Amidst all the events regarding the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina I chose these quotes which resonate in my mind. My prayers are with the victim’s families. I hope there they are surrounded with light and the guidance of God and their respective angels. As one of the family members decreed: “Love will win.” Peace to all.
“Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.”
– Celtic Benediction
“We must accept finite disappointment
but we must never lose infinite hope.”
– Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
* And Because I could not stick to just three, here are a few more:
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” -Maya Angelou
“Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” – James Baldwin
I would ask my students to collect quotes and bring them in for a deep discussion on the first Friday of the month. The discussions were very powerful and students learned about writing and most importantly why we use quotes and why people feel they need to quote others. Anyway, these are my three of my favorite quotes:
“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.”
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
– Harper Lee
“A day is a miniature eternity.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo by Gladys Acosta (c) 2015
Blue Angel from the Heavens above
Fill the earth with lots of love
I pray that
everytime we look up at the stars
we remind ourselves
of our oneness.
In the light
so bright, and warm
like in a mother’s womb
we are one.
“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
Dreams are often forgotten once you wake up. I try desperately to hang on to my dreams. I mentioned before that I dream in 3D and high-definition or Technicolor. I have made it a habit to keep a pad by my bed so I can sketch the parts I remember. I really do not recognize anyone in my dreams except on the rare occasions when I dream about my dad or mom who are now both deceased. Sometimes I dream about my children. Sometimes they appear as youngsters and most times as they are in the present. When I wake up I will remember most of the details and if something seems fuzzy I start to worry until I call them to hear their voices.
I have been trying to connect with my guardian angel these last few days. The other night I had a dream that just did not make sense to me at all. I was in a place I had never seen and I seemed at ease with all the people who appeared in my dream. I did not recognize anyone though. Everyone seemed to be related and they resembled each other except for the one whose image I ended up drawing. I felt at ease and loved. She told me one thing over and over again: “Breathe!”
I had noticed I was feeling out of breath lately. So I took deep breaths as often as I could. I immediately felt energized. I prayed. I asked this being to help a friend that was going through hard times. The next thing I know is that a call came in from my friend and she told me the problem she had was gone. I felt so accomplished. So was it my prayer, the angel’s suggestion or just a coincidence? I will probably never know. What do you think? Is she an angel?