Before Wisconsin Teacher Unions battling politicians- and the subsequent marches on state capitals- before the very first “Occupy” Movement and now- even before the first inevitable violent slaughter that will occur in some obscure or plainly foreseeable way, there was an idea to give voice to those who are “shadows” of our society- in Good Times or Not-So-Good financial Times.
Momentary Times was filmed in 100 Days in early 2011 and is now in the post-production phase (which is a surreal suspension of a logical or efficient time frame). It is akin to a Thanksgiving Dinner feast that takes a year, when my OWN impulses shout out for a fast food solution.
I know THIS “feast” of a quality completed film will be worth the wait for the millions we expect to be treated to it; there will be pie as well !
I just left 100 homeless people, who were laughing, grateful, and surrounded by a Community that wraps their collective arms around them with food, blankets, invitations for dinner at restaurants, and in my current town (Portsmouth, NH) an amazing building built two years ago with the respect and thought that people can sleep safely, securely, receive medical and dental help weekly, and be provided with resources that gives them “the oxygen of life” when they are most vulnerable and “gasping for air.”
Since Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” I will offer this humble acknowledgement on the annual holiday of “thanks-giving” in our great Country: Personally, I am the luckiest Man in the World. Truly, I have been blessed in ways that seem glutenous at times: Parents, Relatives, Family and Friends, Work and Housing Opportunities, Physical and Mental Health, Amazing and Healthy Children, a vehicle that usually starts in the morning (even the cold dawns), and a Sense of Humor and a Profound Faith that rarely leaves my focus.
The people who are without shelter or secure housing are my Heroes. They display incredible Courage on a weekly, daily, and usually hourly basis.
Thank YOU for being a Part of this Journey- just by reading this.
Thank you for believing that we can help Change the World, in a funny, educational, peaceful, relevant, and profound way. Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude-For Life. Blessings on your Journey.
As the Anniversary of the death of a Man (President John F. Kennedy) that helped shape this country for my entire life has just passed, I am reminded of his quote today: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Another President (Teddy Roosevelt) assures us in these tough economic and social times, “Do What you can, with What you have, Where you are.”
“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-
I understand this.
I also believe in this quote: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward-
So…With sincere Peace and Love at this Momentary Time right now. Y’all ROCK!