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When a bright spotlight of fame-and-fortune becomes the first and only light a young person experiences as a guide in growing up into a well-balanced adult, it can cause serious challenges along the way.
Imagine being the only daughter of a very famous musician; he passed away June 25, 2009…
That your birth mother was never part of your life because she gave up her parental rights in exchange for (lots, and lots of it) money…
That you only recently reconnected with your birth mom…
That your primary caretaker is your 83 year-old granny…
That you still grieve the suicidal death of your famous father…
Imagine living as Paris Jackson.
As I read, A Cry for Help, a People magazine article, I was hurting along with young Paris. June must be a tough month; so tough to want her life to end in similar fashion as her dad, Michael Jackson.
After reflection, however, I began to wonder:
Why is it that all the celebrity power and all the money in the world cannot bring a sense of peace nor happiness to a person?
Did Michael Jackson do his children a favor by literally obliterating their birth mother from their lives?
Did Michael use his power and money to hide years of severe underlying dysfunction within him?
I know tough questions like these probably will go unanswered. But, here we have a fifteen-year-old, grieving over the loss of her famous father, trying to find her own place in this world, and all she has is her father’s way to handle life‘s tricky problems: suicide.
But what if she had another lesson on how to cope with life’s difficulties? What if she chose to heal others less fortunate than herself and used her abundant amounts of inheritance money and celebrity power to help fight world illiteracy and extreme poverty?
I believe that if we give away part of ourselves in good intentions, a sense of peace is the reward. Instead of Paris standing despondently in the shadow of her late troubled father’s legacy, I would like to suggest (too bad I’m not her guardian) she step into her own spotlight and shine goodness and compassion over the world.
Imagine for minute, an e-mail sent from her guardian angel, helping Paris to a more peaceful way of living.
As your guardian angel, I want you to know there is a way to keep yourself healthy, centered and a true keeper of your father’s legacy.
First, if you do not know Alex and Brett Harris, brothers fighting worldwide teen low expectations, you must get in touch, now! They inspire young people, like you, to do hard things. That’s right. Do hard things.
Connect with them at The Rebelution.
Next, once you recover your youthful energies, there are people, through no fault of their own, who cannot read. Please, you must know what a huge impact you would make if you could team up with Edeyo Foundation…dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education…. by volunteering your time teaching the Haitian young people how to read. You know your efforts are going towards a good thing because you will be lifting up a new generation that can think, read then rebuild their own country.
Well, just a few angel thoughts to get you started. I believe the small amount of your time and money will help you relieve some of the burden when one is too wealthy.
Oh, and for those you think hang out just for your money, let me suggest you have them commit to a work program alongside your efforts. I bet most will shy away quick and those that stay, are most likely your true friends.
Take care of yourself, Paris. You have much to give to the poor and uneducated in this world. I am always here as a guide and protector but I could use some of your help once in a while.
Love, your guardian angel
How are other ways we can help troubled teens navigate out of depression?
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Peace and music…hmm, talk about a wide range to cover. With so many popular songs about peace, it would be best, I thought, to narrow the selection to holiday songs.
(Psst, Christmas is coming around soon!)
For me, a holiday song that comes first to mind and invokes a real sense of peace is the classic song, Silent Night.
Most of us have heard many variations performed on this old song; with the melody written in 1818 (and, imagine, it is still a big HIT!) by Franz Xavier Gruber and lyrics done by Father Joseph Mohr, but my favorite all-time version is by the band Pink Martini.
In this video you will hear the original German lyrics, followed by Arabic and English versions sung oh, so beautiful but hey, take a look for yourself…
Since stories fill my head, for one little girl, Sasha, the song Silent Night is both a special song celebrating the birth of the Divine Savior and the start of her new love life.
“In the morning,” Sasha says, “when I look outside my bedroom window, Charlie, the mouse catcher cat, usually finds some way to curl himself into a neat ball to snooze the day away. I bet he dreams up wicked cat and mouse chases!
“I knew it was far too early, but my family decided that in the month of August, since my adoption was finally happening, we would celebrate our family Christmas. I cannot describe what joy, love and excitement it all is when you finally know you have a forever home; it is like the ultimate holiday gift.”
Every first weekend in August, Sasha’s family gathers around the beautiful pre-lit evergreen artificial Christmas tree. As Sasha wipes away a tear, she leans close into her mother’s arms as they all sing Silent Night.
“Thank you,” Sasha says as she looks up at her mom and dad. She whispers, “This is the peace from heaven I always dreamed about.”
Charlie brushes by Sasha’s ankles. He looks up at her, his yellow colored eyes full of love and purrs in agreement.
What holiday song brings a sense of peace to your heart?
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August Peace Library selection:
- Monthly Peace Challenge: One Good Thing About Music (manylittledrops.wordpress.com)
- Monthly Peace Challenge: Just Like Music (starvingactivist.wordpress.com)
- Greatest Love of All – B4Peace (donettas.wordpress.com)
- The Journeys of Life: Bloggers for Peace
- Breathing Space: August Post for Peace
- Bishop Eddie Tatro’s Bloggers for Peace in August
- Laurie’s Notes: Bloggers for Peace
Sixteen-year old, Kazuya, knows his future profession. His father tries to tell him differently. “No, son, you must rise up into the shogun class if all possible. Don’t follow the ways of your poor father. I can barely put food on the table working as an artist and part-time fireman.”
“But Father, I watch you work making many beautiful wood-block prints to sell. You know I have the skills because you taught me well. Please, please give me your blessings. I only want to be an ukiyo-e artist like you,” Kazuya spoke firmly as he held and admired one of his father’s most recent prints.
With a sigh and apprehension, Kazuya’s seventy-year-old father shuffles slowly over to his oldest son. He motions Kazuya to walk with him.
“Son, an artist’s life is not easy. You are at the bottom of the social class. You work hard but gain very little money. Nevertheless, there is no other life but an artist’s life to find peace in your soul. Inspiration to create beautiful art is abundant here in Kyoto. Just observing everyday life gives your senses an intoxicated shot like that from a warm glass of saké. From the beautiful geishas, courtesans, lovely tea houses, Kabuki actors and majestic landscapes, you long always to drink in this ukiyo-e world. I failed as a good provider for my family, but I have come to know great peace because this “floating world” or ukiyo-e* of the common people.”
Kazuya’s father suddenly stops walking and gently pulls his son closer whispering,
“Ah, your mother named you well, Kazuya. Go now, you have my blessings, peaceful one.”
under the shoguns
isolated from the world
floating peace prospers
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*Ukiyo-e loosely translates to “floating world” or world of the common people. The -e translates to pictures and together it means, floating world pictures. From the 17th to the 19th century, this Japanese art movement, Ukiyo-e, flourished. Japan experienced great peace especially during the 17th century under the ruling Tokugawa shogunate. It was in the heart of the city where artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige produced the beautiful wood-block art style.
Inspiration for this haibun fictional story comes from the Monthly Peace Challenge hosted by Everyday Gurus. The challenge this month was to create a post “about the intersection of art and peace.” Kozo asks:
“What piece(s) of art makes you a more peaceful person?”
-Images source: Wikimedia Commons
Selma became intensely passionate early in her pregnancy. Her two boys would know and practice peace. Peace training 101 from day one: conception. After all, she fell totally in love with the 60’s hippie movement and often dreamed, if only she could have just one day to experience the flower child within her, life would be complete. Nevertheless, as an expected mother, she pondered Karl Menninger’s words, “What’s done to children, they will do to society.” All she wanted now was for her twin sons to give peace to society as ideally defined in the dictionary as the life, “free from disturbance; tranquil…not involving war or violence.”
Not really knowing where to begin, or even if raising children to know peace was possible, Selma remembered a Josh Billings quotation: “To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.“ Smiling and speaking softly, Selma says, “Therefore, I meditate daily and sing along with Sinead O’connor, especially when I carried my twins in womb.”
With peace forever in her mind, Selma passionately embraces compassion in her diet. Slowly she learns to cook less and instead uses a blender to whip up healthy smoothie drinks and a food dehydrator for quick Kale chip snacks and wholesome raw cracker meals.
The boys turn five tomorrow and Selma continues to think, breathe and live peace. She surrounds herself with kindred peace-loving friends, chooses down-to-earth principles, grounds her sons in the practice of yoga and meditation and constantly prays for peace wisdom from the Divine One.
Tranquil children play
Birth of a new tomorrow
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© 2013 simply charming
If you like this post, why not consider joining the Monthly Peace Challenge with host, Kozo. This month the challenge is to post ”anything about the intersection of children and peace.”
Thank you and abundant blessings!