All that’s required is to take a moment and about 100 words. Then, on Dec. 24, 2013, please share a prayer, a thought, a memory, a hope and even a regret about the past and/or a wish for the future.
FOR MY COUNTRY
I'd like to dwell on the words of this famous poem.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
We face hardships and trials, seemingly unsurmountable obstacles, yet we find the strength to carry on, a testament to the indomitable human spirit.
With the help of God, may we continue to persevere.
As humans we are blessed with the unique ability to overcome these obstacles, and as captains of our fate we have control over choices that we make, choices that will impact the course of our destiny.
With the help of God, may we continue to make wise choices.
We have a fighting spirit, one that is strong and resilient, because strength and determination have no creed, colour or religion.
With the help of God, may we continue to fight injustices, in whatever forms they present themselves.
FOR MY BLOGGY FRIENDS
"In Africa there is a concept known as ubuntu – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others." – Nelson Mandela.
We are bound by a common humanity. If I am to accomplish anything on this literary journey, it will in equal measure be due to your achievement, input and generosity. I thank God that I've been privileged to meet you all, such a fantastic and generous bunch of people, from all different walks of life. God bless you.
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain." – Emily Dickinson.
HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS.