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If a child smiles, if an adult smiles,
that is very important.
If in our daily life we can smile,
 if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone
will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

5 thoughts on “Today’s Quote

  1. I will never be good in the sense that your blog so beautifully expresses, but I will always be guided and moved by that goodness. Knowing that you are there, believing that such goodness is possible, and acting it out in your life, gives me hope. I’m not the peaceful sort, although deep down, I long for peace. I can’t help but be a soldier, I can’t help but be a revolutionary, one that must challenge power with fury, and shout it from the rooftops.
    Yet, what would I do without people like you?
    In fact, I would be lost. Thank-you.

    • Honestly – I don’t know how to respond. You humble me. We are both warriors of a sort – no doubt fierce – with perhaps different strategies mapped out for our (probably shared) basic vision for humanity. You breathe goodness, and will never be lost because you keep your moral compass close at hand. The way you have chosen can be solitary, but look around – there are many of us who walk with you.

  2. Do you know Chilean singer Victor Jara, who was brutally murdered in the CIA-backed military overthrow of democratically-elected socialist president Salvador Allende in 1973? There is a song about him, I don’t know who wrote it, that goes:

    The Junta cut the fingers
    from Victor Jara’s hands.
    They said to the gentle poet:
    “Play your guitar now if you can!”
    Victor stood and started singing
    until they shot his body down.
    You can kill a man, but not a song
    when it’s sung the whole world round.

    It could have been me, but instead it was you.
    So I’ll keep doing the work you were doing as if I were two.
    If you can live for freedom,
    If you can work for freedom,
    If you can die for freedom –
    I can too.
    ____________________

    To that, I add: “If you can live for peace – I can, too.”

    !Gracias, Hermana Paz! Thank-you, Sister Peace!

    Claire

    • Well said. I especially smiled at your “Sister Peace,” which reminded me of St. Francis’ Brother Sun, Sister Moon. My post today is about my (thwarted) pilgrimage to Assisi (“My Pilgrimage to ?????”) in thanksgiving for blessings received. St. Francis stood for those impoverished and alone, as well as for peace. Muchas Gracias from “Hermana Paz”

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