The final word…

Love

God. Christ. Buddha. Muhammad. Krishna. MLK. You.

“I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.”
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Couldn’t not write a truly final “peace” blog on the last day of May, when every corner of this earth is suffering. No one ~with compassion ~is experiencing peace right now. What, pray tell, are the right words for this day? I think we all know, deep in our hearts, underneath the pain.

The first word is love. The last word is love. And everything in between has to be love. There’s so much hatred right now. Suffering. Anger. Frustration. Pain. Sickness. Hopelessness. Fear- of the past and the future.

what to do?

Endure. Persevere. Observe. Forgive. Love. Give. Serve. Have faith. Be present.

how?

Read (and forward!) the below poem forwarded to me by my wise friend Laura. Congratulate a graduate on their virtual or drive thru graduation. Stay tuned in to what is happening in our cities today. Give -monetarily, if you can, to those organizations promoting peace-love-positivity, through their actions and their inspirations. (two ideas featured below.)

The picture above was taken today as I was enjoying the virtual Grateful Dead service put on by the Community Church of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff (below, and well worth taking the time to enjoy yourself. ) It moved me. Literally, as if I wasn’t choked up enough- while I was watching an earthquake hit, and shook me up.

I didn’t post this picture to rub in the beauty of my present setting. It just perfectly represented the dichotomy of this day. This life. Music, message and meditation providing endurance during what feels like end of the world times. A “red cross” pillow in my room, and a butterfly taped to the window to keep the diving sparrows and finches from knocking themselves out. Two symbols with great meaning, that provide me with reassurance and hope for the future. And this state I’m in; Great beauty on the surface, deep disturbance on the inside today. There is loads of fear in the air, everywhere it seems, and much more love abounds. Sitting watching injustice is torture. Acting, serving, supporting…loving in the face of injustice is healing. And life-giving.

How you choose to love and be grateful is your choice.

It might be argued, it is also your responsibility.

How are you showing love and gratitude today?

Make it good.

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GOOD BONES
by Maggie Smith

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.

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Read about the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, friends patrolling our streets this weekend, helping fallen civilians, policemen in cars under attack. Protecting peaceful protesters, saving news reporters being beaten for doing their jobs. All in addition to responding to shootings and homicides in our neighborhoods, and handing out Covid safety kits, food and supplies to the underserved. These are the hands and feet of peace, working tirelessly to bring light to overlooked dark corners. Please do consider supporting the Institute for Nonviolence-I promise it will bring peace to someone, and most likely yourself.

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And for inspiration: Watch this virtual message, music and inspiration in the best-yet Community Church/LF/LB4th Annual Grateful Dead service. Link below- wordpress & utube no longer getting along – go figure- click link here~ https://youtu.be/HQAm7s5OSwg

” We will survive” ~ The Grateful Dead

~ peace ~

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jen Pen

    Thanks again for all your advocacy work and caring words.
    Peace be with you.
    I am also grateful for LFLB Community Church.

  2. Katherine B

    Love this. Just donated to Institute for Nonviolent Peace. Have been meaning to and need to do something in light of all thats going on. Namaste. xoxo

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