Monday, May 2, 2011

Contemplating Paradise Among Friends

Picture Poem by, J.B.

If all is well with the Internet, you will find a much better photo of our friend Jackie's Picture Poem today. Because it melted a few times after it was posted orginally on the Peace Garden, our friend, Lyn, sent me another version of it, & hopefully the beautiful image will hold up better. Thank you Lyn! I decided to add her wording so it could be easily read, just in case it melts again, but hopefully not this time. Jackie has a most compelling story, & below are aspects of what she so generously shared with us-

P - place of peace of mind and happiness

A - attitude of joy

R - richness of heart

A - approaching life with zest

D - devotion to God

I - insight to contentment

S - splendor and glory

E - excitement of living

Yesterday I attended the monthly Devotional that our friends from our Interfaith group share with the community. The best way to explain is to share John & Lyn's own words with you all-

"This month, we plan to explore the concept of paradise… and what it means to each of us. Please join us and bring your thoughts, prayers, poetry, readings, songs and/or art project that you would like to share with the group.

May 2nd is the 12th Day of Ridvan in the Baha’i Faith—a holy day for us. Your presence on the 1st will help us in our remembrance of those special days—the Days of Ridvan (Days of Paradise)."

The Interfaith group of which my husband & I belong have representatives of the various faiths of our community of which at this time are- Native American, Jewish, Islam, the various Christian communities, Baha'i Faith, & others.

Enclosed is a picture poem by one of our dear friends Jackie, of whom gave her permission to share this lovely work with you all.

Enjoy your day, & may peace be with now & forever more-

Before closing for today, I have a link to add-

"Friends, genuine friends, are attracted by a warm heart, not money, not power. A genuine friend considers you as just another human being, as a brother or sister, and shows affection on that level, regardless of whether you are rich or poor, or in a high position; that is a genuine friend."

At breakfast this morning my husband told me that I was, "chasing the elusive ghost of peace".

In this brief physical life that we all dance amidst the winds, we do have choices- to promote peace & goodwill among all individuals, neighborhoods & nations, or to embrace an eye for an eye. As Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind." He also said, "It is possible to live in peace."

That truly is the only workable & lasting way of the plowshare, for the swords, no matter who holds one, it will never, ever be the needed solutation, for

"peace on earth".



It seems Jackie's Picture Poem, has melted away, *oye, we'll see what can be done, as that too is the way of the world, as it does all melt... , but yeah, there are solutions & I do think now due to the help of our friend Lyn, we have at least for now, have found a solution, to the picture that is!

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