Necessary mourning:death and dying: brings us together, hopefully
A month of mourning: 26 December 2016 to 26 January 2017
I have decided to use the days from December 26, 2016 to January 26, 2017 as a period of mourning for all the people who have died everywhere, globally, during the year 2016. As you think about this thing that I am doing I would like for you to think about people that you know who have died, anywhere in the world, and try to have a "thought of Peace" or goodwill, within your heart, to wish them the best.
This process, of thinking of them during the course of your day, and wishing them Peace, is good enough as you carry on the Process of Living your Life. Living your life, to the fullest, as you go forward, is a task, in and of its self sometimes. I understand this to be true.
President Vladimir Putin declared December 26, 2016 as a day of mourning for the 92 Russians who died when their TU-154 jet plane crashed into the Black Sea, near Sochi. It is good that he set aside one day for mourning but this will not be good enough. People will be mourning this loss of human life for years to come, especially within the country of Russia.
John Donne, in his famous poem, "For whom the bell tolls," got it right when he wrote, "No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."
And at the end of the poem he went on to say, "Each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls,
it tolls for thee."
I, personally can feel it. I feel like a part of me died with those Russians. I, personally could have died many years ago, considering all the traveling that I have done flying aboard all kind of airliners, some of them, probably not in the best of repair.
There was another plane crash, the one with the professional Brazilian soccer team aboard it, where six people, including three players, survived, while 71 aboard the plane died.
If we look at all the people that died in 2016, everywhere, globally, we would be overwhelmed by the great number of them. Look at all the people that terrorists have killed. Look at the civil wars being fought. Crime in the big cities and in small towns where people are killed add up to huge numbers.
To "mourn" is a synonym for "grief". I have been grieving or mourning a lot lately. During the whole United States of America election process, which was long, hateful, ugly and a disgrace before the Global Community, and before God even, I found myself grieving from the "shame" that it was causing decent human being within the context of our great country. I find myself still grieving because of the "less than bright future" that our country is facing as we move into the year 2017.
All is well, however. Who ever promised we Americans that live would be easy or glorious for us forever, or all the time, upon this earth. This is a real world that we live in. If you are aware of even a little history, world history, United States history or history that is in the making as we move through this day, you will notice that grief is Life. People suffering is a real Life process. You will suffer, yourself, someday, if you have not already suffered. Life is like this.
Praying for people is a good thing for those of you who are religious. How I wish that talking about Religion what within the scope of this brief article, but I will deal with religion later in other discourses, surely. However, if you can find it within your heart to do something good for someone who is in need, this will make you feel better, inside, and will decrease you grief and suffering. It is a strange thing how giving of yourself can help you to feel better about yourself and about those who are around you. Doing a good deed will even help you to feel better about the hateful people who exist around you. Really!
Okay. I will not say more about this. There is a great scripture that reads, "We should laugh and rejoice with those who are laughing and rejoicing, and that we should moan with those who are moaning," even to the point of sharing their suffering. Even unto tears! This is a spiritual thing.
Happy New Year, all." I love and care about all of you, everywhere globally. No exceptions! We are all caught up in this thing called Life, together. We swim or we sink, together! This is reality. As real as it gets.
As we go, Peace!