Between Friends - Interwoven Lives

By Doreen Barber


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Dr. Izzadin Abu Alaish is a Palestinian advocating for peace between Israel and his fellow Palestinians despite losing three of his eight children in his war-ravaged neighbourhood. His loss has not changed his heart. He has remained forgiving, kind and focused on achieving peace in the region.

All humanity, whatever the society or culture, has a common thread of pain, loss, disappointment and tragedy. How we handle adversity determines the kind of person we become.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” -Mohandas Gandhi

If anger and resentment are allowed to remain in our hearts, they alter our perception and lead to hatred, revenge, hostility and isolation. Our inner peace slips away and our sense of connectedness is lost.

People who rise above personal tragedy bring hope to those who observe their triumph. Tenacity and resolve are notable characteristics common to those who overcome difficult challenges. Inner peace and a high level of awareness are available to those who strive for it. Coincidence has no place in finding deep inner peace.

“Life is just a chance to grow a soul.” -A. Powell Davies

Trouble abroad, in our own country, province or neighbourhood can now be seen around the world in minutes. We are inundated with information through a multiplicity of technological devices. It is important that we process and react to the flood of predominately negative information in an appropriate manner. Keeping our heads above the flood of negative information is a challenge, but it’s worth the effort. The choices we make impact our lives and the world around us. It begins with our families, friends, neighbours - and beyond.

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” -Marianne Williamson

 

SEPTEMBER 2009 - VANCOUVER & LOWER MAINLAND

 

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