, let us put aside the outer appearance of you girl — which can change and work against you if you are too invested in it.  But let us begin now to focus on that inner quiet beauty that has been gently nagging you over the years to come out and show its face, its creativity, its compassion, its interests, its art, its love, its peace to the world.   All of these gifts are not just for you…we are waiting to see and hear and feel them too!!!  In other words, WE NEED YOU!

To all my Girlfriends and every other friend (whether to me or to others), may you be open and receptive to Health, Wealth, and Manifold Blessings in this new year!

Oh, here is later photo of Lady Katherine with elegance, grace and style Ever-Renewing Woman

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Satisfied

”A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away”.  ~ Antione de Sainte

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Rollo May defined for us ‘integrative power’ as a caring form of power — aligned with love.  Work for social justice, for peace, for overcoming poverty and alienation, for building a more truly humanizing future…is not even possible without a combination of  love and power.  Love itself is not possible without power or self-assertion.  And power without love is easily reduced to manipulation and exploitation.

Thus why the fire can share light without burning once it is arrested.

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