Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I Can Try.

I have a friend who I have been close with since we were in kindergarten. That is 31 years of friendship. More than half of our relationship has been spent on opposite sides of the planet from each other. She lives in London and I live in Vancouver. Fortunately we are both good at corresponding and avid emailers. I have been to London a couple times and the last trip was over Christmas about 12 years ago. Even then there were issues with bombs and other terrorist acts so we didn’t take The Tube very often. At that time it was the IRA who targeted transport over the holidays. I remember thinking then how I couldn’t understand the mentality behind these acts.

I could go on about how terrorism works and how terrible it all is but the news is doing a great job of that as I type. I have to admit being a Canadian makes these things still seem very far away. It is hard for me to think about what I can do to change anything. I feel very small and helpless in the grand scheme of things as a single individual. I am so thankful that my friend and her family are ok but I know there are many families out there, not just in London, who have lost a loved one today in a violent act. I have thought about what I can do today to affect change with small steps and came up with this. I can be more tolerant and understanding. I can be more loving to my family. I can be kind to others. I can vote in every election. I can donate time and money. I can teach a young person empathy and compassion. I believe every little bit helps.

10 comments:

Susie said...

It does. I believe that, too. If people who love put out more and more love, the hate will be no match for it. That sounds childish, but I absolutely believe it. Love must overpower hate. And it starts in each heart, in each family, neighborhood . . .
High five on doing your part, kranki, I know you do.

LadyBug said...

That was beautifully stated, kranki. God bless you.

p-daddy said...

A thoroughly devastating day but as you say we can only do our part and put some good vibes and love out there, pulling as many people along with us in the right direction. Your blog has hit a completely new level and I am so proud of you. I never thought I would say this but you will definately be a bigger survivor and have a better body than CHER!!
( I will now burst into flames for breaking one of the gay commandments). love you p-daddy

sarahkaplan said...

Stacey,
Great post and how true....it's
all the little things we do as individuals which will hopefully
change things....you hit the nail on the head with your post. (At least I think so)...

Anyway....I am getting ready for a stem-cell-transplant. It's a two step process to kill all my cells.
First mega doses of chemo...and
then radiation which they call
total irradiation...I can have the first round of chemo in my hometown...but I will be leaving my home town next week for a hospital in the eastern part of the us. That is when I will have the big guns...

Despite the fact I take the Zofran
I have what my doctor calls break throughs...where I just start hurling....So I will be glad to get this over with....As you said
in a previous post.....While I might feel really bad someday's. I also have day's where I am bored out of my mind.

A day like today when we see what we did in London....makes me think..you know...some terrorist
has invaded my body...and I will
win just like you will win...

God bless the folks in the United
Kingdom.....

Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah

L.Bo said...

"We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place."
Jane Goodall

You do far more than you know Stacey. I'm glad to hear your friends are safe.

Squirl said...

Kranki, you said it all. People think that the power of love is just a saying. I think it's a powerful vibration, just like hate. It will take a lot of love to overpower the hate out there but if we don't do it, who will? Thanks!

Courtney said...

Here Here!

Anonymous said...

Kranki, you are so not kranki. You are spreading the love. I couldn't agree more, and well said. My husband had been spending a lot of time in England over the last year for work, and he's been hit quite hard by this. He stayed in a hotel very near one of the tube stations that was bombed. Glad to hear miss moo is safe in London.

Hey, if you are spreading the love, does that make you a little bit hippy?????? : )

Mrs. B

sarahkaplan said...

I laughed out loud when I read "saliva" might be spewed at some point with that word. Very, very funny. Yiddish sounds as I am guessing you might know...similiar
to German, which is at the root of many of the words....We only use them to "spice up" the conversation. And I seldom use them in public! My partner who
is not Jewish....sorta does the eye roll....if I break into long
sentences. But hey I grew up listeing to my parent's speak
multiple languages. So it's all what you get used to....

Hope you have a great weekend...
Thanks for the smile

Sarah

Von Krankipantzen said...

susie-high five for doing your part too. I do belive every little bit helps. It is all about those vibes.

Ladybug-thank you! God Bless You TOO! You are doing your part by raising great kids. That is most important.

p-daddy-you are too funny. I hope the flames were not too terrible. I am so glad you stop my this ol' blog. Love you back.

sarahkaplan-here is to sending you great vibes for no more break throughs. I hope you are feeling good this week.

lbo-Just living fully is a great gift to the universe, I think. Doing your thing in a positive way. Now here are props to you for doing your bit everyday. I know you do.

squirl-you are so right. That love vibe will overpower hate every time. It is hard to remember that all the time but really important.

requiscat-I am with you on that toast!

mrsb-love to the hubs. I imagine it is tough. I guess I have blown my kranki cover. Ah well...

Sarahkaplan-my job is done then. Laughter is the best medicine. That little digest was right.