Sunday, November 30, 2008

Seeds of Today

All the flowers of all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today.

Indian Proverb

Of Note: Many of the quotes used on this blog come from which emails an inspiring passage each and every day to anyone who signs up. Sometimes they are so-so, but often they are spot on. A few times I've even had a theme in mind for the day and the quote that comes across matches perfectly. We can thank my talented sister, Marie, for this mesmerizing photo of a day lily taken in the spring or early summer. Gosh, that seems so long ago now.

Today's Weather Report: Two to three inches of snow are predicted to fall shortly. It has been quite overcast all day. No sun fingers today for sure. The new/used plow is ready to go thanks to a friend who came over after a small electrical fire in the plow's headlight wires scared the be-jebbers out of us on Thursday. Today a group of guys made venison sausage with a little help from the clean-up department, me. Clean-up can take as long as the project itself. But today it went lickety-split with several folks pitching in to help.

Watch For Change Snippet: This month marks the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nation's 1700 word Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was passed by the General Assembly in December 1948. According to National Geographic magazine, the unprecedented document "envisioned a world that respected the dignity of every human being. In the bloody wake of World War II, the declaration was hope writ large and helped make human rights an accepted barometer of a government's legitimacy." Examples of its articles include the first and most basic which proclaims that all human beings are born free. Article 18 states succinctly that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. And Article 28.1 promises that everyone has a right to education. Simple statements to make, a difficult reality to see through. The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch was quoted as saying "The declarations words are inspiring. The challenge is enforcement." Enforcement is most likely an interim problem. Some day, maybe sooner than we expect, all nations will be led by those who govern based on these divine principles with seed planted 60 years ago by the UN General Assembly. That reality might not seem possible now but neither did the Internet 15 years ago.

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