No Time To Wait

When you are feeling anxious, remember that you are still you. You are not your anxiety. “ (Deanne Reich)

What happens when a close family relationship disappears amid risk-filled rebellion in today’s turbulent political times? In this fictional story, an anticipated reunion of a progressive minded son with his old-fashioned father leads to a surprisingly positive result.

Ronald realized how nervous he would be in finally facing his elderly father whose strong embrace of ultra conservative values in Georgia would undoubtedly remain unchanged. Yet it seemed that this was no time to act as a passive bystander in delaying this encounter because of his anxiety filled fears. For pride in his chosen destiny to travel around the world to embrace the “Bernie Movement”, “Black Lives Matter,” and “ Go Green Environmentalism” now called upon this left wing activist son to visit him before the demons of time cast his father’s mortal body away to ashes.

Deep questions of uncertainty now arose in his mind as he planned this momentous encounter. How would a father that he knew before as a deeply Christian man, deeply set in his conservative ways react to meeting his son again after his AWOL disappearance from going home in the past five years? Would he angrily reject his son’s presence wondering why he had escaped his moral responsibilities to his loving wife and needy children? How could Ronald as well justify to him why he had abandoned a promising career as an accountant which to his father represented as the best shot for his son to attain the “American Dream”? Would he even understand his son’s emotional fervor of joining a revolutionary youth movement advocating radical agitation and risk of arrest to achieve equality for all?

So Ronald thought it best to show himself to him anew in person by way of a casual encounter during his expected ritual of attending early mass at the cathedral that Sunday. For amid these sacred religious surroundings, he envisioned a way to soften the blow to his father’s testy ego upon being seen by him again in this unexpected return. So when the hammer struck ten as the service began, Ronald would wait for the expected sounds of joyful choral singing inside. He would then enter the interior unnoticed and hope for the best that he would not endure his father’s loud cursings.

So as Ronald warily showed up for church that morning to ‘own up” to his abandonment of family, his father’s no-show that day from service then took him by surprise. For so many worshippers then would express praise to Ronald that  his seventy  five year “young” father would serve as a missionary of the church and volunteer on his own time to serve humans of desperate need now in downtrodden countries abroad. It seemed then like a parakeet finding new freedom from being released from the cage, his father in his absence today had just taught Ronald this inspiring lesson. There’s no time in life to waste sitting around. So go ahead and pursue your life’s calling as a “do good”, global activist while you can. Are you in?

http://www.anxietypanichealth.com, “Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder”, 2016

Human Rights In Fabric

”The museum believes today’s quilters create extraordinary artwork that is a unique and wonderful sensory experience for everyone.” (The National Quilt Museum – Mission Statement)

I’ve always loved the cozy feel of a thickly built quilt. After all, snuggling under a quilt helped me to face those frigid Northeastern Ohio winters in my childhood. I also fondly recall how my late Aunt Lil would donate her colorfully made, homemade quilts to friends/family during holiday times. I would never have expected, however, that a deeper motive behind my aunt’s generosity would be more than providing warmth in winter. For I realize now that her quilting hobby seemed to spread a positive message for human acceptance, decency and kindness.

So with visions of Aunt Lil’s  quilting spirit in mind, I recognized a similar plea for human rights concerns during our road trip visit on June 8 to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, a small river town on the Ohio River. In the photographs that follow, you will thus view a timely collection of quilts representing (1) victims whose human rights have been denied in our country, (2) famed heroes who fought for them, and (3) those human qualities needed for positive social changes in our country now.

Ruby Bridge, a brave little girl, willingly crossed the lines of segregation in New Orleans to go to school.

Harriet Tubman helped runaway Southern slaves escape to freedom during the Civil War era.

During the Nazi Holocaust of World War II, Arthur Schindler and other heroic individuals overcame the evils of Anti- Semitism by serving as rescuers of Jewish people at the time.

As baby boomers become “seniors” today, they remain talented, wise, and relevant in today’s world. Will today’s political leaders continue to recognize them fairly?

Nelson Mandela crusaded as a human rights hero to overcome racial apartheid in South Africa.

A heavy personal burden rests on those individuals who have been displaced from their homelands for religious/political persecution.

Children are colorblind. Such innocence inspires us to unite against racial injustice and hatred in the world today.

Rosa Park and Dr. Martin Luther King led the crusade for non-violent, civil disobedience to spark interest in passing new Civil Rights laws in America.

Physically challenged individuals advocate human rights under the law to adapt to medical, legal, and public access concerns.

Finding unity in diversity resonates in today’s protest demonstrations of “Black Lives Matter” to counteract the historic evils of racial prejudice in America.

John L. Lewis organized a freedom march of African Americans from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act Of 1965.

The United Nations recognizes clean water and adequate sanitation are to be considered as basic human right for all peoples of the world.

Our free union of states forms a fundamental concept in the concept of America. Does the political will of our country sustain the continuance of that concept?

 

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