As INTERPRO approaches its quarter-century in business, we are inviting you, our friends and colleagues, to share your story - a monthly "Quote for the Quarter" that describes what is meaningful in your life. Stories that are selected are also followed by a financial contribution from INTERPRO to the author's charity of choice. This month, we feature Marilyn Cooley, On-Air Host for Classical WETA Radio.
As the holidays approach, and I contemplate the many ways we celebrate and express our feelings during this time, I've been examining my own personal traditions. When I look at them broadly, I see a densely-woven tapestry with a multitude of messages; taken separately, each one helps me learn how to be a little more myself, a little more aware, a little more open.
Like all traditions, mine are a series of patterns; some are beautiful, some are old and no longer useful, some are inspiring. All have played a part in making me who I am today, and in this season, I want to honor that. More importantly, I want to honor the diversity of traditions that surround me; I want to listen and be open; I want to have spirited dialogue with those whose traditions might make me uneasy or those that are unfamiliar to me.
|Lakota Medicine Wheel Ceremony
The Native American Lakota tradition has a saying - "Aho Mitakuye Oyasin", which translates as "To All My Relations." It is a reminder that we are all connected to one another throughout time, and that those connections are the most sacred way to build traditions.
Traditions are built by people who want to make connections with one another based on the uniqueness of who we are. And this is where I would like to focus my attention now; to the practice of connecting and re-connecting, and to acknowledging the lessons that I can learn from all the lives that intersect with mine - even for a moment.
In this season of traditions, both those remembered and those newly unfolding, my hope for the world is to practice the universal tradition of love. As the bumper sticker says, "God Bless Everyone - No Exceptions."
Marilyn has asked that we make a donation to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington Virginia.
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