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#81023 - 12/20/02 12:31 PM A message to us all.
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
A friend read this poem to a small group of us, all survivors or people who work with us, the other night.
It moved me immensley, I hope you all like it.

Quote:

To an English Friend in Africa
By Ben Okri.

Be grateful for freedom
To see other dreams.
Bless your loneliness as much as you drank
Of your former companionships.
All that you are experiencing now
Will become moods of future joys
So bless it all.
Do not think your ways superior
To another's
Do not venture to judge
But see things with fresh and open eyes
Do not condemn
But praise what you can
And when you can't be silent.

Time is now a gift for you
A gift of freedom
To think and remember and understand
The ever perplexing past
And to re-create yourself anew
In order to transform time.

Live while you are alive.
Learn the ways of silence and wisdom
Learn to act, learn a new speech
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit
Learn to free yourself from all things that have moulded you
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road.

Remember that all things which happen
To you are raw materials
Endlessly fertile

Endlessly yielding of thoughts that could change
Your life and go on doing for ever.

Never forget to pray and be thankful
For all the things good or bad on the rich road;
For everything is changeable
So long as you live while you are alive.

Fear not, but be full of light and love;
Fear not but be alert and receptive;
Fear not but act decisively when you should;
Fear not, but know when to stop;
Fear not for you are loved by me;
Fear not, for death is not the real terror,
But life -magically - is.

Be joyful in your silence
Be strong in your patience
Do not try to wrestle with the universe
But be sometimes like water or air
Sometimes like fire

Live slowly, think slowly, for time is a mystery.
Never forget that love
Requires that you be
The greatest person you are capable of being,
Self-generating and strong and gentle-
Your own hero and star.

Love demands the best in us
To always and in time overcome the worst
And lowest in our souls.
Love the world wisely.

It is love alone that is the greatest weapon
And the deepest and hardest secret.

So fear not, my friend.
The darkness is gentler than you think.
Be grateful for the manifold
Dreams of creation
And the many ways of unnumbered peoples.

Be grateful for life as you live it.
And may a wonderful light
Always guide you on the unfolding road.

March 1991
Ben Okri



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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

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#81024 - 12/20/02 02:45 PM Re: A message to us all.
Wuamei Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
Hey Lloydy that's really great, thanks for sharing it with us!

Wuame

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#81025 - 12/23/02 08:44 PM Re: A message to us all.
michael Joseph Offline
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Registered: 03/11/01
Posts: 2719
Loc: Virginia
Llody, that was an excellent message and poem.
Thank you for sharing it, it is a nice Christmas Present.

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#81026 - 12/23/02 11:44 PM Re: A message to us all.
The Dean Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Writtings like this have so much wisdom in them. How can we ever really live it all? I guess by just taking a thought or two at a time and really work on them, while reading and re-reading the cotton picking thing again and again.

It is great Lloydy. Best of all that wisdom to all of us in one way or another everyday.

Thanks L!

Bob

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If we do not live what we believe, then we will begin to believe what we live.

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