Imaginings

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
English novelist (1812 – 1870)

As we contemplate this holiday season, Charles Dickens’ words seem appropriate. Indeed, there are reasons for this to be seen as both the best of times and the worst of times. We have a newly elected president who offers hope and promises of better times ahead. We have millions of Americans facing economic uncertainty, unemployment and the loss of their homes.

Let us count our blessings, each and every one of us – our health, our families and our hopes and dreams for the future. For us, let this be the season of Light – light that sends the shadows of fear and despair far away – light that ushers in peace and hope for a better future not only for us but for people around the world who share with us the goal of peace in our times – and in all times, especially in this holiday season as we pause in anticipation on the New Year – a New Year that seems to be sending tentative rays of hope towards our yearning eyes.

Furthermore, let us dream along with John Lennon in this season of hope and imagine a different world from the one we have today. Hard to believe, but Lennon would have been 68 years old this October 9. He always will stay so young in memory. In his short life John Lennon penned some timeless poetry like “Imagine” …

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Let us all be dreamers for a better world this holiday season – a world without armed conflict, a world without hunger, a world where all children can look forward to a bright future.

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2 Comments on “Imaginings”

  1. Betsy Says:

    The Dickens quote is a nice one. Here’s another that illustrates the reconstruction effort in Iraq:

    “Whatever was required to be done, the Circulocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving–HOW NOT TO DO IT.” (C. Dickens, Little Dorrit)

    I’m sorry to say that not much as changed in 150 years.

  2. darkeve Says:

    I love Charles Dickens and A Tale of Two Cities and yes that’s one of my favorite quotes. Good choice!


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