MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


December 12, 2002

The Light Series #40: Our Ever Growing Rainbow of Love


Hello everyone

Here is a compilation I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy. Lots of positive good stuff and a special request below ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2002/LightSeries40.htm

SPECIAL REQUEST

From time to time people ask for an introductory paragraph about the Earth Rainbow Network to include in their own online or printed publication. Should you want to do likewise and invite others to benefit from this information and visions networking service and thus avail themselves of an evolving, mutually-enhanced world view, you are welcomed to use the following invitation blur along with you own personal comments on this service:

"The Earth Rainbow Network (ERN), founded in February 1997, has an extensive list of more than 2,500 people in approximately 50 countries sharing information, visions and feedbacks on a broad range of subjects as a way to expand and deepen global awareness and the sense of forming a global spiritual community gradually empowering itself to contribute in shaping the future of this world. For more information, please go at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com where you will find the archives of the compilations of material sent to everyone on the list by the ERN coordinator. To subscribe to this automated list, please go at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/ERNlist.htm - Subscription is free."

Wouldn't it be wonderful to all do a subcription drive in the coming weeks and thus contribute to double the current number of subscribers!...

SOME INTERESTING STATS

A subscriber from the United States interested in publishing an advertizement at the top of the automated listserver postings (rates available upon request) wanted to know how many ERN subscribers were from "overseas countries". So for the first time I did a thorough search in the list and came up with these approximate numbers. Out of 2516 people currently subscribed to the ERN list (including 2437 on the automated listserver), about 1,200 people are from the U.S. with the remaining 1,300 residing elsewhere. From the ending abbreviations of several email addresses (.ca for instances means it is from Canada) I could identify 49 countries where there are subscribers, but because many addresses - like those from a hotmail (282) or a yahoo (171) account - cannot be traced back to a country of origin, there are certainly more than 49 countries. Here is a detailed list of where ERN subscribers are living as far as I can identity...

1,200 (approximately) United States
112 Canada (ending with .ca but there are certainly more in the 376 aol.com accounts on the list)
95 Australia (at least those ending with .au)
60 France (ending with .fr)
52 United Kingdom (ending with .uk)
25 South Africa (ending with .za)
21 Netherland (etc.)
21 Switzerland
20 Germany
17 Brazil
17 New Zealand
16 Belgium
14 Denmark
12 Italy
9 Argentina
8 India
7 Sweden
6 Ireland
5 Japan
5 Cyprus
4 Austria
4 Spain
4 Finland
3 Indonesia
3 Norway
3 Iceland
3 Portugal
3 Singapore
3 Thailand
3 Mexico
2 Lebanon
2 Malaysia
2 Zimbabwe
2 Russia
1 Zambia
1 Yugoslavia
1 Slovenia
1 Egypt
1 Venezuela
1 Virgin Islands
1 Sri Lanka
1 Albania
1 Pakistan
1 Poland
1 Greece
1 Chile
1 Jordan
1 Liechtenstein

I thought many of you would also like to know where the other members of our ever expanding Earth Rainbow Network family are located. Now let's hope that many more will soon join us and share this unique global community of like-minded and soul/heart connected brothers and sisters. With the automated listserver I now use, there is no limit to the number of subscribers it can handle at no extra work for me - except the inevitably greater number of contributors of material requiring my eyeballs for a review and possible inclusion in a compilation.

Please by all means feel free to circulate this compilation (unabriged if possible) to all those you'd like to invite along for the ride ;-)


THOUGHT-EMOTING QUOTES

"We can only Be Here Now when we accept instantly our moment-by-moment emotional experience."

- Gita Bellin


"God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is."

- Marianne Williamson


"When life is experienced clearly, fully, and directly, it is blissful no matter what is happening. It is the experience of that particular moment of life that brings bliss -- not the content of that moment."

- Bartholomew


"It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth, and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, that we will begin to live each day to the fullest; as if it was the only one we had."

- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross


"Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer."

- Barbara de Angelis


"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well."

- Mohandas Gandhi


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

- Albert Einstein


"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."

- Kahlil Gibran


CONTENTS

1. Meditation for Cyprus
2. Peace for Palestine and Israel & Movement for a Free Earth
3. Global Peace Meditation
4. Shining Brightly, Caring Immensely -- Doing Random Acts of Kindness
5. Excerpt from the Earth Rainbow Village forum
6. Once again, the relevance of Graceful Passages
7. The wooden bowl


See also:

'A Story of Self '
http://www.lighteye.freeserve.co.uk/part1.htm




1.

From: "Maggie Erotokritou" <surya@spidernet.com.cy>
Subject: Meditation for Cyprus
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002

Dear Friends,

This is one of the most critical and crucial times for Cyprus. We have been a divided island since the Turks invaded and took half the island in 1974. Since then many peace talks have taken place but communications have always broken down. Now for the first time in 28 years the UN have stepped in and suggested a plan and both sides are considering it and although both sides want amendments and we know it will not be easy for many reasons, it is the nearest that Cyprus has come to a solution. If both sides accept the peace plan, the borders will open and some refugees will be able to go back and people will be able to travel back and forth. This will also free the energy of the island which through the division has been stuck for so long. If the energy of Cyprus frees up, it could possibly help the surrounding areas as well. We are positioned very strategically, in between Europe, Turkey and the Middle East; we are right in the middle.

I believe it is also no coincidence that this year I took a flat that is located right opposite the Turkish flag which is carved into the mountains that divide us. Every time I look up from my computer or out of the window, I see the flag right in front of me and am reminded of the situation, that we cannot go to the North side of the island and they cannot come here. We hope soon that this situation might be resolved in a peaceful way which is beneficial to everyone.

During the next week, please hold Cyprus in your thoughts and meditation, and pray with us for peace in Cyprus, for the whole of the Middle East and for the world.

Love, light and blessings,

Maggie Erotokritou

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Maggie Erotokritou coordinates The Global Spiritual Network

To subscribe and receive our daily postings go at http://www.enabling.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/gsn

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See also the Peace Watch for Cyprus at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus76.htm




2.

A MOST BEAUTIFUL, SHINING EXAMPLE OF DEDICATED PEACEMAKERS MAKING A CRUCIAL DIFFERENCE

From: Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit <IGF@tamera.org>
Subject: Peace for Palestine and Israel & Movement for a Free Earth
Date: 6 Dec 2002

Follow up of the Peacecamp in Tamera

October 2002

Dear friends, colleagues, peaceworkers!

The International Peacecamp "Peace for Israel and Palestine" which took place in Tamera, Portugal from August 19th to September 6th 2002 was a promising beginning which demands consequences now. The Camp became an international love issue for all involved and now we face the crucial question: How do we make this emerging love last? We want to let people who were interested in this work but did not participate have an insight into this event and its outcome:

The participants came from all walks of life and all age groups. The younger ones particularly were a reason for hope. Young Palestinians who live under the Occupation everyday, who have to witness the violence right in front of their door without a chance to do anything about it, impressed us deeply with their steady "NEVERTHELESS". With all their determination they insisted on their truth: violence only creates counter-violence, we need a different solution. They put a lot of energy into their work with children and their artistic work and say: "We need an education which enables us to overcome the idea of enemies!"
From the younger section there were conscientious objectors from Israel, 'peace fighters' from Palestine politically committed students. Their understanding of the conflict, commitment and determination to create a process of peace between Israel and Palestine was enlightening.

For many of the Co-workers of Tamera it was a first direct contact to people of a current war zone. It makes a big difference whether you see the cruelty only on TV or whether you see the suffering of the people right in front of you. Our hearts were moved, many tears of compassion were shed and at the same time our political commitment gained strength and grew more determined. For the friendships that developed made the whole Peacecamp an 'international and political love affair'.

For three weeks Tamera reached a new level of international co-existence; politically, intellectually, spiritually and creatively. There were times when the common longing and the common goal to create a cosmic home and connect to all beings on this earth became visible - A healing power surpassing the history and implanted image of 'two enemies'. Peaceful thinking involves building up a vision of peace which is fundamentally beyond the thought of enemies. There were many conflicts to solve and we could study ourselves and on others to find what it means to solve conflicts on a higher level of a common goal and through the discovery that in the end we all share the same longings, hopes and fears. Our contribution was that we offered space for perception and listened to many different voices.

The enduring hope and commitment of all the participants was, at times, mixed with anger, frustration, suffering, celebration and joy. But, the hope was ever present acting as a thread that guided us towards the depth of belief in a culture of peace that we all commonly hold.
We as organizers were touched by the degree of hope and joy people are capable of even though they endure immeasurable suffering every day and by the fact that even after a few days a common base and orientation became visible. Together we discovered that every local conflict has a global aspect and concerns us all.

That the camp was outside the conflict area and within a living, working community had great effect. For most participants it would be impossible to meet in Israel and Palestine, but here they cooked together, played music, took walks, all important aspects in finding common ground. So two parallel parts came to merge; a heart space of friendship, and the political task of discovering concrete strategies in group discussion.

At the center of these strategies was the idea of the Peacevillage. Very soon this possibility started to shine on the horizon as a possible alternative. The building up of a peace model here in Portugal - where we can live such a privileged and peaceful live - needs all our commitment to live up as a powerful alternative to the suffering worldwide. To create such an alternative model on a solid human base has been the research work of the Institute for Global Peacework (and its preceding social experiments) for over 20 years now. We want to counterbalance the amount of suffering with a viable perspective of a fully lived and loving life. Only through this we gain the strength of effective action which is needed today. The camp encouraged us on that path. Again we recognized the necessity of self-sufficient life models as an alternative to the globalization of violence.

And now post-camp: After a period of reflection it is now time to bring together some of the ideas and visions, to formulate them into practical realities. At the moment there are five main lines along which we plan our further cooperation:

1. The first and most important consequence we take is to place the coming Summer university 2003 under the motto "Movement for a Free Earth". We want to put our work here in Tamera into the service of the worldwide peace movement. The Peaceschool Mirja will prepare and plan the next Summer University. We will emphasize the global aspect of the peace movement, strengthen it and work out models of solution. To this we invite our friends from Israel/Palestine, committed peaceworkers from Columbia, Ex-Yugoslavia and other areas of crisis to work on mutual alternatives and perspectives. Give the voice of peace the strength and the publicity that it needs.

2. Towards the end of the Peacecamp the idea came to organize a Peace Concert in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. A participant from the Occupied Territories has already taken the first steps to realize this event. Israeli musicians and a first group from Tamera are already determined to make their way to that concert and the choir of the Peaceschool Mirja in Tamera would perform there as well. For the students of the Peaceschool the preparation and organization of this journey will be part of their education towards peacework. We will go if we find sponsors for this journey. We are grateful for direct financial support and ideas are very welcome as well.

3. We have spoken to a German publisher who is interested in publishing a documentation of the Peacecamp as a book. In this case the book would be published in autumn 2003 at the earliest. Whoever knows a way for a quicker publication please let us know. At the moment we have a writing workshop in Tamera where we work out all the material we have and do further future planning. This material must go into the world. The concept for the book is already finished, now it only needs a publisher. We would like to publish many of the participants' contributions to give peace aspirations for the Middle East a clear voice which is able to open up perspectives and strengthen the international peace movement. Many voices were heard which can open up perspectives and give strength to the international peace movement. We would be especially grateful for hints concerning an English publisher.

4. We plan a Peace Concert tour summer 2003 through Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal together with the Israeli musicians Yair Dalal and Avi Agababa, as well as Palestinian and International musicians and lecturers. It would be combined with short peace visions and project presentations. Peacetalk contribution and musical acts shall strengthen and support each other. We plan to end the tour at the big Summercamp "Movement for a Free Earth" in Tamera, Portugal.

5. An initiative for a Peacevillage in Israel/Palestine developed. Moshe Berger founded the Motivation Circle for the founding of a Peacevillage in the Middle East on the Peacecamp. Since we believe in the field building power of peace models and we ourselves follow this principle in the building up of Tamera, we think a lot of how we can strengthen and support this growing initiative. We think of a next meeting attended by the co-wokers of Tamera already this winter when we travel to Bethlehem.

Also a number of ideas that will be carried out in Israel and Palestine between the participants were developed and laid out. For example, the development of working links between educators in both areas, and events where the children from different schools can come together.

Our strongest motivation is to build up the Movement for a Free Earth and bring together more and more people who are committed to peace. Our work on the inside as well as on the outside serves the realization of this vision.

Again, we want to thank you for your support, ideas and interest in our work.

In the name of the IGF - Shalom and Salaam!
Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn

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Summer University 2003 "Movement for a Free Earth" July 28 - August 6th of 2003

IGF - Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit (Institute for Global Peace Work)
Monte do Cerro, P-7630 Colos
http://www.tamera.org
igf@tamera.org
Tel: +351-283 635 3-06, Fax: -74

P.S. The printed report of the International Peacecamp "Peace in Palestine and Israel" 2002 held in Tamera is now available in English language. In this 44 page report we have included speeches, statements, reports and many photos to give a comprehensive impression of this moving event and about the results and perspectives.

You can order it for 5 Euro (+ the mailing costs) via: Amelie.Weimar.IGF@tamera.org




3.

From: Andromis <andromis@spiritlight.de>
Subject: Global Peace Meditation
Date: 6 Dec 2002

Greetings from Germany!

At easter this year we started a web-site called "Vision 2012" - http://www.vision2012.net
It is a project to combine the energies of all humans who wants to realizing a more peaceful and harmonious world on planet Gaia.

Part of this project is a global peace meditation on four sundays from October 2002 till Januar 2003 to anchor in this critical time more divine energies of love and light. Two dates are still left and I want to invite you to take part at 3:00 h pm EST (New York), 8:00 h pm GMT on

Sunday, December 15, 2002
Sunday, January 12, 2003

...to generate In these days of much terror and violence a strong field of love energy coming from all of our hearts.

We have the power of renewal on our side and that is a strong potential with which we can give a clear sign. Please look for more informations on the meditation-website at http://www.vision2012.net/meditation/index_en.htm or send an email to info@vision2012.net

With love+light

Andromis

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Vision 2012 - Global Vision for the Realization of a New Age
http://www.vision2012.net




4.

From: CapeCodCat@aol.com
Date: 7 Dec 2002
Subject: Shining Brightly, Caring Immensely -- Doing Random Acts of Kindness

It's a privilege and a pleasure to tell you about a non-profit that is near and dear to my heart, and I hope will become so to you also.

Have you ever had a dream? Was there ever a time in your life, that if someone, anyone had done something to give you a lift, give you a hand, give you a gift of something small, it might have changed your life?

- art supplies to a gifted young artist who can't afford them;
- education to a teen whose life it might change;
- the last bit of money to fund a medical treatment to someone elderly;
- a holiday meal to a family who needs some sparkle in their life.

This isn't about poverty, it's about kindness. That's what this non-profit does, random acts of kindness. And they do it anonymously. Furthermore, when they leave an anonymous gift they also leave a card with a website address: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org

The website explains in detail how the recipient of the gift can 'pay forward' similar acts of kindness. We hope that by requesting that the recipients pay it forward anonymously to 3 additional people, it will grow and transform our world to a kinder more benevolent place, where we all contribute to fulfilling each other's dreams and needs and wishes, anonymously, with kindness.

The premise of Dreamweavers is to provide random acts of kindness to people anonymously. Dreamweavers is a 501-c charity. Donations are tax deductible. The premise is in part taken from the movies Dear God and Pay it Forward. The idea being that kindness can multiply exponentially.

I invite you personally, to donate to this amazing charity, with a vision beyond the dollars you give. If you would like to make a donation, please fill out the form on the website and provide the necessary information. Dreamweavers accepts Paypal, email address DreamweaversOrg@aol.com

All monies collected go toward fulfilling deeds of kindness. No one involved in Dreamweavers draws a salary or is compensated for the work they do. Dreamweavers is also seeking corporate sponsors. Corporate sponsors are featured on the website.

I am putting this on the web to many groups. If you get this letter, place the word Lighthouse, in the special comments area. And spread the word!

Best to you

With love,

Marie Sultana Robinson
http://www.LighthouseConnections.com




5.

HERE IS ANOTHER MOST INTERESTING EXCERPT FROM THE EARTH RAINBOW VILLAGE DISCUSSION FORUM

From: EarthRainbowVillage@yahoogroups.com - Digest Number 115

Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002
From: MerFaeriel@aol.com
Subject: Re: Digest Number 102 - Joe

In a message dated 12/3/02, Joe <kieron1172@mn.rr.com> writes:

Hey Anni, how synchronistic that you should choose to mention that part about the octave. :o) I have finished re-reading "Merlin Awakes" by Peter Quiller, illustrated beautifully by Courtney Davis. Quiller relates his experiences with a presence he identifies as Merlin, and has condensed their conversations about life, spiritual evolution, and dealing with messes we face today. Merlin says,

"The number seven has anchored man to the Earth for too long. The reason for the heavy emphasis on sevens during this night of vision [described earlier in the chapter as visions of things to come] is to point out to you the end of their sovereignty. The number of the future is eight. If you think in terms of music, the seven notes are an incomplete octave; the eighth note finishes the scale and begins the next. With too much emphasis on seven, you get locked into the material world. To reach the higher worlds, you must move away from seven, otherwise you simply go round and round in circles, getting no- where... Subsequently I have begun to discover what the Mage meant by his reference to the number seven; it is so interesting that it merits a book on its own. Indeed there are other ideological connections which confirm the importance of octaves-- consider, for example, the Buddhist 'Eight-fold Path' and the Cosmic Family in the I-Ching" (p. 82)

AND ANNI REPLIED:

Hey, Joe -- this is really fascinating! It has echoes of Gurdjieff, whom I studied intensely years ago. He expounded his octave system (through Ouspensky) in "In Search of the Miraculous". On this world we have been experiencing an 'ascending' octave and are at the point between 'si' and the eighth note of completion and renewal, 'do'. According to Gurdjieff, it requires an additional strong "shock" at this point, to prevent 'deviation' and resumption of a 'descending' octave instead. So this would be a critical time just now -- as we all know! <sm>

It's fascinating to learn about the science and mathematics of vibration -- seven and eight are recurrent themes, certainly! "Apollo's Lyre" had seven strings. Buddha meditated for 7 years under the bodhi tree.... which is a reference to the 7-chakra system and the central channel of the spine along which they are arranged... also the caduceus. In mitosis, the cell divides through 7 stages before it duplicates itself completely in the eighth step. The rainbow is light prismed through water droplets into the seven colours. And on and on!!

JOE FURTHER WROTE:

This is Joe again. Long ago, I heard of this book through Davis' illustrations of Celtic knotwork, and considered getting it. Never did, until about 6 months ago. There's a LOT of stuff in it about the power of the mind to shape our reality, which is being confirmed yet again by all the stuff we've discussed in this list. It's happening so much and so often that I wonder if there has been some kind of "hundredth monkey" effect. In other words, everyone is on this "thoughts are powerful" kick!

AND ANNI CONCLUDED:

I must put Quiller on my "To Read" list! :)

Yes, the creative power of thought and the mind is a very old concept actually, which can be found in the perennial wisdom throughout the ages. In its modern incarnation, I believe it came into more or less 'popular' usage with the arrival in 'Seth' in the 60's. In "The Nature of Personal Reality" and other channeled books, he outlined the concepts behind 'creating your own reality'.

Unfortunately, his ideas have been grotesquely manipulated and misintepreted by not only 'Sethians' but many in the 'New Age' field generally.

What I think is especially exciting now is that we are discovering how we actually *co-create* realities, and how we are all responsible for that, and for each other! <sm>

Always good to hear from your thoughtful, philosophical self, Joe!

NOTE FROM JEAN: For those of you interested in the books of Peter Quiller (who BTW has been an ERN subscriber for several years), here are some more details...

"Following the successful publication of his two books, Merlin the Immortal and Merlin Awakes (now out of print), Peter Quiller has produced an updated edition of his extraordinary meetings with Merlin. The result is Merlin Awakens: Revelations for a New Age, which contains an account of Quiller's recent geomantic work, some of his latest dialogues with Merlin and photographic evidence never before published. Quiller reveals how the re-appearance of the Magician affected his attitude towards reality itself and divulges what Merlin had to say about the changes that are taking place as the New Age begins."

For more info go at http://www.earth-stars.com/merlin.htm




6.

Date: 08 Nov 2002
Subject: Once again, the relevance of Graceful Passages, and a recording for you to hear
From: Gary Malkin <gmalkin@earthlink.net>

Hello my friend.

Thank you for your constant, tireless efforts to keep the Light shining in the world.

Michael Stillwater and I have been pressing on in our efforts to raise awareness about our planned Wisdom of the World Series, and have been so deeply moved to see how Graceful Passages continues to touch families, heal people paralyzed by fear of dying and illnesses, and remind care providers why they got into health care in the first place.

And we continue to be reminded of how so many violent acts in this world are often committed because people never realized the cost of not digesting and processing their grief in the first place. Grief for so many things; the little and big deaths of our lives; the people who were cruel to us in our childhood or adulthood; the parenting we wish we had; the regret of not having life turn out exactly as one might have dreamed or hoped. The devasting grief of lost loved ones.

Graceful Passages is, as you know, a tool to bring people back to an intimate relationship with where the grief lies, and where the grief lies is where one's willingness lives - a willingness to be intimate with oneself, intimate with others, and intimate with one's Source.

So if you would be willing to share our website - http://www.gracefulpassages.com - with your audience again, it would help them remember why getting in touch with one's sense of what is important in life and why getting in touch with one's grief is so primary, when trying to make outer changes in the world. The only peace made in the world is a peace created in oneself. The contribution of Graceful Passages is our gift, our seed to each person, that when planted in one's heart, can have the power to create a sustainable peace that is about being, not doing; about embodying, not preaching.

As a gift to you Jean, I would like you to hear what I created for the commemorative event of Nine-Eleven at the Washington National Cathedral. I was asked to create an interfaith tribute to the power of Service that was catalyzed by Tragedy. It was called "Voices From Nine Eleven: A Gathering of Faith, Hope and Love", and the recording (in the folder that says 9/12 ) is what played as an introduction to the evening. I hope you listen to it, and I hope it touches you.

The url is: http://homepage.mac.com/garys_idisk

(NOTE FROM JEAN: I tried to listen to it but it is a 15 meg MP3 file which would have taken me 1:26 hr to download on my slow phoneline connection. But you are welcomed to go listen to it is you have a fast one. Gary also recommended you go check at http://wisdomoftheworld.com/ where he will try to make this recording available.)

Many blessings to you, Jean.

Gary

--

Gary Malkin
Co-Founder Companion Arts Foundation
Music and Wisdom in Service

1-888-242-6608
ph. (415) 209-9408
fax (415) 209-9608
P.O. Box 2528
Novato, CA 94948-2528

http://www.gracefulpassages.com

"The effect we can have on the world is unimaginable. The world needs us now. The Earth needs us. Spirit needs us. We need us. Will you help heal our community? Will you help change the world?"

-- From "Coming Out Spiritually" by Christian de la Huerta




7.

Sent by "Violette Ruffley" <wingsoflight@smnet.net>

The wooden bowl

"A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.

When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words struck the parents so, that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word were spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled."

On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

May the angels be with you and grant you peace.




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