Sunday, 11 September 2011

Gratitude post – week 36

Today we remember 9/11. It is hard to remain unaffected when you really try to understand the full impact this act has had on our lives. Words that come to mind: compassion, community, grief, courage, gratitude, grace, morals, freedom, peace, hate & beliefs.

I think ‘we’ must be the change we want in the world (Ghandi) and from my view one of the ways to achieve this change is to live the attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is the way to bring more into your own life, but lots more into the lives of others.

If only we all lived by this code of morals. I would love to hear if you agree with these ethics.

We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole, and so we have respect for the community of living beings, for people, animals, and plants, and for the preservation of Earth, the air, water and soil.

We take individual responsibility for all we do. All our decisions, actions, and failures to act have consequences.

We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. We make a commitment to respect life and dignity, individuality and diversity, so that every person is treated humanely, without exception. We must have patience and acceptance. We must be able to forgive, learning from the past but never allowing ourselves to be enslaved by memories of hate. Opening our hearts to one another, we must sink our narrow differences for the cause of world community, practicing a  culture of solidarity and relatedness.

We consider humankind a family. We must strive to be kind and generous. We must not live for ourselves alone, but should also serve others, never forgetting the children, the aged, the poor, the suffering, the disabled, the refugees and the lonely. No person should ever be considered or treated as a second-class citizen, or be exploited in any way whatsoever. There should be equal partnership between men and women. We must not commit any kind of sexual immorality. We must put behind us all forms of domination or abuse.

We commit ourselves to a culture of non-violence, respect, justice, and peace. We shall not oppress, injure, torture, or kill other human beings, forsaking violence as a means of settling differences.

We must strive for a just social and economic order, in which everyone has an equal chance to reach full potential as a human being. We must speak and act truthfully and with compassion, dealing fairly with all, and avoiding prejudice and hatred. We must not steal. We must move beyond the dominance of greed for power, prestige, money, and consumption to make a just and peaceful world.

Earth cannot be changed for the better unless the consciousness of individuals is changed first. We pledge to increase our awareness by disciplining our minds, by meditation, by prayer, or by positive thinking. Without risk and a readiness to sacrifice there can be no fundamental change in our situation. Therefore we commit ourselves to this global ethic, to understanding one another, and to socially beneficial, peace-fostering, and nature-friendly ways of life.

We invite all people, whether religious or not, to do the same.

The above italic text are excerpts from The Declaration of a Global Ethic read at San Francisco's Day of Remembrance on September 17th 2001.

If we abide by these morals wouldn’t the world be a better place to live in? I often wonder why when you ask the individual they agree that they live by these morals, but as a society as a whole we somehow can’t achieve the same level of commitment.  How do we make a community? Do we need to focus more on our similarities than on our differences?

I want to voice my gratitude for the person who wrote this quote:

We shall never forget
We shall keep this day,
We shall keep the events and the tears
In our minds, our memory and our hearts
and take them with us as we carry on.

I won’t be reflecting this week on all those things on a personal level that I’m grateful for. They are too numerous to write down, and in light of today not appropriate. I’m hoping that we are able to live in a more compassionate society. We just need to understand that if you want to be free from interference yourself, you are then obliged to acknowledge the same right in others. I think this will make the world considerably better than it is now.

What counts is not what we feel, but what we do. Walk the talk.

This is my way to pay tribute to all that lost someone on 9/11. Please go here and read the beautiful poem written by David J. Carr on memory quilts.

For those who committed this act and those who are contemplating on doing the same, I ask why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

2 comments:

quiltmom said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces of writing- very eloquent and one wishes that the world could indeed walk such a walk. How much richer we all would be.
Have a wonderful week.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Rennie said...

Bedankt voor je mooie woorden en ik heb the nineth eleven still on my mind!