Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Where are the Kings and Kennedys?

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Where are the Kings and the Kennedys?

“In Community of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents, to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors, and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect, hope and happiness.”

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. “

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

John F. Kennedy


Where are the leaders with the capacity to care?

To … make peaceful revolution possible instead of bringing on the inevitable violent one … that JFK predicted would come?

These pioneers fought for change in another dark time in America:

~ Children with any intellectual delay or disability locked away in filthy institutions

~ People segregated, disgraced, and tortured for the color of their skin

The legacies of the Kings and Kennedys changed the world.

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Where are today’s pioneers?

Why does the world celebrate hate?

Why does the world crave calamity?

Why does the world harbor such intolerance?

I saw a bumper sticker today…I misread it at first. (I hope I did.)

LOVE

TRUMPS

HATE

I first thought it read:

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

That little apostrophe does not exist on the bumper sticker, and while I have regrettably learned that many in this world do love “very, very tremendously” the Hate Trump delivers (as well as his ridiculously limited vocabulary)

There are just as many who believe that

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

Love outranks Hate

Love WINS over Hate

Love beats Hate

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We must be the pioneers.

While the world still benefits from the legacies of the Kings and Kennedys, and the time they fought in it ~ albeit for a brief interlude ~ we cannot sit, waiting for continued blessings from their work.

It is OUR work now.

STAND UP

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore 

July 28, 2018

 

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Breathe…a breath

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A breath ~

 

Done without thinking.

 

Yet…

 

An app on my watch tells me it’s time to Breathe, as if I’ve gone through the day without breath.

 

Take a breath.

 

We have developed into a world without breath.

 

Moments of terror Take Our Breath Away from us now, instead of beauty.

 

We are Out of Breath, screaming from the back row to the Powers That Be, about the injustices and atrocities we suffer ~ only to exhaust ourselves, left Gasping for Breath, learning that we might as well Save Our Breath.

 

In The Same Breath, we tell our children to stand tall ~ fight the good fight.

 

All the while, Under Our Breath, we mutter our disbelief at what this world has come to while on our watch.

 

Take a Breath.

 

We stand up to fight on, Catch Our Breath, taking pause or rest before continuing our battle.

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Take a Breath.

 

Children ripped from loving parents’ arms

Children left in abusive parents’ hands

Children placed in underfunded, over-crowded, collapsing schools

Children plopped in front of devices to keep them quiet instead of engaging them

Children ignored and allowed to do whatever they desire…

 

Yet we wonder why things are going to pot??

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Resume regular breathing.

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore – June 2018

Teach…our children well…

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“Test! Test! Test!”

“Push! Push! Push!”

You tiny little seed
so full of life and

POTENTIAL…

Am I filling your
LIFE
with energy
and
POSSIBILITY

or

Am I sucking you dry
ripping your little
roots out of the dirt

daily

to check

to see

if you’ve grown yet?

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore – 2010