Friday, December 5, 2008

Eid ul Adha

Hi folks,

We're beginning the Holiday season here. After a great Thanksgiving, we jumped into Advent, and now it's time for Eid ul Adha.

This Muslim holiday marks the end of the Hajj season. The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca which all able-bodied Muslims must undertake at least once in their life. It normally entails a great deal of sacrifice in terms of the money required to make the trip, the time it takes to go there, and the alms that are offered once one is there.

So this week, we're celebrating the sacrifices--financial and otherwise--made by our ancestors that have allowed us to survive and prosper. I think a lot about my grandparents and the things they have lived through. My children's grandparents have their own stories to tell.

We are so blessed by what these people have accomplished. The sacrifices they have made to make this world into a place that is better than the one they were born into are awe-inspiring.

Maybe those of us in the generation that is now taking charge of the world should think about the examples set by these people. Now that we have seen the damage that is implicit in self-service and presumption of power and wealth, these examples strike a pertinent chord.

Love and Peace to all!

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