Twenty-one Common Good alumni gathered on December 11 for a holiday dinner—we (almost!) all fit around one, large, candlelit table, enjoying laughter and love that comes from shared experiences and histories. What an honor to host everyone.
A special thanks to Janine for leading the Jewish blessing, to Sacad for sharing the Muslim parable, to Dave for reading the wisdom of Thích Nhât Hanh, and to KeVaughn for the Christian prayer. Thanks to CB for helping me search Emory’s classrooms for tables big enough to hold us all the evening before! And thanks to everyone who travelled all the way to Covington to celebrate.
“Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” What is “this”? A diploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come. There is always another “this” that will follow the present one. If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace some day.”
― Thích Nhât Hanh (read by Dave)