I can't agree ever more about what John Maxwell noted in his comments on Easter and what it represents:
Such sentiment, though, is not easy to sustain at times as our World is ever so challenging. China recently reported that fully one fifth of China's Soil is polluted with industrial Waste. The IPCC reported on the calamity that is before us if we do not show the courage to change our ways. This is as Iraq's Daily killing fields continue and Syria continues to burn. Although rays of hope continues to exist with the negotiations with Iran on the Nuclear Program, it was undermined by the foolish action of the Iranian Government to name Hamid Aboutalebi as UN Ambassador despite his questionable past during the Hostage Crisis--in addition to his very troubling background in the Security Services and his apparent link to some of the on-going assassinations over the past 34 years. Some of Iran's Neo-Cons have been vibrant supporting Aboutalebi as the US Congress passed a law prohibiting a visa being issued to him. As I write this, one of the witnesses to one of the Terror Operations by the Islamic Republic--Mykonos-- reflects what happened in Berlin over 20 years ago that targeted leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and reflecting upon the terror network that the Islamic Republic had throughout Europe during the 1980's. As Iran continues its' current transformation, one fundamental challenges of Iran remains is its' profound economic difficulties despite over 600 Billion Dollars having been made on Oil.
As for Egypt, though, it is clear that Sisi will be President. However, what I noted earlier in a "tweet" reflects the reality of Egypt:
There was also an election in Algeria. The current President was re-elected--even though he has been absent since his stroke and voted while on a wheel chair. Although I reviewed reports about some reasonable sense of freedom in Algeria as epitomized by the likes of Kamel Doud with his vibrant columns, Algeria has profound challenges to deal with as the Oil Windfall continues to dissipate with no vision for the day after.
Beyond the Middle East and North Africa, there is India:
Despite all the challenges at hand, the need to be ever so hopeful and have a sense of faith is ever so critical as ever. This is why the thoughts below are ever so important on this Easter Sunday:
The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume
This is what the Lord asks of you: only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8
Guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:79
One who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas Gandhi
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
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The Daily Rounds within the "Social Grid" gives us a sense of hope that otherwise cannot ever be achieved unless underscores a need to "Think Beyond the Now". We Ordinary faces need to constantly remind ourselves of it--easier said than done..but there is no other choice:
At the dawn of a new week, I wanted to begin by sharing these thoughts I released to my Facebook Page on the plight of this young, brave 32 Year Old Activist who just celebrated her 32nd Birthday behind bars--the letter translated by the folks @ http://www.tavanna.org is chilling:
As India has begun to vote, one of the leading moral lights of our time has spoken on the true state of India today. As Arundhati Roy spoke, I could not help but think about and remember about the continued World-Wide discrepancy that continues to exist. She begins with Mukesh Ambani's 27-Story Skyscraper in Mumbai:
She was ever so right as she noted how the Indian Army has been deployed against the people ever since Independence as it now begins to gear up to go into the heart of India. She has been one of the courageous few who has spoken for the less fortunate in India today. It is also quite striking on the true nature of who is tipped to be the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Modi who presided over the horrific attacks on the Muslims. Even today, there has not been an accounting of those horrific times. As she spoke of the true nature of Modi, it sent shivers through my spine.
April 15 is tax day in the United States. As many of us in the United States are scrambling to wind things, it is high time to remember how challenging times and disappointments are always part and parcel of life. Whether it is Contracts being cancelled, calls not returned ,job applications being rejected or taxes owed--it is how one deals with the challenges that would in the end determine the "how". This really hit home as I had the good fortune to recently visit the Getty Museum and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center on how lives have evolved ever so. It shows how far we have come, what we should value and embrace and not continue to be discouraged at the temporary setbacks or roadblocks which will occur. What Jonathan Lockwood Huie yet again shared in his daily "thoughts" was ever so timely to underscore this. It is a good lesson to be remembered and learnt by us all as we navigate through the daily minefields that is life--as long as we remember to do it with a smile and not allow the World to ever change our smile not withstanding the onslaught of challenges:
No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim
We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama
God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamor.
- Charles Stanley
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
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