H/T Michael Hyatt
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Got to love the Franciscans.
My involvement with the Mosaic Institute in creating a set of Peace Dialogues about Sri Lanka remains one of my more important present initiatives. In addition to being election day, Monday also happened to be the day of our second dialogue, discussing the roles and responsibilities of the media to fostering peace and community harmony in Sri Lanka.
Like the first dialogue, this event featured Sri Lankan speakers who were acutely aware of the challenges as journalists and media representatives in the country. Panellists included:
- NIGEL NUGAWELA – Co-Editor, Groundviews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- V.V. GANESHANANTHAN – Novelist (Love Marriage), Blogger and Journalist, Ann Arbor, MI
- ARJUNA RANAWANA – News Manager, OMNI TV Alberta, Edmonton
- MARTIN REGG COHN – Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Toronto Star
Video and comments follow after the jump.
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So now that the election is over, I can finally start really talking about the whole experience: the reasons why I was running and the amazing lessons I learnt.
Why I was running
A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me “why do I do what I do?” In response, I wrote:
I do what I do because at some point in time I want to have children of my own. But before I do, I need to ensure that they grow up in a world that enables them to succeed and enjoy their lives… And that is why I do what I do.
Similar principles grounded my campaign approach. I wanted to run a campaign that my children would love to see and would love to be proud of. I promised myself to:
- not take credibility for things I haven’t done;
- develop a strong educational platform that is realistic and empowers children;
- run according to personal convictions and beliefs;
- never malign or attack another candidate; and
- treat voters with the honesty and respect they deserve rather than lie to obtain their vote.
In short, I wanted a campaign I would be proud to lose rather than a campaign that I am ashamed to win.
As a result of these promises to myself, hours of work and walking around, I got a little over 150 votes and a last place finish.
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So today is the last day of a terribly busy, but absolutely, memorable couple of months. Two contentious debates, hundreds of doors knocked on and so many wonderful conversations about school, faith and perhaps most importantly the future of our children.
Highlights of the Campaign:
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