Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

listen.. and speak up

40 years is a long time to wait for people to listen and truly hear.

Have we heard?

Will we hear?


I hope so... hold on to hope...

Today, millions of Canadians are going to vote. God I hope they go and vote...

I just hope this election doesn't leave us with a big post-Thanksgiving turkey... nothing but a carcass and the bits no one wanted. They say timing is everything.

I'll be bringing Chicklet with me as I have for every election (including municipal) since she was a baby. I hold on to hope...

Neither of our two countries have a "Bobby" to look to this fall, but at least we HAVE a choice.

And for that... I am thankful.

"First is the danger of futility; the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. "Give me a place to stand," said Archimedes, "and I will move the world." These men moved the world, and so can we all."
- Bobby Kennedy

Are YOU registered to vote?

Do YOU have a Peace Globe?

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
- Bobby Kennedy


Mimi Lenox said...

Whenever I hear or read Bobby Kennedy's words, I am moved and full of hope all over again.

Thank you for this wonderful post.
Love to you and Chicklet today....

Jeff B said...

Registered and ready to cast my vote this November.

Still have to design the peace globe, but I definitely plan on participating.

Matt-Man said...

A good speech as was his speech the night of April 4 in Indianapolis. Not only a speech but in a way, his own eulogy. Happy Voting, Anndi. Cheers!!

Anndi said...

Mims: I watched "Bobby" this weekend and it made me feel better about the future. As long as there are people like you and me who remember his words, we still have hope.

Jeff: I got my confirmation card a while ago telling me which polling station to go to. It's close to home. Glad you're registered my friend.

Matt: He had a way with words, and backed them up with action. I've read a transcript of that speech. Very powerful. Voting has always been a big deal in my family. I'm looking forward to it.

steenky bee said...

I'm always touched by his words. Thanks for this. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I hope the voting comes out the right way. At least there is a choice. Too often there isn't a "real" choice.


I remember watching the Nuns crying in the Classroom when RFK was assassinated. He certainly was no angel but he did not deserve to die that way. I also remember that Sirhan Sirhan was the first time that I heard the word Palestinian.

Today I'm going to hold my nose and cast my ballot as will everyone in my household..
because if they don't they know that they are not allowed to bitch about the Government.

Our process may be totally fecockt but this generation doesn't have the cajones to change it and make it equitable..maybe my kid's generation will.

Vote Early and Vote Often!

Anndi said...

Steeky: You're welcome... and thank YOU for stopping by on the littlest Bee's birthday. You're agem sweetie... and I'm thankful for you.

Charles: Just having a choice is amazing.

Donn: I hope my daughter kicks butt when she's old enough to vote. My mom taught me that if you don't vote you have to put up with the schmucks... I hate not being allowed to complain, so...
Think they'll let me vote if I show up wearing a gas mask? I can say it's for religious reasons...

Brian o vretanos said...

I think we get the leaders we deserve, not just by the way we vote, but because they are a reflection of society.

I hope that whoever gets in doesn't disappoint.

Fortune Cookies said...

What a beautiful post. He was a true inspiration and not only did he inspire people to hope, but he inspired people to take action on those hopes. That takes a truly special person.

Akelamalu said...

I get so mad when I hear people say "I can't be bothered to vote". I rant and rail "people died to get you the vote the least you can do is use it for God's sake!" Great post Anndi. x

Anndi said...

Brian: I've been thinking that the people who could make a difference are disgusted by the process and achieve great things elsewhere.
It's a fair bet that I'll be disappointed unfortunately.

Fortune cookies: He was very special indeed... maybe someday another bright shinning light will lead the way. In the meantime, I'll do what I can in my little corner of the universe.

Anndi said...

Akelamalu: I have never been able to understand someone not voting... never.

San said...

Wise and moving words from Bobby. Thank you for posting them, Anndi. They're very relevant to us right now too, in the US. As you know, we have an election coming up and it is my intention to vote early and leave a paper trail. I am desperately hoping for fresh leadership.

Turnbaby said...

I always vote and I always hope they can at least do some of what they promise.

I think that we have made the process so abominable that we lose out on some great minds.

Anndi said...

San: I've been following your process quite attentively. I hope change will come for you my dear friend.

Turnbaby: Every voice counts. It's important that yours be heard.
And I tend to agree that the process is probably discouraging amazing individuals who might feel more effective elsewhere.

Kay said...

I am a big fan of educated voting. Voting for the sake of voting seems not only silly but downright dangerous.

I wish we had more peeps like you down here.....

VE said...

I miss having a Bobby. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done; how differently our country would have been.

nitebyrd said...

We'll be going to vote very soon. It's sad that we don't have another Bobby or Jack to vote for either.

Dan said...

they always dissapoint, I bet you someone wrote all that for Bobby Kennedy.

Slyde said...

im not canadian, but yes, i am registered, and ill be damn sure to vote next month!

Travis said...

I shall vote as I always do. And I shall suspend my cynicism, as I also always do in the first days of any Presidency.

We do ourselves and our candidates a disservice by presupposing failure before anyone has a chance to sit in the chair.

I did not vote for President Bush, and yet in term the first I suspended my displeasure and gave the man the benefit. I shall do so again, regardless of which candidate wins the election.

I believe it is my duty to educate myself and to vote my conscience. And I shall do so.

Good luck with your election.

Barbara said...

Hi Anndi,
I'm glad that you voted; I heard the results on TV5 this morning.
I have already voted via an absentee ballot for the General elections.

I hope that you are fin & your daughter is feeling better now.


Lu' said...

Pwerful stuff. Truely enjoyed the Bobby quote:)

Starrlight said...

I firmly believe in the ripples of hope. That said I'd give my left boob for a Bobby. That man was the change we needed.

Anndi said...

Kay: It doesn't happen by accident. My parents taught me the importance of my voice.

Ve: Indeed.

Nitebyrd: Good luck!

Dan: At least someone thought it up... and that alone should be encouraging.

Slyde: Good man!

Travis: First terms are an opportunity to see what candidates re made of, but when a second term rolls around, they rarely learn new tricks.

Barbara: I'm glad you made it home safely and sad we didn't get a chance to meet, but so glad I got to hear your voice over the phone. Chicklet is doing very well.

Lu: His words are very powerful.

Starr: Let's hope a boob doesn't end up in office after your elections.