The Inspiration Nation

May 30, 2007

Remembering on Memorial Day those who left a legacy of love and peace

Filed under: Gratitude, Love, Relationships — tshombe @ 4:38 am

Wouldn’t it be amazing if on Memorial Day we remembered those enlightened "peacemongers" among us who have died? 

Can you imagine the inevitable raising of human consciousness if Americans (and indeed, the whole world) collectively set their attention on the inspirational lives of advocates of peace the likes of MLK, Jr., Jesus, Buddha, and others.

Who did you remember on Memorial Day?

Most recently, my partner’s step-grandmother, Marian Dieken, died on Wednesday, May 23 at age 89.  You can read her obituary (and see a photo) by clicking HERE.  Marian leaves a rich legacy of love and peace to family and friends, who remembered her on Memorial Day and every day.

The last couple of days, I had been thinking about a particular Memorial Day in 2001 (May 27).  Today, I came across an old journal entry that I had written on that day, and I want to share it with you today.

To tell the truth, I rolled over in my head a couple of times whether to offer the thoughts publicly here or not (It will become clear why when you read them), but decided that I owe it to myself and to you to always be open and transparent about my politics, my opinions, and about what I value and hold dear.

Here are my Memorial Day thoughts, dated Monday, May 27 (2001):

Today’s Memorial Day, supposedly a day to remember U.S. Veterans who died in the line of duty.  I’m still struggling with what it means to be an American & still very unsure of whether those Veterans died for me — in the larger sense — Obviously on an individual level they did not.

Being drafted is hardly voluntary & even if an American voluntarily takes up the National Rifle, I am opposed to any armed conflict that amounts to cold blooded, premeditated, calculated murder.  It transforms the human into the animal:  The solier both acts animalistic and views ‘the other’ as an animal.  He cannot/does not/won’t relate to the would-be victim nor afford him/her humanity, such that violent & ugly barbarity is justified.

No, as I consider Memorial Day, it is not fallen American soldiers that I remember.

Today, I remember Granddad & his cigarettes & the medium-sized decorative shell Mom bgave him in lieu of an ash-tray.  Brown sugar coated graham crackers.  Black cherry ice cream.  The new suit Grandad bought me over 20 years ago (Dapper?) with the round tan patches on the elbows & Aunt Cookie’s mild jealously.  Bad breath.  Morning news.  Coffee table cluttered with newspapers.  "Boy, why  you sleeping in the raw?"

I remember.

Who touched your life meaningfully, powerfully?

Who do you remember?

How is your life impacted as a result? 

 

May 29, 2007

Waging Peace on Memorial Day in the tradition of John Lennon

Filed under: Law of Attraction / Resonance — tshombe @ 12:29 am

In America, the last Monday in May is a day to commemorate Americans slain in battles defending the country. This year, Memorial Day is today: Monday, May 28.

Respect for the fallen is a good thing. Yet, there is nothing good or inspiring about any war itself, including (and perhaps especially) the untimely deaths it causes.

No one wins in war, because it always attracts more of what we don’t want.

Peace is the universal desire of all humankind; when we talk of peace, we are inspired. Imagine what our world would be like if we waged peace, rather than war.

That’s inspiration, and that’s what you and I have the absolute power to attract more of in our life and in the world.

Though he died nearly 30 years ago, I believe John Lennon’s legacy still supports the proactive choice all of us have to wage and pursue peace in our world.

You remember his words, don’t you?

You can listen again here, as you follow along with the lyrics below. (The audio requires RealPlayer. If you do not have RealPlayer on your computer, you may download it for free at the RealPlayer website)

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

It may initially seem like a colossal undertaking to wage peace on a global scale, but what can you do in smaller ways to actively pursue peace with your spouse, partner, child, employee, neighbor, friend?

May 14, 2007

Tell your mother how great she is and how much you love her

Filed under: Gratitude, Love, Relationships — tshombe @ 5:31 pm

Did you call (or visit) your mother yesterday on Mother’s Day to tell her how great she is?  Listen to Tim Sanders’ retelling of a Pizza Hut story that will inspire you to do so on Mother’s Day and any and every day.

I know you love your mother.  Remember to tell her often.

 

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