as things fall apart

as things fall apart
the need for coming together
is greater than ever
so with hope
I pray:
deliver me from fear
remind me constantly
that fear is forever overcome
by love
deliver me from power
for power without love and wisdom
inevitably destroys anyone and everyone
in its path including the one
who has power but lacks love and wisdom
deliver me from the disdain of
arrogance elitism privilege
and the illusion of superiority
for no one is in any way
better than anyone else
deliver me from the violence of greed
grant me the desire to live simply
and to share earth’s bounty with others
deliver me from the silence
that enables any and all manifestations of
abuse war and evil
grant me the necessary balance of
love power and wisdom
enabling me to be a non-violent warrior for peace
grant me the ability to
act responsibly in all areas of my own life
to be a good neighbor
and to dwell in harmony with nature
thank you for the bounty of life
for the beauty of nature
and for the love of family and friends
ron whitehead
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53 thoughts on “as things fall apart”

  1. Thanks Ron. I needed to read this, at this very moment. The only thing I will miss about 2016, is writing it. It will take me a month getting use to writing 2017. Good words to live by my friend! 🙂

  2. Its been one heavenly helluva of a year filled with high & low Xtremes no middle ground … i am laying low hahaha!!! & reloading for 2017 )))))))))——>>>

  3. This is very timely in light of the events that have taken place at Standing Rock over the past two days. May we all be delivered from the “violence of greed.”

  4. ikr! he was poetic and hilarious… Ali regularly taunted and baited his opponents—including Liston, Frazier, and Foreman—before the fight and often during the bout itself. He said Frazier was “too dumb to be champion”, that he would whip Liston “like his Daddy did”, that Terrell was an “Uncle Tom” for refusing to call Ali by his name and continuing to call him Cassius Clay, and that Patterson was a “rabbit”. In speaking of how Ali stoked Liston’s anger and overconfidence before their first fight, one writer commented that “the most brilliant fight strategy in boxing history was devised by a teenager who had graduated 376 in a class of 391.”[195]