"We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man---a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience sake." Pres Obama
Dear Gramps and Toot :-)
We enter a brand new year with hope in our tender hearts. This hope rises with the rising sun, reaching its fullness, complete cycle, with the dawn of a brand new day. Its rays shine brightly, forcing us to look life in the eye once more, perhaps wink and smile, grateful that we still here, another chance to give it our best. Determined to find solutions to our problems, for a better today, a better tomorrow, full of peace and harmony. Joy is our inherent state of being. So when we feel overwhelmed we need to hear HIS CALL and heed the guidance from His gentle ways.
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Be worried for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
We have an unquenchable desire to keep learning from our stories good and bad, in order to make better choices in the NOW!
"I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. My grandfather served in Patton’s Army and my grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line. They didn't have money, but they gave me love, a thirst for education, and a belief that we're all part of something larger than ourselves.” President Obama
As we connect the dots in our own lives, we realize that our backgrounds are similar, we feel awesome joy, we feel liberated and validated because we learn to endure and to move forward against all odds as they did which ultimately leads to success.
David Maraniss' informs us that the President's great grandmother was a school teacher in Peru but after having children, she never worked. An avid reader with an impressive collection of classics in her bookshelf. She was highly intelligent. One day she went to Parents Night and recited the poetry of Caesar in Latin, stealing the hearts of almost everyone she encountered.
Need I say how delighted I feel right now? I'm poem, smiley poetry, happy and transcendant poetry!
We are shaped by our backgrounds thus, make choices later in life from healthy places in our hearts if, we've had a good upbringing. But even if we haven't been as lucky and were deprived of a healthy family environment, we have a silent voice that raises us to our higher selves always thus, we see ourselves fully in the true light of the Omniscient, Omnipotent and omnipresent God.
"The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love."
President Obama tells us that his grandmother is;
"The person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances."
What is needed today in our communities is this love. This love must sow goodness, kindness, build low self esteem amongst young people and adults. Exposure is of vital importance because;
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."
Exposure makes you feel connected to the pulse of humanity and connected to something even greater than yourself.
"I remember when I was 11, I had never been to the mainland, and my grandmother and my mother and my sister, who at the time was two, decided we were going to take a big summer trip. And we traveled across the country. And mostly we took Greyhound buses. My grandmother was getting -- she had some eye problems, and so she couldn’t see that well, so she was a little nervous about driving long distances. Sometimes we took the train. And we went to the usual spots -- Disneyland. I was 11, right?
But I still remember traveling up to Yellowstone, and coming over a hill, and suddenly just hundreds of deer and seeing bison for the first time, and seeing Old Faithful. And I remember that trip giving me a sense of just how immense and how grand this country was, and how diverse it was -- and watching folks digging for clams in Puget Sound, and watching ranchers, and seeing our first Americans guide me through a canyon in Arizona. And it gave you a sense of just what it is that makes America special.
And so when I went back to Yellowstone, with Ken and my daughters -- that was the first time they had been-- and I'm standing there -- I'm thinking not only about them and the first time they're seeing this, but I'm also remembering back to when my grandmother and my mother had shown me this amazing country so many years before.
And that is part of what we have to fight for. That's what's critical, is making sure that we're always there to bequeath that gift to the next generation." President Barrack Obama
Our future truly depends on what we do to empower the next generation of leaders. We have to give them a beautiful and wholesome self image. We have to emphasize that who they are comes purely from God and what he created them to be, not what others tell them who they should be. They need to understand that they are unique with their own special DNA from God.
We see President Obama's conviction and his powerful vision for the future, it inspires all of us to be better. We see one getting involved in what affects others around the globe. Because what affects you directly affects all of us indirectly. Dr King
We see one driven by love, we feel his passion through the speech he performed as a student in 1981 about the troubled past of South Africa.
"There's a struggle going on...I say there's a struggle going on...
Its happening an ocean away. But its a struggle that is touching each and everyone of us, whether we know it or not. A struggle that demands we choose sides...Its a choice between dignity and servitude, between fairness and injustice"
The writer says "it was like eating a chocolate cake and someone takes it away from you,"
Someone else said, "You want it more!"
But he concluded by saying;
"I don't believe we made any difference by what we did today."
Many years later President Obama would travel to South Africa to nurture and empower our future leaders. Opening them up to a world that is waiting to be explored, a world in need of their gifts and God Given Talents, a world they can help restore and ultimately heal.
To me this is a full circle moment since his stage performance as a student. A moment described as one of the key moments of his time at Oxy, the first public political speech of his life.
His rousing speech invigorated youth like Bob Marley at the Memorial Service of President Mandela.
Nothing could have been more comforting to all of us at a time when unspeakable grief paralyzed us. We all felt like we lost our very own grandfather but there was something even more that we lost. The physical being that encompassed all loveliness and goodness for all, connected to the core of God and to all of us in a mighty personal way. I have a huge lump in my throat as I write about it. The question that loomed in the air was and will continue to be,
Who do we turn to now?
We live in a country that deprives its children the very opportunities that many fought and died for. A country ravaged by greed, corruption and dysfunctional family structure. A country that is deeply scared and not quite united. Our reward is with God so we go about serving others cheerfully because He sees.
I speak from my own personal experiences, I also speak the experiences of my fellow men. God has used me in a powerful way, giving me access in places of power thus, free movement amongst the poor, the rich and amongst leaders and governments. Its a job God had in mind for me way before he formed me in the womb. So one is exposed to leaders who are unbecoming in their conduct. One knows that the law of cause and effect is extremely effective. You have to live with your consciousness which reveals hidden things to you. You are accountable to your higher self firstly before the law.
The advise I would give to our youth is to look to God who made heaven, earth and the mountains for it is where our help will come from. Beware of false leaders for there's nothing they can do for you. They lead meaningless lives and are in need perhaps even more than you are.
The scripture puts it this way;
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Nelson Mandela would sooth you by saying,
"A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty and integrity, to reach for the stars. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."
Its no secrete that President Obama is one of my heroes. Its who he is, not what he says, not what he does but his true being brimming over into true words and deeds. St Matthew.
"Like most of my values, I learned about empathy from my mother. She disdained any kind of cruelty or thoughtlessness or abuse of power ....Whenever she saw even a hint of such behavior in me she would look me square in the eyes and ask, "How do you think that would make you feel?" ... I find myself returning again and again to my mother's simple principle -- "How would that make you feel?" -- as a guidepost for my politics. ... It's not a question we ask ourselves enough, I think; as a country, we seem to be suffering from an empathy deficit."
"Redemption song, these songs of freedom..." Your mom makes me sing! Makes me weep, makes me feel ten feet tall!
During an interview about music and culture Mr President said;
“I remember in college listening, and not agreeing with his (Bob Marley) whole philosophy necessarily, but raising my awareness of how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggle for jobs and dignity and freedom.”
Our hopes for the future are deeply rooted in the oneness of life. Our dreams are deeply rooted in love, held together by the genuine care and tenderness we feel for one another as children of God, as part of the bigger family, as the family of God!
In a conversation with his sister (Auma)many years ago in Kenya, the President said;
"What I'm doing now is far from enough, there's only so much I can achieve through my current work. I accompany the people I advocate for to plead their cases to the city authorities. I comfort them when they loose a child to violence or complain about the state of their schools, poor health care, or lack of pension. But in the position I am in, I cannot ultimately bring about significant change in their lives. I don't want to just give them hope. I want to make a better future possible for them or at least for their children"
The President envisaged his future thus planned and took the necessary steps to get there. He's a genius who works hard. He wanted to earn a law degree at Harvard. He explained to his sister that he didn't want to study law in order to work solely as a lawyer.
"I want to become more politically active. I hope that with a background in law I will be able to have an impact on policy makers."
His dreams come to pass as he become the most powerful President of the First World in 2009.
What is striking to me is the theme of love, passion and determination in all these moments that have led him to staggering success. Its the pursuit of happiness. For it is written,
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Our success as a people will be short lived if we do not invest our energies in restoring our planet which we have hurt in unimaginable ways.
Are we doing a good enough job to preserve mother earth's beauty, bounty and opulence for all living things and human beings?
When we heal our earth, we too heal for our livelihood depends on the wholesomeness of our planet.
Stewards of the earth shine brighter than all others in God's eyes. Those who hold a special place in their hearts for the needs of the marginalized shine brighter too.
Affordable Health care is a fundamental cornerstone for the wealth and well being of our world. No nation on the face of the earth can thrive and truly be peaceful and successful if it neglects to care for the least amongst these. For whatever is done for the poor is done unto God. Obama Health Care is unequivocally necessary for the growth and progress of humanity at large. The problems that have been encountered are absolutely nothing compared to the benefits that the heart of the nation, its people and future generations will enjoy eternally.
As I scribe away this letter I imagine the Founding Fathers standing together saying;
"Son, Your best is enough, don't be overwhelmed, do as you are called, allow God to work through you and your cabinet always. We've fallen short at times although our highest intention was based on serving the people to the best of our abilities. Mistakes can however bring out the best in you and inspire you to perform even better than you would have under normal circumstances."
John F Kennedy reminds us that;
"Our problems are man made; therefore, they can be solved by man."
Because “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela
When faced with opposition that seeks to destroy a good thing, remember that you are special and important. Don't give them your precious energy because;
"You are here to enable the devine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!" Eckhart Tolle
Healing ourselves for love and unity is our greatest task.
Tolle says, "Sustained conscious attention severs the link between the pain- body and your thought processes and brings about the process of transmutation. It is as if the pain becomes fuel for the flame of your consciousness, which then burns more brightly as a result. This is the esoteric meaning of the ancient art of alchemy: the transmutation of base metal into gold, of suffering into consciousness. The split within is healed, and you become whole again. Your responsibility then is not to create further pain."
When we at ease the work flows thus becomes easy. Its results are genuine and long lasting.
Pres Obama reminds us that;
" When we put in place new common-sense rules to reduce air pollution, like we did in December, it was to prevent our kids from breathing in dangerous chemicals. That's something we should all be able to agree on. But it will also create new jobs, building and installing all sorts of pollution control technology. And since it will prevent thousands of heart attacks and cases of childhood asthma, it will also take some strain off our health care system."
Wangari Mathai once told us that there is a direct link between self love, peace and a well managed environment.
Our greatest joy lies in the thoughts of our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Those who contemplate the loveliness of God are guaranteed to lead a fulfilling life worthy of the goodness and mercy of God.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things.
I conclude this letter by singing;
GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
By Whitney Houston.
Thank You Gramps, Toot and grandparents everywhere for shining your light on us. Grandparents are truly a treasure from God .They paved the way, they endured and suffered immensely while building our countries the world over. They wanted us to have a better future that we must preserve and pass on to future generations as they did. Their love is my saving grace!
I thank you all very much. God bless your spirit immensely.