for Cheryl

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”

D.T. Suzuki


Sometimes I wonder where our leaders are.

I understand that no one’s perfect.
But what happened to the Churchills: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

The generals of old: “Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.” ~ Ulysses S. Grant

And those who, despite their suffering at the hands of others, lead the way toward change with a mighty heart: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every conflict may not be a peaceful one but without real leaders, there’s no end to it all.

Maybe it’ll be you. We need to be different than those who have come before us, but not against them. The first place conflict must cease is within ourselves.

Everyone: police officers, protestors, victims, criminals, holders of political offices, citizens, teachers, bankers, soldiers, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, innovators, entrepreneurs, students, parents, children, and on.

Just imagine. It starts with you.