Feels Like Fall, Thoughts on Peace

I walked this morning and I was cold for the first time in a very long time. Fortunately, I’d brought my camera to capture some images that reflected fall’s arrival. It’s soft this year, not sudden, but it’s definitely there in the back porch unlacing its boots and planning to stay awhile. With the aftermath of violence and tragedy unfolding in this corner of our vast country, it’s comforting to just walk, notice the flowers, and wish for peace and comfort for the victims and the wider community.

I use the program Grammarly and as I’m working on this the program is looking on disapprovingly. When you can’t have your elders right in the room, Grammarly helps cut you down to size. Thanks, Grammarly.

Have a happy day. – Lori

Everything passes; nothing remains. Understand this, loosen your grip and find serenity.

Lama Surya Das, Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be
There are no sunflowers in my garden this season. These sunflowers belong to my neighbour.

If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

Desmond Tutu

Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams, pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind.
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do, crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind

(Now) don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy.

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind, everything is dust in the wind.

Kerry Livgren, Dust in the Wind, performed by Kansas

Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
 The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
 The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
 All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:4-7

1 Comments on “Feels Like Fall, Thoughts on Peace”

  1. The world feels mad now–wars, climate disasters, threats to democracy across the globe. I recently visted the beaches of Normandy, where in 1944, soldiers from the UK, Canada and the States finally freed the world of the fascist SS who had taken 20 million lives in their quest for a Thousand Year Reich. Such foolishness, such tragic waste, these notions of FOREVER power. They never last, but they cost soooo much.

    Peace, as you underscore here. Hope. A world united in love, not shattered by hate and greed. We must dedicate our energies to that, come what may.

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