David and I went to Walmart this morning after Starbucks. As we entered, I was struck with a flooding memory of another Walmart, in Gilbert, Arizona several years ago. I was with my son and his family and we had stopped after church to get a sub and do some shopping. That was an ordinary day as well, though it was not our ordinary Sunday after church stop. Chris was ordering when he leaned into the order taker and said, “I will pay for their lunch , ” and nodded at two very young soldiers in their fatigues waiting in line. I had not even noticed them and I turned and looked. Oh my , they were so young.
We got our food and went to sit down as the young men started to order. All of a sudden they turned and looked in our direction and smiled. Carrying their trays of food, they walked over to our table. They spoke as one to Chris, “Thank you so much sir, for your generosity!” Chris replied, ” I thank you for your service,” and I wiped away tears. Just a moment on an ordinary day, two young men were thanked with a simple lunch and a mama was thankful and proud of her son.
Today, this memory made me think of sons… mine , those young soldiers, the sons and daughters gassed in Syria, the American soldiers who may well be called into yet another situation in the Mideast, the ordinary Syrians who wait and hide from soldiers killing them on the ground and airstrikes which seem inevitable from the Americans. There are sons everywhere even Mr. Assad, who is trained to be Dr. Assad, after taking the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.” How did he go from a vision to help the blind to gassing his own people? What should America do? There seems no where we have gone to “”help” with our treasure and our children that is better now after our sacrifice…Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria standing boldly with Russia, and China and Iran who supply them with support. Will we be helping our enemies if we arm the rebels in Syria? Are they out to destroy us, too? Everything is so complicated! Will that young man in Tunisia in December 2010 with his act of desperation and self immolation become the impetus to WWIII? But the United States has a history of helping the downtrodden….right? But not in the Sudan….. I think of the sons and daughters in our government who are deciding on what the US should do. . . . .Mr. Obama and his advisers. Why can’t people show mercy and generosity, why can’t they treat others as they themselves want to be treated? It seems to me that all people everywhere want what Mr. Jefferson wrote so eloquently in our Declaration of Independence, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Oh, but how to get there?
“Life is a series of choices that are made in the present moment.” -Darren Main
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” -Japanese Proverb
Lord have mercy on us all!
Namaste. . . . .. . ..This Is the World Today
Syrian refugees in Turkish camps. . . . .
Bodies with no visible wound filling the morgues in Syria.