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June 29 Voices

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

Have you ever found yourself trapped between wondering if you should voice your opinion, or just “let it go”?

What if the people of Iran just “let it go”?

What if those who were at Stonewall, just walked away?

What if Martin Luther King, Jr. decided it wasn’t “his problem to resolve”?

The world, our world, depends on voices.

Today, I am thankful for

  1. those that have the courage and the selflessness to speak up.
  2. those that listen without judgment.
  3. those that endure when it seems the world has stopped listening or caring.

For what are you thankful?


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Written by Grace

June 29, 2009 at 10:03 am

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June 22 Insights

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I have been working toward discovering, or rediscovering as it were, my state of natural wakefulness.  Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become, it’s fully within us but as I’m learning requires effort and focus to find it.

I am on a journey to rediscover and uncover my true core, which has been heaped over, calloused, and consumed by things that so often send me from a place of peace to that of tension, anxiety and anger.   I want to escape the prison of those things that often unbalance my otherwise happy and blessed existence – from the pettiness and petulance of others to the pains of my own insecurities.

So today I am thankful for those things along the journey that remind me where I’m going and encourage me to keep walking.

  1. A unselfishly warm smile from a hurting heart.
  2. A flower, unwavering in the sweltering heat.
  3. The touch of a furry paw on my cheek in the morning, gentle but insistent with love.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

June 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

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June 15 Enough

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Enough.  What does it say to you?

I’ve had enough.

I have enough.

Enough, is enough.

Enough is not enough.

It’s easy to stand on either side of enough; today I’m standing on both sides.

Today, I’m thankful for

  1. having more than enough love in my life.
  2. knowing, truly knowing that we will get through this – enough is enough.  I’ve had enough, you’ve had enough, we’ve had enough.
  3. people who are my water wings and help keep my head just enough above the surface that I don’t drown.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

June 15, 2009 at 6:33 am

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June 8 Coexist

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From Boston.com:

June 4th, 2009, marked the 20th anniversary of the military crackdown on student protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Beginning in April of 1989, thousands of students and other citizens started gathering in groups large and small, protesting many issues, centered on a desire for freedom and democratic reform. By mid-May of 1989, hundreds of thousands of protesters occupied the square, staging hunger strikes, and asking for dialogue. Chinese authorities responded with a declaration of martial law, and sent soldiers and tanks from the People’s Liberation Army, preparing to disperse the crowds. Late on June 3rd, 1989, the tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the square, killing and wounding many, mostly civilians – estimates vary widely, from several hundred to several thousand dead.

From The Los Angles Times:

The California Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to uphold Proposition 8 and existing same-sex marriages left in place all rights for California’s gays and lesbians except access to the label “marriage,” but it provided little protection from future ballot measures that could cost gays and other minorities more rights, lawyers and scholars said Tuesday.

A reflection on the course of events toward human rights leaves me wondering if we can coexist, or if it’s our very nature that keeps us from finding peace and acceptance.   We look back in scorn at the events on Tiananmen Square twenty years ago and yet we continue to alienate and destroy freedom, albeit in more subtle ways.

Do our minds see the world simply as too small to accommodate anyone else other than ourselves and those like us that we deem “acceptable”?

Is it just our fundamental nature to destroy and disintegrate rather than create and coalesce?  I hope not.

The world is big enough, find a way to coexist.

I am thankful for a simple peace

  1. for homecomings and reuniting
  2. a restful sleep
  3. and people who build bridges that close the gaps that otherwise seem impassable.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

June 8, 2009 at 6:21 am

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June 1 Second Chances

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image grace mcdunnough

image grace mcdunnough

Yesterday I stepped outside for just a moment and from across the yard a tiny bit of amber caught my eye.    I wandered over and there she was, a lonely mushroom with her head held high, seemingly defying gravity or at least beating the odds.    I grabbed the camera and snapped just one shot and the combination of luck and light made me see her in a new way – not a teetering fungi but a graceful flower.

Sometimes you have to look twice to see what’s really there.

Today I’m thankful for

  1. those who have given me a second chance, and a third and …
  2. a place and time to share parts of me that are otherwise buried.
  3. for the gift of two kidneys instead of just one.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

June 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

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