A Daily "Thought"

9/29/2014

As We Bid Farewell to Q3 2014: Notations on Our World & A Hope 4 All

Within a day, September 2014 will be relegated to history.   This quarter has been a challenging quarter around the World.    Although The UK survived, Spain will have to be faced with its' own separatist movement.  Dayesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/ISLAMIC state) continues onward despite the 200+ US Airstrikes at a cost of One Billion Dollars.    This was also a month that saw the Clinton Global Initiative hold meetings in New York as the UN had the General Assembly that saw Presidents, Foreign Ministers and Prime Ministers come out to lay out their visions and challenges before the World.     President Obama dropped by the Clinton Global Initiative for his annual visit: 


It was a month that the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Modi, take New York by storm and has now arrived in Washington for a summit with President Obama   .  It is also a month that saw the election season take hold ever more in the United States as states have begun the absentee ballott process and all major candidates across the political spectrum are clamouring for funds to "meet the numbers".   This was also a month that saw a New President take office in Afghanistan.    

This has also been a quarter that has seen inroads like never before in Technology.   Apple came out with the iphone 6 and broke records.   Western Digital introdcuted a 10 Terabyte Drive.    Alibaba went public and continues to dazzle the World.   Yet, China continues to fascinate as Hong Kong has arisen to demand the rights that it was promised when China took Hong Kong Back.    Brazil has a good chance to elect a Black Woman as President in large measure due to the continued calamity it faces which began before the World Cup.      This is as the World is also facing up to the calamity of Ebola.  As this all was going on, Forbes came out with its' list of the richest Americans.   Bill Gates was richer ever so with $ 81 Billion and occupied the top spot.

As we bid farewell to Q3 and look to a very challenging Q4 before us, it is ever so challenging to be hopeful.     What is noted below courtesy of Jonathan  Lockwood Huie reflects a desire and a driving force behind what "Outsiders" is about as we continue to assess our World and really hopefully try and change the discourse before us: 



These are the things I hold divine:
A trusting child's hand laid in mine,
Rich brown earth and wind-tossed trees,
The taste of grapes and the drone of bees,
A rhythmic gallop, long June days,
A rose-hedged lane and lovers' lays,
The welcome smile on neighbors' faces,
Cool, wide hills and open places,
Breeze-blown fields of silver rye,
The wild, sweet note of the plover's cry,
Fresh spring showers and scent of box,
The soft, pale tint of the garden phlox,
Lilacs blooming, a drowsy noon,
A flight of geese and an autumn moon,
Rolling meadows and storm-washed heights,
A fountain murmur on summer nights,
A dappled fawn in the forest hush,
Simple words and the song of a thrush,
Rose-red dawns and a mate to share
With comrade soul my gypsy fare,
A waiting fire when the twilight ends,
A gallant heart and the voice of friends.
- Jean Brooks Burt

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