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.
The Purple Heart
The truth is that I think learning can take place anywhere, not only for the purposes of intellectual growth, but also for personal development as well. This is how I felt when I witnessed the Purple Heart Award ceremony at the recent baseball game I watched at Buffalo, New York. I was happy that I got to watch this because I learned of the significance of the Purple Heart award during these pre - ceremonies.
Photos of Purple Heart Award Recipients
Connection To Self The other day my daughter said to me:Mama I thought purple was one of your favourite colors? My mind began to wonder - I remembered the time that I had this purple salwar kammez (south - asian traditional dress). I remembered wearing it over and over again, during my teen years. I had this obsession with this particular pair, and would wear it all of the time. I wouldn't say purple was the favourite color, but it was a color that I liked. I grew detached from this color because of certain life experiences that were linked to it. I started to become angry and upset even when purple was mentioned. Yet, I always tried to moved beyond the painful memories to appreciate this color. I love all colors, without color life would be a bit boring, colors enrich life.
Psychology Today Article
I sometimes walked past purple flowers and looked at them, I told myself: Shazia, these flowers are innocent look at their beauty, what have they done to you? I was trying to convince myself to move beyond the painful memories attached to this color. It did not work. However learning about the Purple Heart award has helped me to once again appreciate this color, and not even that it has eased the painful memory as well. This is the beauty of learning, personal development, and growth, it can happen anywhere. As I saw the smiles, clapped as the recipients received their Purple Heart awards, I somehow embraced their wounds, and forgot about my own. :)
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to all beings who have been wounded through war, and to family members who have lost loved ones due to the wounds of war. My thoughts to share with love & kindness.
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written of July 7th and were completed on July 8th.