Monday Musings: Joining with the Earth & Each Other...

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Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King.  When I was a freshman in college, my assigned big sister took a leave from her last year to be part of the marches for civil rights with Dr. King.   

 

She came back a changed person.  She was excited by the possibilities of the changes that were coming about. We spent long hours talking about what she had seen and how she had felt.  She finished her degree, and we parted as best friends and stayed in touch.

 

The last time I saw her was in New York for dinner. I was there to visit the United Nations with my political science class as part of project.  

 

It was in the winter, and when we were served our salads, she looked at the tomatoes and said:  "I hate anemic tomatoes!" She pushed them aside, as did I. 

 

We talked and talked until the wee hours of the morning. It was clear to me that she was upset and disillusioned by life.  Life like those tomatoes became anemic for her. That summer, when I got home from college, I learned that she had committed suicide.

 

I think of her often, and even more so on Martin Luther King day...

 

My favorite quote by Dr. King, reminds me of her and our talks and wishes, and reflects our philosophy:

 

"Join with the Earth and each other, to bring new life to the land, to restore the waters, to refresh the air, to renew the forests, to care for the plants,

 

to protect the creatures, to celebrate the seas, to rejoice in the sunlight, to sing the song of the stars, to recall our destiny, to renew our spirits, to reinvigorate our bodies,

 

to recreate the human community, to promote justice and peace, to love our children and love one another, to join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery, for the healing of the Earth and the renewal of all life."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Comments (44)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I was going to use that quote as I was writing this post.  And I hate hiring based on color of skin or sex.  It makes me nuts.  You hire based on competence, and we did when we had our company, the thought to meeting some government imposed quota was and continuesto be idiotic.  A

Jan 18, 2021 09:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will Hamm that is true, many friends came back from the Viet-Nam war, changed...A

Jan 18, 2021 09:05 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

What I admired about Dr Martin Luther King was he was not a victim, he was a leader for change Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jan 18, 2021 09:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Oh, how I agree with you.  Quite often victims are huge manipulators...Happy Monday, A

Jan 18, 2021 09:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alexandra- I am always sad when someone feels the way out (or to "better") is to take their own life. I am glad that you had time with your friend and that you are carrying on with her in spirit. 

Jan 18, 2021 10:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib I agree that there is a momentary sadness that occurs, but like your beautiful post this morning on orchids, we are all different and dance to the beat of our own drum.  In my opinion, we have to accept and honor a person's decision, and Ron and I did when my father refused for further help when we called 911.  It was hard on both of us, it was his wish.   Our Western culture treats death differently than the Eastern culture.  A

Jan 18, 2021 11:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,

Isn't it a shame your dear friend felt the only way out was to end her life? She obviously believed it. At least you were there for her and have some good memories.

Jan 18, 2021 11:09 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Alexandra I've known a few people that chose to take their life and , at a young age, that seemed very sad to me. Then I began to realize that it was their choice and the only way they thought would work. Not sure if that actually is true but it is what is.  Your friend was a lovely soul and she's probably painting away in her new life! Maybe you'll see a painting of hers someday.....and know it's hers.

Jan 18, 2021 02:37 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker Thank you for your comment, it is so nice to be understood.  I would not be surprised to find one of her paintings on this journey of life or the next.  I do think it is their choice, just like having the euthanasia choice.  Both of our parents had written orders for us to not resuscitate or take extreme measures.   A

Jan 18, 2021 02:59 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

Thank you for your comment.  Her contribution in my life was immense, and I am thankful for that.  One does what they feel is right at the moment...Who are we to judge?  A

Jan 18, 2021 03:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

We lost a great one when we lost Martin Luther King.  His peaceful way of moving the black community forward is so very admirable.

Jan 18, 2021 04:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 18, 2021 05:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a post and how sad and depressing, never the less nice quotes from MLK, Endre

Jan 18, 2021 10:16 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alexandra.

What a sad story.  I never understood why someone would do that, but it is just one of the mysteries of this universe

Jan 19, 2021 12:08 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Ron and Alexandra Seigel, your friend was a beautiful young lady, for her, this was her only way out. I'm sorry for your loss, what a blessing that your paths crossed. 

                                                         
                                                   

 

Jan 19, 2021 12:58 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Beth Atalay Thank you for your kind words.  I loved knowing her, she added so much wisdom to my life.  A

Jan 19, 2021 02:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you for the feature, we appreciated it.  A

Jan 19, 2021 02:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James Dray it is definitely a mystery in life.  Thank you for your comment. A

Jan 19, 2021 02:39 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is the kind of natural stuff that I love and a little bit of metaphysical mixed in there

Jan 19, 2021 09:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl Jeffcoat What a great choice for a future! This is absolutely excellent! Love and light!

Jan 19, 2021 09:08 PM

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