When you talk to others be honest with yourself.
I think this has something to do with both my family and spiritual background. I suppose it also has a lot to do with my journey in life, hard in many parts and joyful in others, even if for just a moment. My journey in life, I think, is dictated by the paths I originally chose for myself and those that were chosen for me. I imagine myself writing a short story someday about three young women called Faith, Hope and Charity.
These are already girls’ names. Many a mother and father have chosen to go against the grain of their religion or culture by naming their children thus. I think this is lovely. Think, for a moment what these words mean. Of course, there was one famous woman who named herself Courtney Love but what a mess she turned out to be. Then there was a highly talented artist who gave herself the stage name of Lady Gaga, whatever that means.
Did she happen to copy and paste the famous Queen song Radio Gaga when giving her this infectious name. Like most of her songs, it is rather catchy. How can anyone forget a name like that? That reminds me, the Communist
government of the so-called People’s Republic of China went all ballistic when the good old Dalai Lama was visiting the USA recently. In the interests of détente, the Chinese government respectfully warned the US government not to associate themselves with His Holiness as his followers refer to him.
But I was quite pleased to read at how my favorite world leader, US President Barack Obama gave his Chinese counterparts the proverbial middle finger and met with the Dalai Lama in the famous Oval Office anyway. Well, good for him. It’s about spreading the message of peace and love anyway, isn’t it. It’s not about creating still more obstacles. The world is in a sorry state as it is already.
I lied. Barack Obama is not my favorite politician. In fact, he has to share that honor with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. I can’t think of any one leader who has done more to unify people towards one just cause than this first lady. And in the global context, she is doing more than her counterparts to bring peace to the world. To do this much, surely, you must have love in your heart.
What else could motivate you to such great heights? While Obama’s troops are dueling it out with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s men of war to stamp out the scourge that is the IS and pick sides in the ongoing Syrian civil war, Merkel continues to lead by welcoming the Syrian refugees with open arms. Right now, she is being castigated in some circles for doing this.
Obama and the Dalai Lama have something in common.
Both great men were bestowed with the Nobel Prize for Peace. The Dalai Lama’s cause is well-known, but less is known about why Obama, Commander in Chief, was given this honor. You see, right from the beginning during his first term of office, the US President wanted to initiate a radical process of ridding the world of the dangerous weapons of mass destruction for once and for all. I think she’s a lady of love, so it’s only a matter of time before Merkel is similarly honored.
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family.
When I think about it, I did not always choose my friends. Young, free-spirited but still quite lonely, there was