The morning of hope
Was born yesterday.
That’s why I am still
Here today, working-
for a better tomorrow!
In the midst of the darkness of this long night… my heart is filled with uncertainty and my soul is restless. Yearning and anticipation are taking me on a roller coaster ride. It has been like this every night for as long as I can remember. But this feeling is getting intensified lately. I have learned to heed my intuition, and it never fails me. Now, I feel like something is going to happen. Never have we, as the people of this age, lived in such a contradiction since Charles Dickens wrote these words of wisdom:
” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest seeing aies insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book the First, Chapter I.
It’s a time that we’re seeing all the evil of humanity awaken like vampires spreading through the land. Those who want to divide us and take us back to the darkest of ages where a man was void of his human rights and measured by the color of his skin instead of the merits of his deeds and the substance of his character.
On the other side, never we have gotten together, unified under a sense of comradery , as this time, for humanity, civil rights, equality, freedom, kindness… all the best of humane traits, transcending race, religion, nationality, and all other bars and walls of division.
I found myself, this night, waiting for the dawn of day and yearning for the sea! Such a great urge to be looking at my beloved Pacific Ocean on the Oregon Coast. You, the reader, may wonder what is the relevance?!! At times like this, when I am restless and filled with anxiety, I think of the sea. He is my best friend. The only being that can listen and understand. The only friend on this beautiful and sad Earth who can fill me with hope in spite of pain and despair. The sea is wise yet playful, vast enough to contain the world yet can be contained in my gaze and my heart, mighty yet gentle… and most importantly- the sea is a generator of hope.
Waves live all around the shores, living a life filled with stories; yet as soon as one wave reaches its final destination, resting at last in the shore’s embrace- a new wave will immediately be born in its wake, back to the sea, to live a new life, a brand new life of its own. An endless story of life-infinite.
Yes, here I am, in the middle of the darkness of this restless night, I find myself yearning for the sea. Dreaming to stand by its shores, where earth meets the sky, as if standing by the edge of humanity, at the age when we are tested and trialed if we, as the people, are deserving of it!
Oh, here is a droplet on my face..a mist, a sea breeze. I am refreshed and filled with hope. ©2017Gainperspectiveblog
I was reviewing some of my old posts, and found this poem that I wrote way back on January 2008 and posted it on WordPress on January 2016. Looking forward for your comments.
Oh Beautiful Bird
On the perch
In the cold going out
For your little ones
In their nest
Waiting for food.
I can hear your happy
Songs, in spite of your
Struggle to find a scrub.
You’re jetty and gay
Skipping, turning your
Head every other way
With a happy flutter
Of your wings.
What made you so
Sure you’ll reach your
Goal, and find what
You’re looking for?
Is it Faith? Or is it
Sheer hope? Oh what
Make you so persistent
Never giving up your search?
Or is it the simple life instinct
That if you stay over
At your nest with fear
And idle notion,
That snow has covered All, your realistic view
Of things would be
The death of you,
Laying there with
So, here you are
Flying to every tree,
Trying every branch,
And even on the ground
Turning every leaf around
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You never know what tomorrow will bring! Hang on that. Never give up on life; never give up on yourself.
The best sunshine is after clouds…the coziest warmth is after a chilly cold.
Hope, believe, have faith that no matter how long it takes, the best is yet to come!
Resilience and perseverance in the face of harsh adversity is the highest of human achievements.
The movie “Hidden Figures” powerfully demonstrates this concept. The discrimination against people of color is an ugly stigma in the history of this country. However, the achievements of black men and women of America, despite all obstacles and degradation, is a bright shiny mark in human history.
How horrible! Lack of compassion and empathy are traits of wild beasts not humans!
If your reality had come down crumbling
Once upon your head, your soul had to sour
Up and beyond. All that you had are no longer
Yours. Loves, dreams, and the life that you had,
Are gone. All that was tangible has become untouchable-
Sort of illusion images floating in your head. You have to depend
On the soul to sense its way around instead. What a mystery?!
In that state of heightened sensory perception–Of time and space-
Infinite possibilities are born and created. As long as You’re living,
There will be other realities, other friends, other memories to build,
Other laughs and cries, and other dreams to fulfill.
There, in the realm of the soul, hopes becomes crystal clear.
Let’s remember this in that time of utter
Despair of crushed reality, that your vision of what to come
Will lift you up, and You will be saved.
Little Children coloring and making cards for Aidan and Ella-Full Time Islamic School
Fellowship of Goodness
Somewhere in a valley in California, women from different faith groups, United Methodists, Catholics, Mormons, Jewish, and Muslims all got together to help each other in a very dynamic and unique fellowship-to spread love, care, and understanding in our communities. The group cares for refugees, victims of cancer and their families, needy members of the community, widows and widowers group, make a wish for terminally ill seniors, and much more. Every time we meet at the Interfaith meetings, or at the Kaleidoscope group, or to one of the sisters’ houses for shared dinner-there is enough love, compassion, and humanity to fill the whole world.
I am so proud to be one of them. I pray that many communities around the nation and the whole world would follow our example.
One of the projects was caring for Aidan and his little sister Ella. He is a little boy undergoing a prolonged stay in the hospital for cancer treatment and needs a cheer. We cannot forget about his little sister, lest she feels neglected. I have asked you, my dear readers around the world in my last post to join in.
Aidan’s mom reported that Aidan was so happy receiving all those cards, and it really cheered him up and eased his agonizing long hospital stay.
Just because the world is full of chaos and perils, this doesn’t mean that goodness and cheerfulness cease to exist. As long as we strive to be good and fair and just.. as long as we continue to seek the truth, as long as we believe in God and certain of His Justice and Compassion-Humanity is still good and there is still hope.