Saturday, October 31, 2009

Somewhere in this world

Somewhere in this world, parents are filled with joy at the birth of their first child.

Somewhere in this world, children watch their mother die of cancer.

Somewhere in this world, a bride is filled with bliss, to be so blessed as to be spending the rest of her life with the man she loves.

Somewhere in this world, a storm destroys the crops, and a family wonders how they will survive.

Somewhere in this world, parents sit waiting, filled with fear, for the teenager who has not come home.

Somewhere in this world, a grandmother is delighted to spend time with her grandchild.

Somewhere in this world, a mother yells harsh obscenities at her three-year-old child.

Somewhere in this world, parents beat and kill their children.

Somewhere in this world, a man learns that he has been laid off from his job, and fears that he and his family will become homeless.

Somewhere in this world, a woman who loves to hike and run and play volleyball suddenly falls and is paralyzed.

Somewhere in this world, someone who thought he lost everything is given another chance.

Somewhere in this world, homes and lives are destroyed by flood.

Somewhere in this world, the birds greet the dawn with singing.

And somewhere in this world I sit, wondering how to feel, wondering where I belong. What can I do but is accept my limitations, cry for my losses and the losses of the world, and keep on walking forward, trying to care for this earth and its people, trying to shine a little more love into the world.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Varying skills

A relative was not sure how to use the washing machines at the laundromat, so he e-mailed me a photo so I could advise him.

I have another relative who would have no problem with using washing machines, but who has no idea how to send text e-mails, let alone how to e-mail photos.

We all have different skills. There may be some things that we don't know how to do, but there may also be things that are easy for us that others don't know how to do.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Candy sale

I saw a bowl of candy with a sign saying they were selling candy to benefit the American Heart Association. Shouldn't they be selling things like oatmeal and celery if they are concerned about hearts? But I guess they wouldn't make as much money that way.