Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Three Christmas Musical Celebrations with Wounded Veterans
First of 3 Christmas musical events that Victoria and I enjoyed accompanying these wonderful wounded VETS. SERVICE IS JOY!
The Veteran on the left is PFC Finney, the decorated medic from WW2's worst battle Okinawa. He could have been the medic that was the subject of the current movie HACKSAW RIDGE. He did not want to kill, so they made a medic out of him. Unlike the movie's hero, Finney did carry a gun, and said he would have used it if he had to, but never had the time. He received a purple heart and a Bronze Star. After the war, he went to Northwestern on a GI bill and University of Chicago Grad. School. Then he worked on civil rights legislation writing the Equal Opportunity Act. Finney is very proud of working with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One of the first times I met him, he told me sometimes he did not want to open his eyes, because he felt transcendental bliss