Saturday, December 26, 2009

My 3,000th post :: Ubuntu

Exercise in gratitude_ 001_ Ubuntu Mug

Over the next few days... I want to exercise gratitude & appreciation for the gifts I received on Christmas Day. I felt this mug would make a fitting start... AND... help me to celebrate my 3,000th post on the ol' Nanolog.

The mug... a gift from Olly... is from whateverittakes.org in collaboration with everyone's favourite Jedi Samuel L. Jackson and features the philosophy of Ubuntu which is summed up as...
"A person is a person because of other people."
He states that the "love of self leads to the love of all". I get this... albeit... I would tweak it more to "love of the God who loves you leads to the love of all".

That said... I really like how Archbishop Desmond Tutu defines it...
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity.
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
I believe God... through the Trinity... demonstrates how to live in community. In this... I believe we must follow the example of the Trinity and seek to live in community too.

We are all connected. I am Thomas aka Headphonaught because of my Creator and because of YOU! So in my 3,000th post, I'd like to thank y'all for reading / contributing / participating in this wee blog. The ol' Nanolog is a record, in part, of my journey and you are all fellows in this journey.

So yeah... thanks to Olly for her kind gift. The subterfuge she committed to obtain this mug without me knowing is of French Resistance quality. It is a daily reminder that I am who I am because of others... and I am grateful for this lesson.

Thank you all!

Tx


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