Freedom Rider; A Life Lesson

May 16, 2011 by  
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The below post from is a powerful read in many different ways.  It is a study in commitment, community and self-discovery. The post is an excerpt of John Blake’s 2004 book “Children of the Movement’.  It contains the story of James Zwerg, now 71, a white Freedom Rider.

In 1961, the Freedom Riders – a group of black and white college students – set out for the Deep South to call for change. They were met by hatred and violence — and local police often refused to intervene. But the Riders’ efforts transformed the civil rights movement.  Through it all they maintained their focus on their non-violent mission of riding together.

James Zwerg was drawn to the Freedom Rides after having a black roommate while attending Beloit College in Wisconsin. He grew to admire his roommate and was shocked to see how his black friend was treated by whites when they went out in public together.

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A Monk Story

July 14, 2009 by  
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I have just come across the story below and wanted to share it with you.

“There were two monks clearing the weeds out of a field. The one monk was going at it non stop, he did not take a break he just kept going and going. There were times when he felt weary, but he just kept at it.

The other monk stopped every hour for fifteen minutes. At the end of the day, the monk who did not take a break was very tired and weak and he could not believe his eyes, when he saw how much the other monk had accomplished. He was very upset, so he asked the monk. “I have been going at it all day, I did not take a break and I am exhausted. You took a 15 minute break every hour, and you got more accomplished, and you are not as tired, how could that be?” The other monk replied, “Every time you saw me take a break, I stopped to sharpen my blade.”

Moral of the story: In life, we need to slow down and spend time with our higher power, take time to pray, to sharpen our blade, to be able to perform better in life.

Every one of us has a different path and a different rhythm.  We can’t look around and compare our selves to others and while in our own path (life) we need to make sure that we are always in touch with how we feel and take the time to get where we want to go.