Hope for Sale
Bee : I grew up in a Christian home and that has given me many privileges. I was privileged to graduate from one of the top schools here. I was privileged to a loving family and a great community. As i grew up i realized that we live in a conflict zone, and i am part of a people group that has been suffering for many years. My church did not address these grievances and nor did it address how to deal with it. The message taught was to accept the hardship and pray for Christ to come again. My church did teach me that Jesus Christ wants me to love myself, God and my enemies. And this message challenges me to seek peace in my current life for myself (Am i doing the right thing?)), God (How do i love God despite my own fellow Christians who don't seem to reflect Him sometimes?) and my enemies (how do i overcome the bitterness and anger?). I want to have a space to share my personal experiences and thoughts about living here. I love my people, and the Israeli people. and i see a future for both of us.
I. : Unite, unity, unified. Aren't they nice words? I used to think so. Until I moved here and understood a bit more. And it is not such a nice word. Unity in the body. Unity in the city. What it really means is one side (the stronger one) asserting its dominance over the weaker one. Of one side (the weaker one) losing its voice to the other one. Of women losing their voice to male leaders or to satisfy the patriarchal system in our societies and religious communities. So unity is not a nice word for me. A nicer word for me now is "together." It isn't forced, as in the false 'togetherness' of the city, where you cross a line and are looked at with contempt. It is a choice, to be together, to live together, to make the best of the situation, and to make it better. My hope for the future? To choose to live together, and to work toward making that better for the other side, not just for my own.
Y. : I continue to hope that the believing communities in this land will pursue peace rather than strife and that this will be a light to those around. I hope that this blog will spark constructive discussions about how we can do this and give voice to ideas and perspectives we do not normally hear. Ultimately, I desire for healing for our societies and that my children would become adults in a very different reality than we have today.
Alice through the Looking Glass: I received this request to write a short paragraph about my hope in this area of the world - Israel/Palestine - in which hope is something sold regularly and delivered rarely.
This week was a difficult one. My daughter received an order to come and be interviewed for the army. Since she was born, I was working towards peace in hopes that when she came of age we would no longer need a draft system. Among other motivations, this was important enough to move me from my comfort zone and make me an advocate for peace - in all places and with all peoples.
You could say I failed. I didn't reach my goal with the resources I had in the time I allotted myself. My Project Manager would have given me a big fat zero.
So, I sat last night and had the obligatory discussion with my daughter: What do you want out of this interview? What would be your best outcome?
I'm going to go in there and tell them that I'm a Pacifist. I believe in G-d and I don't want to hurt anyone. I don't know how they'll react, but that's the truth.
There's my Hope. She's a lovely woman/girl who loves music and shopping and traveling and she's a Pacifist! She's my Hope!
Tootsie Pop: There are several reasons why I want to be part of this blog. The first reason is that it was an honor for me to be asked to join this team; I couldn't say no! I have known some of the women on the team for years, and I have gained so much respect for them in the way they lead their lives. Additionally, I want this blog to be an inspiration and a dose of optimism for the readers. On a daily basis, we read stories of violence, hatred and discrimination among two people; however, I am certain that if we look hard enough, we can find good human stories that happen every single day. So I want to challenge myself to shy away from the complaining, (because trust me, that is so easy to do!) and instead share one good thing that has happened to me, or that I have heard of happening, that reflects a different view of this conflict.
Goody Two Shoes: Why Is Goody Two Shoes Writing On This Blog? That's a good question. Because I was asked or it was suggested that I join in.
Quite simply that . I am not known for my writing, grammar or spelling skills. I am not academic or profound in anything vaguely connected with Blogs or dialogues or articles but I have a voice and I am Another Voice as this Blog is called.
I agreed without knowing who my fellow bloggers were. I have to say though they are amazing people and I know them all personally. I see us as a salad made up of different vegetables chopped up and thrown in a bowl. Sometimes we are stirred up but more often than not shaken together till we mix. Lets see we have cucumber, tomato, radish, pepper, onion and parsley, our common faith can be the dressing binding us together. We can be eaten alone and sometimes are but we taste much better together.
I hope this Blog shows and allows us to express different opinions often hard to say but needed to be said.
Many times in the daily trudge and drudge of life if we could only see the funny side we might benefit from that laugh. I shall be writing about real life occurrences that could happen to anybody anywhere. Most of them happened to me, here, please enjoy a laugh with or at me as I recall them as Goody Two Shoes.
My hope : I LOVE salad !