Standing Together

I feel really happy when I am a part of something where people are working together and collaborating for the purpose of a common goal. I call that “Standing Together”.

trees connected

trees standing together

For us humans when I have worked together on worthwhile projects to see them come to fruition, it has warmed my heart. I first experienced this years ago working with an organization I volunteered with.  I felt elated when we succeeded in the goal. Even though separately each one of us was not always “perfect” in what we said and did. The goal had a higher purpose and that goal required me to stretch to my better self.

“It is when we start working together that the real healing takes place…it’s when we start spilling our sweat and not our blood.”  David Hume (18th Century English philosopher)

leaning trees

leaning trees standing together

Most recently I was inspired by the  Pluto fly by project. I was blown away that pictures of Pluto were sent from three BILLION miles away back to earth. The fact that frozen Pluto has a “heart” on it says something beautiful to me. That project was accomplished by working together, standing together. If you wish to see more than just a few photos here is a very good brand new NOVA project called “Chasing Pluto”. 1. Go to http://www.pbs.org

2.  Choose NOVA or type in: video.pbs.org/video/2365527017/

The most inspiring  example of humanity working together and collaborating from all backgrounds in my lifetime was the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Since I lived on the west coast at that time, I only experienced blatant racism from TV pictures as a young teenager. However, I also found out that the small town where I lived in California in the 1960s blatantly and legally barred African Americans from living within the city limits.  As I have aged, I have learned how inspiring the Civil Rights Movement was for all of humanity and how brilliant and great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was and still is. I am still inspired by what he wrote, spoke, and how he lived.

“Now we have black and white elected officials working together. Today we have gone beyond just passing laws. Now we have to create a sense that we are one community, one family. Really we are the American family.”   John Lewis

John Lewis would understand this because he was a part of the Civil Rights Movement. The rest of us need to get this, as problems are exposed of institutionalized racism in American police forces everywhere, in our prison system everywhere, and by individuals who have murdered in Charleston, South Carolina. Now we CANNOT be  in denial any more.  All of us of all colors need to understand that you and I still have work to do. Standing together, I believe in us. You and I have to believe in ourselves, care, and be willing to do something positive and life affirming about the racism  that still persists in our beautiful country.

This is how universal the anthem sung during and after the Civil Rights Movement has become on our planet:

more trees standing together

more trees standing together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COLOR

I love the colors in nature.  I like to wear bright colors when it is raining or dark. Color lifts my spirit.

shocking pink wildflower

pink wild flower

I appreciate colors in all parts of nature, not just in plants and flowers, also in people. I have had many good experiences with people from all over the world of all shades of beige and brown because I taught English-as-Second language classes for many years. I have friends who are all shades of the rainbow, too. I feel deeply grateful for these relationships.

crocuses mid 2/2015

purple Crocuses

I feel very blessed and grateful that I have had opportunities to work with all people and cultures.  I can’t imagine a world where we were all just one color. I have learned so much from the students I taught and my friends.

ESL students

Adult ESL Class

We Americans live in a country with some racial strife, and some people have a lack of acceptance of people from all cultural and racial backgrounds. Our newspapers and TV news tells us about this almost daily. This is, I believe,  is NOT how many Americans feel. I think many Americans are appalled, as I have been by what we have seen revealed about some of our social institutions which continue to perpetuate racism.

An incomparable documentary about race is called “Race: the Power of an Illusion”. This is short youtube video of only part of this powerful work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8MS6zubIaQ

coral and yellow tulip

coral and yellow tulip

I hope and pray for the day that our country can overcome our historically caused issues with racism. I wonder when we will start to have REAL conversations with people from all racial backgrounds participating in dialogues with each other to heal ourselves from our historically tainted roots in slavery, as well as our history with American Indians, Asian groups who built our railroads, Latino people who have been underpaid to harvest our food, and other groups I am probably not even aware of.

Like an addict of any kind with bad habits, to heal with any real change, we Americans must first become fully aware of our past and tell the truth about it. We’ve made progress, and there is still a ways to go.

“I have dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will NOT be judged by the color of their skin, but by content of their character.”  

– Dr. Martin Luther Jr.

I pray this for all people and all children in the USA and world.

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