‘Sunday Thoughts’ on Monday

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples to build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~  Robert F. Kennedy

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Good morning, everyone.  I realize that it is Monday and not Sunday.  However, I believe my broken heart also affected my brain.  I simply could not gather my thoughts enough to write a post, even a brief one as this will be.  What occurred this week in Ukraine truly broke my heart.  As I know it did all my dear blogging friends.    You see, from what I gather during these few years of blogging, “We all seem to be cut from the same cloth.”

All of us have our own thoughts about this horrifying situation, therefore, I won’t go into detail about mine.    However, I will tell you what I hope we learn ~ really learn.  First, we could be next and may well be before it is over.  Second, are we willing to stand up and pay the price the Ukrainians are for democracy?  Oh, I hope so.  Third, I do hope the American people have gained a new respect for our country and our democracy.  Fourth, so far we have the blessing of being able to select our leaders, the availability of free press, and to make our own decisions.  Fifth, to respect one another and treat each other with kindness.

On August 24, 1991,  Ukraine officially declared itself an independent country.  Just 31  years ago this August.  They are such a new country, and no country in such infancy should be expected to fight and defeat an established, well-equipped, well-trained army, ~ one of the largest in the world.  We were once a new country too, 246 years ago.    Ukraine needs our help and the help of other countries as well.  Honestly, I believe even more help is on the way.  However,  actually getting what the Ukrainians need to them, will not be an easy task.

I have not failed to think of the Russian people.  Do they want or believe in this war?  Probably not.  Many of their soldiers may not want to be in Ukraine, truly know or understand why they are they are there, and they have also left their homes, wives, and children. 

In closing, I have been reading much about the Ukrainian people.  Did you know they are passionate about gardens and flowers?  One article I read said, “Flowers are everywhere.  Window boxes are everywhere.  Ukrainians have such a love of beauty and flowers.

“I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” ~ unknown

Isn’t it ironic that Ukraine chose the sunflower as their national flower?  Because they certainly are standing tall and looking for the light.  

I know all of you will join me in prayers for our world, the people of Ukraine, our treasured democracy, and democracies everywhere.  May our beloved Red, White, and Blue wave proudly over our land and send her message loud and clear to all others.

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“Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams. If we allow it to fight alone, our soul as America is lost.” ~ Sean Penn





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8 thoughts on “‘Sunday Thoughts’ on Monday

  1. Sandra, I was concerned about you when you were not in my inbox this morning. I understand not being able to collect thoughts at this terrible time. I have several Ukrainian friends living here, but their families are there. They are so worried and concerned. I pray for Ukraine 🙏🏻🇺🇦🙏🏻

    1. Oh, Pam. I almost sent you a note to tell you I was all right. How awful for your friends. Have they had any contact with them? I pray this will end in peace before so many more are killed. This is such a totally unnecessary tragedy. Such an evil act. Have a good week, my friend. I will keep your friends in my prayers. Love and Hugs and the same for your friends.

  2. I missed you also on Sunday. Sandra, you have expressed beautifully many of my thoughts.
    May I do my part by praying for all our leaders and not criticizing them. When I want to judge or criticize, may I go to God to speak to their hearts and minds to do the right thing.
    My granddaughter was adopted from Ukraine, so our family has ties to Ukraine.
    I am constantly praying for Ukraine and peace.

    1. Oh, Bonnie, I do agree with you. I believe our leaders are doing their best and our best is to support them. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. I do pray for them.

      I know Ukraine has to be special to you as it was home to your little granddaughter. It is wonderful she has a loving family in hopefully what will always remain free and free from the horrors of war.

  3. Every word you said, I could not agree more. This is just touching me to the core for so many reasons. But no one could have said it better.+

    1. Jeanie, thank you for your kind words. This is a terrible situation for our world and so horrible for the people of Ukraine. Not that it did me or anyone else any good, but I saw this coming. It is truly EVIL!

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