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What we CAN do

These days I am finding myself especially sensitive to the news focus on the Malaysian plane loss in all its intricacies, changes, and previously hidden information. Add to that the number of shootings in Canada each week - we have come to expect it in the United States - and the heightened urgency in the tone of every news report, and it is little wonder that ordinary people are beginning to say: what went wrong? Why haven't we and why can't we do more to make this world a more peaceful, tolerant place?

Now that I am in my late sixties, a member of the generation that first attended protests and marches , the generation that worked on committees dealing with government issues, and that wrote letters supporting all manner of social programs, not to speak of belonging to a religious community whose focus always was on health care and education, especially for the poor,  I am seeing the little that we were able to bring about in the face of hierarchy, economic domination and manipulative politics.

So it is no wonder that many of my generation and some younger (thank God) are beginning to look for new ways to be present to the hidden realities that underly the quality of life in our world right now. And many (including myself) are re-discovering contemplative presence and practices which take us out of the surface hurry and constant demands of "doing good" to "being present" so we can actually "see."

Mark Nepo puts it this way, and I resonate indeed:

Stripped of causes and plans and things to strive for, I have discovered that we cannot eliminate hunger, but we can feed each other. We cannot eliminate loneliness, but we can hold each other. We cannot eliminate pain, but we can live a life of compassion. Now my efforts turn from trying to outrun suffering to accepting love wherever I can find it. (Exquisite Risk, p.240)

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24.04 | 21:27

Hi Brenda,
I did some writing this last week.
Here is it. :)

12.02 | 08:41

Hi Laurie, You will find The Choice on

18.10 | 18:29

Thanks, glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

18.10 | 17:38

Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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