Contemplate, Living life

From a distance…

For Kenya, Yemen, Syria, India, Iraq… and countries at war, in war in the name of religion, political systems, ideologies…for wealth, power, domination, status, control… the ‘collateral damage’ is predominantly women, children, the disadvantaged – those who are stuck and unable to leave or flee. Then we have the ‘casualties of war’ – men and women who are missing, taken, killed… So in the name of legitimate killing (sadly, it is always legitimate if only from one perspective), humans suffer, humans die.

And I have been crying for the losses. I am glad that I am not immune to the news of killing, war/conflict, death, suffering… it would be the ultimate tragedy if we no longer notice the human cost of war, if we no longer care.


From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
it’s the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
it’s the heart of every man.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

– FlorenceT


2 thoughts on “From a distance…”

  1. Dearest Florence, What can I say but that the world has wonderful things too and so much good also and it is only in our own hearts we can look and give example and keep trying to live simple compassionate lives. We cannot take the brunt of the harshness of the world on our shoulders but we can only be aware ourselves of how fortunate we are and be grateful(As I sense you are) But I understand, as i often cry especially for the children and I cry some more when I see how my own grandchildren so happy and safe and well fed because every distressed face i see, I see the face of my own grandchildren. BUT I was spiralling down into such sadness that i realised I was no help to anyone , certainly not my patients (I am a nurse working with people with cancers) or my family. so I started to look for good in the world, for people doing wondrous compassionate things.. I do not forget those unfortunate but i also try to focus towards how I am helping in my own small way as I can ….and I lean towards buddism and its teachings. Take care lots of love Stephaniexxx


    1. Dear Steph,
      I am indeed grateful … the saying, ‘there but for the grace of God, go I’ is always with me. And this ‘thing’ called grace… not easy though I remind myself to be. BTW check out the #BeWow posts where a growing community is blogging about positivity and sharing a little love every Wednesday. Hope you can join us 🙂
      Warmest regards,

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