Wednesday, February 4, 2009

World peace

So, really, I have nothing of consequence to post about, but I love reading everyone's blogs (well, not everyone in the whole wide world, because if that were the case, I would never have time to do anything else, not even sleep. But everyone whose blogs I have bookmarked), and I started feeling like it had been a long time since I had posted. So, here we go. I just found a recipe for cookies via a blog and the post title with the recipe had something about world peace in it. It appears I have a little bit of an issue with run-on sentences tonight. I wonder if that's a symptom of something, like brain overload? I've been so touched recently by the posts I've been reading. Beverly has a beautiful post about her growing family. I love Rilke too. I was much older when I discovered his writing. My favorite quote of his (so far) is this one:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I think I like it so much because it speaks to the belief I hold fast to, that although what we do in our lives might not impact the big picture, at least not in ways we might be able to see, they impact the big picture in the way talked about in the quote. I might not be able to make world peace, but I can make peace (or try to) in my house, at my job, in my neighborhood. And by doing that, it ripples out to others and then the things they do ripple out to others . . . like pay it forward.
Kristen has a beautiful post about siblings. It made me remember my siblings and hope that someday our girls will have wonderful memories of their growing up years and wonderful relationships with each other, although some days that's hard to imagine.
So many of the blogs I read have had posts to pray for Cora. I encourage everyone to pray for Cora and her family. From the moment our first daughter was born, the world changed for me. I remember leaving the hospital and seeing all the people in Newton going on with their daily lives like everything was still like it had been the day before. But it wasn't. The world had changed, hugely. And, my greatest fear was that something would happen, she would get sick or hurt, and I would have to watch her suffer. I'm so sad any parent has to do that.


PamperingBeki said...

I agree Beth. That's a neat way to look at it, that the world has changed.

I remember visiting Jess's class on my kids' birthdays and every time they sing that song "On the day ____ was born, the angels sang and they blew on their horns. They danced, they danced, they smiled and raised up their hands" - it just makes me tear up. All of heaven celebrated the day Cora was born.

And even though there is a peace knowing she's okay now, my heart is just broken for any parent that has to go through this pain.