Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hand in Hand


1) What is right with the world?
We are all linked, inextricably connected. And we want the same things: health, shelter, nourishment and well-being for ourselves, friends and family.

2) What is wrong with the world?
That we tend to forget this every day.


I have no lessons to give but after much thinking, this is the response that felt true to me based on my own experience in having travelled far and wide.

These two questions were the theme for this month's "By Invitation Only" post. To discover the other responses, please click here.

33 comments:

helen tilston said...

Hello Heather

You say it so well. We know what is wrong, we also know how to make it right, it is on our shoulders, get up, dust off, forgive and make a difference.
Have a wonderful day
Helen xx

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

What a beautiful way of illustrating our subject this month Heather. Wonderfully put and thought provoking.
Have a lovely week and here's hoping that the world will be an even more beautiful place in 2013. XXXX

Judith A. Ross said...

It doesn't take a lot of words to speak the truth, does it? Well said and thank you. xoxo

robin said...

LOVE THIS! A beautiful, simple, Buddhist message - I will try to remember this today! Sending love...

Lost in Provence said...

"Forgive"--what an amazing word, Helen. I still am working on that one, as important as it is!!
xo,
H

Lost in Provence said...

Thank you, Jackie. Wishing you a gorgeous 2013 ahead...

Lost in Provence said...

I thought you might appreciate this Judith. I know...it is a short one for me!! But it also goes along with "focus" too...?

Lost in Provence said...

...and receiving it Sister and sending it right back!

Francine Gardner said...

Beautifully put, it reflects my philosophy of life

Lost in Provence said...

That doesn't surprise me at all, Francine...Curious as to where your adventures will take you this year...

Suze said...

I think we're remembering more and more. Maybe? I hope so.

After Fifty said...

So true, love it!

Lost in Provence said...

Me too, Suzamahtooze. Me too.

LaPouyette said...

Hand in Hand - we can be strong! Strong enough to improve 'things' in the world, day by day.
You expressed it perfectly in a few words,Heather!
Warmest greetings,
Karin

Judith A. Ross said...

Yes, it does: homing in on one true thing.

Splenderosa said...

You said it perfectly, Heather. So simple. So difficult. I am so inspired to read the contributions of our membership today. Totally brilliant & insightful posts. xx's

Amelia said...

Very thought provoking. True we tend to forget that we're interconnected. This brings to mind the question..."Am I my brother's or sister's keeper?"

Amelia xx

D. A. Wolf said...

This pairing of lessons seems just right to me, Heather.

Perhaps we need to remind ourselves - and each other - just a little more often.

Loree said...

I loved your responses - so short yet to the point and such eye openers. Yes, we are linked, wonderfully and inextricably so.

I Dream Of said...

Simple, but so true Heather. And I think life looks a lot better even in tough times when we keep our minds focused on the simplest things. I'm glad we live in a small world where everyone is connected! XO

cindy hattersley design said...

Perfectly thought provokingly simple....

carolyn bradford said...

I love reading the "By Invitation Only" posts from everyone! They are always great and inspiring! This was beautiful!

Mumbai said...

Brilliant, concisely answer to a tough theme. Of course, you can make an endless list what is good or bad but there is nothing more to say about because it is up to us how the world is and everybody can also create his own little world.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Heather:
How deliciously simple and yet, how such small acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, gratitude and love can evade us. We can all make a difference and, together, that difference would be astonishing. Most importantly, we must not feel powerless to make our voices heard.

Having read through some of your recent posts, we are touched by their beauty. In capturing stunning images, in stripping bare ideas to their core and in comforting our souls with your uplifting spirit, you make the world a richer and more beautiful place. May all your dreams for 2013 come true.....

Lost in Provence said...

Good question, Amelia!

Lost in Provence said...

Me too, Jeanne. And I can tell you with all certainty that cherry jam got me through a very tough transition here in France. The power of the little should never be underestimated.

Lost in Provence said...

Worlds within worlds, absolutely. But that doesn't change our connection or responsibility to that connection does it?

Lost in Provence said...

Thank you dear friends. I am so grateful for you both.

Karen Albert said...

Heather, so poignantly put in a few words. Lets vow to make all right with the world in any way we can!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Ann Mah said...

Your responses strike a chord in my own heart, dear Heather. I'm vowing to try harder to remember the first one.

teamgloria said...

Quelle splendid sentiments indeed.

Feeling part of a chain lying Here in flu misere with all those delicious warm comments via the interweb. Makes it so much easier to know this too shall pass.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wonderful answers!

Tish Jett said...

Yes, dear Heather, that's it.

xoxo,
Tish