RE: Gardeners Growing Peace
- Subject: RE: [cg] Gardeners Growing Peace
- From: "John Verin" jverin@Pennhort.org
- Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 14:59:48 -0500
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- Thread-topic: [cg] Gardeners Growing Peace
A lovely flower has been called forth. What joy!
Citywide Project Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
From: Dawn M. Ripley` [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 2:53 PM
To: John Verin; CG List (E-mail)
Subject: Re: [cg] Gardeners Growing Peace
I rarely surface on this list, but your words of hope and encouragement
pushed me to emerge--kind of like the plant life here in the Ohio River
Valley. Thank you for reminding me that it is indeed spring, and that we
ARE all beautiful gardens--it was just the word of peace that I so badly
Under the Mercy,
At 01:23 PM 3/20/2003 -0500, John Verin wrote:
>While a certain part of the world is the focus of our national attention
>at this time, it is not the only place where frightened hearts and closed
>minds are waging violence.
>In these turbulent times, I highly encourage you to keep as detached from
>the media as possible, and focus on the fact that you are one of many
>people in the world who, by gardening, believe in a beautiful, vital world
>that can be shared by all. Gather with your fellow gardeners and other
>friends, and make a conscious point of talking about what is good and
>beautiful in your lives and this world. You could hold a peace vigil in
>your garden, open to the whole neighborhood, "peace" being not just
>"anti-war" but peace for all people in all ways, including their personal
>Certain forces want us to be scared and believing we're helpless to make a
>difference, and the media perpetuates that. Defy this every day with some
>form of celebration or expression of gratitude. Hold a seed in your hand
>and realize the life force of the whole universe is contained in such a
>small thing, and that the two of you can work together to sustain that
>life force for all beings.
>As Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in this world." Want peace?
>Be peaceful. Ask for help in doing this. Offer help in doing this. Let the
>garden help all of you. It's why it's there for you.
>Sow compassion and patience, especially for the ones you call "enemy."
>As Winston Churchill said to a class of graduates in the midst of war
>(paraphrasing) "I'm here to tell you the three time when you should give
>up; never, never and never."
>While these times seem turbulent, it is the best time to stay focused on
>what's Good in life. Today is the first day of Spring, the day of new
>beginnings, the day of life returning from the cold of winter, the day of
>plants growing again. It's raining. Thankfully! The Earth and we need it.
>Today is the first day of Spring. Celebrate as the beautiful garden that
>In humble service and boundless joy,
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