"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter."
- Martin Luther King

Submitter's Note:

I came across these great words by a young New Zealand student by the name of Sean O'Connor and they fitted perfectly into the book I'm working on and the central themes of the manuscript So here is an extract from his inspiring words (and slightly adapted by me) in Sean's chapter.
If published, please acknowledge the source, the College Herald (as part of the New Zealand Herald of 6th May 2009)



I find it difficult to understand the sum of a person's life. Some people would tell you it's made up from the ones you leave behind; some say from love; others say life has no meaning at all.

Me? Well I believe you measure your life by the people who measure their lives by yours.

The long journey to make your dreams come true is almost indescribable, yet extremely difficult; because no matter how hard you may strive to accomplish your dreams, there will always be an obstacle or obstacles to block your way. For there are many things a person is not willing to sacrifice. Am I right?

These obstacles distract you from striving further. And most people find this difficult, because it's human nature to get distracted. Therefore, to make your dreams come true, you must find a way to remove the obstacle; so you may finally see the seldom seen path you could, one day walk down, the path that will make your dreams come true. If you can focus your thoughts on the journey alone, you will definitely succeed.

What are my dreams? This is something every generation asks.
A dream I have is to write an internationally best selling novel. I work on ideas for my hoped for novel every day. This is a task you must do,if you want your dreams to come true.

Being passionate is a key attribute. There are many other tasks I know I have to choose and complete, if this dream of mine will ever come true.

My story is not a story; but a blend of a tale and a true story. It's about the sum of my life and it's about every deed I do, did and plan on doing... to attempt to widen people's consciousness from anger to happiness, from envy to acceptance and mostly, from hatred to love.

I want to write books that change people's lives, change the way they think and feel... stories of transformation, renewal and especially hope. To complete my true tale, I must study people's feelings and try to change others feelings of hatred... and fully change them for the better in some way. This is the meaning of life, this is the purpose of existence. This is my dream, something I simply MUST accomplish.

One sunny day I'll change a person so much (for the better) that in a state of "blissful enlightenment I'll know the real meaning of life: what true love is. Then I'll know that when my time on earth comes to an end, my eyes will be closed, but my heart (new) will be open."

Written by Sean O'Connor Year 9 Hamilton Boys High School as published in the College Herald (as part of the New Zealand Herald 6th May 2009)

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
- Albert Schweizer

"Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now,
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow,
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!"
- C. Bailey-Lloyd ("beaut words", thanks Caroline!)

"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed."
- J. Krishnamurti Thanks, dearest mom, your spirit will live forever

"Each ONE of us can help promote peace by helping others to find inner peace.
Be the change you wish to see in others. Then in changing YOUR world you help change THE world...
for the better"

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter."
- Martin Luther King

"Blessed are the peace-makers... because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points."


Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig is presently "working" on his latest work 'Peace Lives' - inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.webng.com/writernz/ www.lulu.com/craiglock http://www.webng.com/leftfieldnz/overtherainbow.html +