October 23, 2014
How a man defines himself by his own choices,
and not by his father’s hate.
I had originally planned to give you some jokes for a light-hearted post today. But yesterday I was surfing the Net and on the Huffington Post TED WEEKENDS page I noticed a most unusual article titled: “I’m Tired of Hating People” — A Growing Movement Based in Love.
I was fascinated by the article and then watched a TEDTalk given by the son of a terrorist. In it, Zak Ebrahim, whose father was convicted of plotting to bomb tunnels, bridges and even the United Nations headquarter, shares how he chose to follow a more loving path.
When Zak decided to tell his mother that he no longer wanted to judge people on arbitrary measures like a person’s race or religion, she wearily responded: “I’m tired of hating people.”
If you are tired of the animosity so many people feel for others that are not like them, please watch this inspiring video. It can give you hope that not all children raised by bigoted parents continue their family’s view of others. Some reject a path of bullying, bigotry, and violence.
October 9, 2014
Here’s another post on the lighter side of life.
If you are a grandparent, perhaps you may want to use this system for your phone:
Good morning . . . At present we are not at home but, please leave your message after you hear the beep.
If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of “arrival” so we know who it is.
If you need us to stay with the children, press 2
If you want to borrow the car, press 3
If you want us to wash your clothes and iron them, press 4
If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5
If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6
If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7
If you want to come to eat here, press 8
If you need money, press 9
If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, take us to the theater, start talking. We are listening !!!!!!!!!!!
October 6, 2014
“Hope is music in the heart.”
In a world that seems more crazy and uncertain every day, it can feel as though there is less and less for which we can be hopeful. But perhaps that is the very reason we need to be reminded of a story I first heard many years ago.
It tells about how one man created music to prevent war from taking away his joy. I think we all need to find a way to express the music of hope that is in our hearts.
After you’ve read this story, I will tell you how I have been able to hold hope in my heart and overcome a serious disability.
It was 1994. Daily, the city of Sarajevo was under siege. Mortars and artillery fire instantly transformed once beautiful buildings into rubble. Sarajevo’s citizens were frightened, weary and increasingly despondent. Then, one February day, a mortar shell exploded in the market killing 68 civilians. Many more were wounded and maimed from the blast.
A cellist with the Sarajevo symphony could no longer stand the killing. He took his cello to the market, sat down amidst the rubble and played a concert. When he finished, he simply took up his instrument and left.
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