“Peace on earth is rarer than an oyster’s pearl, as conflict around us continues to swirl.” ~ Roger Hollander, human rights activist.
Last night I was thinking about the message of Christmas supposedly being “Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.” This time last year, I wrote a blog on my old site, and part of it went like this,
“On Sky News this evening, I saw the dreadful news coming out of Baghdad and Syria. So many people dead and injured in the latest terrorist attacks. Families devastated in Baghdad as a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden vehicle, blew himself up outside the office of a government agency fighting corruption. Reports from a human rights group in Syria, tell us that more than 6 200 people including hundreds of children have died in Syria’s crackdown on an anti-government revolt. At least 40 people have been killed and 100 injured in two explosions at security bases in Damascus, which according to state TV, were the work of terrorists.”
I does seem to me that we don’t seem to have learned anything in the last year, because we still have the carnage going on in Syria, and families are still being torn apart by the ongoing war there. So many people throughout the world are suffering because of greedy men fighting for power. I believe that the concept “Peace on earth” is sadly as elusive as it ever was. My heart goes out to all the innocent people caught up in these terrible situations. Because of man’s inhumanity to his fellow-man, for many people, these last days of 2012 have been filled with shock, grief and trauma, instead of joy and celebration.
“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” ~William Gladstone
For all of us who are fortunate enough to be spending this season with family and friends in a peaceful environment, it’s an opportunity for us to give thanks for our many blessings. I for one am so very grateful that I’m here, and not living in one of those strife-torn countries.
I would like to thank you all for all the congratulations and good wishes expressed on my last post. You are such a lovely bunch of bloggers, and I really appreciate this caring community. On Thursday we leave for our road trip up to New Jersey to spend Christmas with our dear son and his family. On Thursday, we’ll be staying overnight in Savannah, and on Friday, in Richmond Virginia. I’m so looking forward to the drive up there, and have so much present wrapping to do today, before I start packing. I hope I’ll be able to do a couple of blogs whilst we’re away.
Let me leave you with good wishes for the holiday season, and a few pics of some of the decorations I’ve seen around Florida in the past few days. I’m hoping to be able to go into NY city to see all the Christmas lights, especially the huge tree at the Rockefeller Centre.
My son sent me this photo last year, from the Huffington Post. In New York, people try to outdo each other with their inventiveness for decorating their homes. This homeowner had to dismantle his efforts, after this scene almost caused road accidents, when people screeched to a halt to rush to this dummy’s assistance. He said, ” A 55-year-old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder and almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn’t realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of the many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn’t take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.”
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
~ Mother Teresa
Prefect thoughtful post, Sylvia. And Good Wishes to you & to yours this holiday season!
Thanks so much, Tahira. You too. xx
I agree with you… We talk a lot about peace yet it seems so elusive as wars and attacks continue around the world… If w have peace, we are truly blessed. Enjoy your time away and thank you for being a great blog friend. Blessings!
Thanks, Elizabeth. I really appreciate your friendship too. *hugs*
Spending Christmas with your family is such a special time so I wish you a safe road trip and a very happy family Christmas
Thanks so much, Pommepal. 🙂
I wonder what gave that guy the idea that someone just hanging around would be a good decoration theme?
Read missed posts avidly, but will abstain from individual comment.
Yes I wondered that too. It was rather naughty though; just the sort of joke you might dream up. 😀
May we still love each other. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013
I agree with you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too. xx
Christmas is always magical and filled with love. If we could keep that glow all through the year … how wonderful that would be.
Merry Christmas …
It would be wonderful indeed, Izzy. We can but try. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too.
Going home and loving your family. The perfect remedy to this violent world. 🙂 Happiest of holidays to you, Sylvia! Hugs to you and your family. xxx
Yes it is the perfect remedy, Cathy. Hugs to you too. xx
Enjoy your trip, AD, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family, God bless you and keep you safe. ♥
Thanks so much, adee. xx
Seems you have a lot of road miles ahead of you this next few weeks. Please be safe, drive carefully and may the weather favor you. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time visiting family and friends.
Thanks, Emily. We’ll soon be in Georgia. Making good time. 🙂 Marry Christmas to you too. xx
I love that William Gladstone quote – so true!
Merry Christmas to you and your family and I hope you have a wonderful, safe journey 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. xx
To you and yours, ad, be safe, be well, and have a very merry peace-filled Christmas. Gemma
Thanks so much, Gemma. xx
Merry Christmas, AD! Have a safe trip!
Thanks so much. Amy. 🙂
Peace and love – two simple words and somehow we can’t seem to have enough in this world. I wish more women were country leaders. They’re not as eager for power and we’d all be in better shape.
I think you could well be right there, Milka.
Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, Sylvia. xx
Thanks so much, Marianne. 🙂
Merry christmas,have a safe drive.
Thanks, matron. Merry Christmas to you too. 🙂
Merry Christmas and all the best to you and your family Sylvia.
Thanks, Phil. Same to you and yours. 🙂
WOW!!! Just awe….wow!!! 😀
Hehehe. Merry Christmas, Steve. 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and yours too 🙂
Thanks, Steve. 🙂
Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year
Thank Scott, and the same good wishes to you and yours. 🙂
Merry Christmas and enjoy your travels.
Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you too. xx
Happy Holidays and pleasant drive to New Jersey, AD…x
Thanks so much, cocoa. xx
Have a good time with your family. Best wishes for you and your family over this festive season *hugs*
Hugs to you too, TA. I hope your Christmas is a happy and peaceful one, with plenty to eat. 😀
I’ll be having a feast because I’m sure you’ll be sharing some with us as well 😉
😀 You know me too well.
Safe travels and a blessed Christmas to you and your family Sylvia.
Thanks so much, LuAnn. Wishing you the same. xx
Peace as you say Sylvia seems as illusive as ever but we cannot lose hope. I like the Mother Teresa quote. Have a fabulous time away with your family. Enjoy the road trip and take care. 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. Happy Christmas to you too. 🙂
Have a safe trip and enjoy the time with the family.
Lots of love xxxxx
Thanks so much, Pussycat. Love to you too. xx 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your family AD 🙂
Thanks very much, Tandy. 🙂
Wishing you a safe road trip and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. It seems we cannot control the lack of peace around the world but we can control the peace within ourselves. If everyone gets that under control, there will be peace in the world.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. Yes, you’re so right about peace beginning in our own hearts and minds.. xx
LOL … that last photo is awesome!
Meanwhile, thanks for sharing your wonderful words. Two thoughts come to mind. The first being something I can’t totally remember, but will give it my best. It’s about the conflict humans face: reaching out to embrace all humanity versus yielding/bending one’s values – thus yielding to force against those with different values.
I’m not a Trekkie, but there is a great line from (I think) First Contact. The Vulcans tell humans that we are so barbaric because we settle disputes through war and violence over logic.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a glorious trip northward, and hope you get a chance to stop by my holiday party!
Glad you enjoyed the photo, Frank. I think it’s hilarious and very clever. 😀
Hope you party is really great, with or without me. 😀
But you can always drop by later! 😀
That last picture was so funny 😉 Have to say, here they would probably have phoned the cops and ADT – thinking it’s a burglar 🙂
Have a good trip AD – hope you hear from you again before Christmas though 🙂
This is true. We always suspect the worst in SA. 😉 Thanks so much for the Christmas wishes. I’m sure you’ll have a good one too. xx
Hi AD, have a great trip. That guy hanging from the house gutters is so clever 😀
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.
Thanks, footsy. Same to you. Hugs.
OMG I love the guy holding onto the house! HOW HILARIOUS!!! I would TOTALLY be the person stopping my care go help LOLOL LOVE IT!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MINE TO YOURS!!!
Glad you enjoyed, Jasmine. 😀 Happy holidays to you too.
If only we could find that Peace on Earth…. your words were so touching.
Safe travels and may you have a wonderful time with the family!
If only, Gunta. *sigh* Thanks for the good wishes. We’re making good time. 🙂
Hope you have a very safe trip ad. I agree, it is such a blessing to have our family and loved ones around us for Christmas. I wish you, because you are one of my special bloggy friends, a really wonderful Christmas filled with love.
*hugs and love*
Thanks so much, Hopestar. You’re pretty special yourself. 🙂 Happy Christmas to you and your family. Special Christmassy hugs to you. xx