My Post is in response to the quote below and the fabulous picture and story by Leada Gore below.
“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” – – Doc Hastings
I LOVE my country. To this day when I hear the Star Spangled Banner or recite the pledge, as I’ve done hundreds of times before, my heart is filled with reverence and the deepest gratitude. It is an honor to stand at attention for the sacrifices so many have made, life and limb and mind. I know I have not earned this freedom I have been given; but I will work every day to cherish and respect it’s blessings. It is what I do with this freedom that matters: creating peace, sharing the wealth, holding all people sacred. If I can lighten the load of another, I will do it.
PEACE and JOY and RESPECT to all. Thank you.
Michael Langston with Worrell Contracting, cleans the headstones at Mobile National Cemetery Friday, May 25, 2012 in preparation for Memorial Day Monday, May 28. The Memorial Day service at the cemetery is set for 9:00 am. (Press-Register, Bill Starling)Bill Starling | AL.com Contributor
India was a spiritual buffet, a great feast for the soul. There were so many new tastes and smells and sounds and heart tuggings in one space. One must venture out of their own back yard often.
Where to begin? Ahhh, that is a most spicy question with so many answers! There is so much to say and only so much time to write. I’ll start with my favorite and let the words pour from my soul. There is enough juicy material for a very long time. Our group started the adventure as a way to work on our books, to experience and support one another. We ended up writing new chapters in our own life stories…One of our goals was to meet the children in the Himalayas and bring supplies to the homes of the people.
Upon first sight, I fell in love. There is so much GOLD in the SOULS of the children. Their hearts are so tender an and full of hope. Their thoughts are on what they have, not what they lack. The first thing they did was sing a song of “We Shall Overcome.” The sweet sounds of innocent voices aware of their situations but not letting it hold them down was uplifting and even enlightening. Their music sounded like an angels choir. Nothing is sweeter to my ears than the sounds of children gathering to sing. My heart was full. Then they sang their national anthem, while a young man full of passion and vigor beat a drum in accompaniment. When the children heard the drums, their smiles grew wide and they belted the song even more. After the song, each of the children got to beat the drum. Sound is a powerful, soul changing tool. I watched in amazement as each child first did a light tap on the drum, and then a strong beat that bellowed a big sound. BOOM! I witnessed the empowerment that the drum sound gave to each child. A shy, timid, young girl sat taller in her chair that day.
Then I was so blessed to teach them a hand game learning patterns and rhythms. Kids love these games, and I was reminded of my love for “playing” with the children…sometimes forgotten in a public education back in the states because of rigorous curriculum. The teachers were gracious to give us their time, and the head master said one of the first things he wanted to do was buy a drum for the children. They were elated! There was much gratitude as we passed out the stickers and books we had brought. For them, it was like Christmas. I was in deep gratitude knowing that the gently used books I brought would be cherished, and we had not only made a small contribution toward their education, but we brought smiles and built a bridge.
I LOVE PEOPLE!!! (especially children…yes, I’ll always be a teacher at heart…and I will be forever changed.) Namaste. Marie