It is in these moments of silence and stillness when it all becomes clear and purposeful .
“Kasserian ingera, my friends…
“Among the tribes of Africa, few have warriors traditionally more fearsome or more cunning than the Masai of Kenya. It is perhaps surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting among Masai warriors. One warrior would always say to another, “Kasserian Ingera,” which, in Swahili, means, “Are the children well?”
It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value of the Masai for the well-being of children. Even modern Masai with no children of their own always give the traditional answer, “Sapati Ingera” or “All the children are well,” meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail – that the priorities of protecting the young and powerless are in place, that Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being and its responsibilities.
Imagine a community that places the well being of its children first and in the forefront of every idea, innovation, policy, strategy and implementation of economic development! Imagine the difference in the levels of societal ills, and everyday approaches to our jobs and life!
“All the children are well” means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles of existence do not preclude proper care for the young. It means dignity for all!
Ever wonder into a cemetery and feel complete utter peace?
In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Oakdale Cemetery offer this experience, as well as the Southport, North Carolina Smithville Cemetery. As you travel through the century old tombstones, you discover American History, Family Burials, creative talents in the beautiful tombstones, and an aura of warmth, happiness and peace.
The beauty and energy of an arch angel that stands as tall as you on your own two feet is breathtaking. You will stand in awe and amazement of her defined molding and stature, and warmth from the synergy of the love committed to this space to honor and remember people who meant something to someone and hold a legacy to our community.
There are many stones offering explanations or remembrance – words to comfort the living and offer a glance at the past. Regardless, I continue to stand in awe and amazement over the dedication to honor and respect the dead. Dead not being no spirit or energy, just physical passing with the soul and spirit continuing on to expand our universe and give back to this world we journey through. For without them, we would have the moments and gifts that carry us forward.
Continuing the walk through stone and shrub, I look up to be taken back by a monument that offers strength and progressive thinking…the symbolisms are rich and moving, the architectures unique and ornate. The light, shadows and reflections ever changing as the sun sets and the air cools, ending my steps to celebrate and honor those before us.