"Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope." -
Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of The USA
As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace , and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect upon my previous thoughts. I ponder upon my first few opening lines that I usually begin my thoughts with. I ask myself, why I even began to open my thoughts with these lines? It was because: when writing thoughts, we have to be in a space that unites the public self with the private self. A space the requires a type of quietness, so that the ability to allow the pen to flow with the paper arises. This is the metaphoric land that I refer to when I begin my writing.
As I am traversed into this "land" I have met road bumps, and as we have all witnessed - the cruelty of terror, the unmasking of deceptive leadership, and the strings of deaths. All of these happenings, can affect anyone. It will affect everyone at the psychological / emotional level. The danger is that these trauma's become so large that they will manifest themselves physically, into stroke or even heart attacks. This is why when we feel the pain of trauma creeping, it is important to express these through an outlet that is healthy, such as physical activity, or the expressive arts, etc.
I think that for me right now, it is about writing these truths and sharing them. To me creating an awareness, and allowing others to know gives me a sense of some what - peace. Because not everyone will understand what you are trying to say through a conversation. And sometimes it is better to leave certain things unsaid. Simply to let others figure out what is not being told.
So as 2016 comes to a close, I thought to myself that yes, there has been an influx of negativity, harsh brutal negativity, but there has also been many positive moments, particularly for displaced communities, especially the people of Syria who have been living through the horror of war. Also yesterday we witnessed the Japanese President Shinzo who sent heartfelt thoughts, as he visited Pearl Harbor. This was a historic moment, and will be honored by our President - Elect Donald Trump. In his visit Shinzo offered thoughts of everlasting peace for both nations. War is easy. It is easy to take up arms, but having the courage to forgive, that requires the vastness of the heart.
"I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here" Shinzo Abe - Japanese Prime Minister
(27th December 2016, NYT Politics)
Blossoms Beautify Beginnings - Shazia 2014
We also just recently learned of the historic US decision by the current administration that allowed the U.N resolution to pass. This was a resolution that was condemning West Bank and East Jerusalem Settlements. In the words of Israel's President he claims that: This will make the Palestinian situation more difficult and "drive peace further way" - The Obama administration has actually used this vote as an intentional move to once again protect his own presidential legacy, without honoring the relationship between the nations of Israel and the United States of America. And also another road bump to harm the peaceful transfer of power to President Elect Donald Trump.
We all want peace in the Middle East, just as the war in Syria, or other parts of the world, such as Kashmir, or Africa where the children are hunger stricken, or don't even have access to clean water. The US vote could also be a something for President - Elect Donald Trump to think about. How can we keep good relations with the nation of Israel, and also find a peaceful resolution of the Middle East? The timing of this US vote can be called into question as it creates tensions between two nations that are strong allies.
Creating such an awareness of world issues requires courage. Once someone has come into this awareness, it actually becomes a duty to share this learning., because ultimately the invisible price of being an educator is the social responsibility. It is not about taking a side, it is about serving to the best of your ability, with an unbiased lens, thinking about what is best for all.
As we move into 2017, as well as my own personal goals, it is my hope that all parties arrive as a parity so that President - Elect Donald Trump can have a peaceful inauguration. The transfer of power historically in the USA has been one of peace, let us hope that this history also continues with our new President, for those that have supported him, and for those who have opposed him, I say: give him a chance, Ultimately he would not have ran for President if he did not have the passion to make a difference. He found his passion through the bitter pain that has divided America. Is it now time to show the world what a United Strong America can achieve. Let us hope for working together for a strong safe United States Of America. Countries of the world look to USA for hope, let us heal our divides.
2017 - May there be Love, Health, Blessings and Peace! :)
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to all beings, and to the United States of America. Let us heal our divides, and build a strong nation, for the generations whose eyes are hungry for peace. my thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand written on December 27th 2016
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