A Moment of Peace

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23 November 2010

One evening last year in Laos, I saw this monk reading in a window.  With the holiday season upon us, I remembered this moment of peace and thought you might like to share it.

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    Norm Hughes I · 7 years ago
    Michael, we have not received a dispatch from the front for months. All we get is a stray picture and promo for your new book. And, we are approaching the CHRISTmas season. I hope your manybtravels have not changed you into an multi cultural internationalist To know and appreciate other cultures and religions is admirable. but lets stayed anchored in our nation's core principles, including a focus on our faith. Thanks and God Bless.
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    Ed Faulkner · 7 years ago
    Love your pics, they remind me of some incredible moments at sea while I was in the Navy. If we take the time to look for peace, we can often find it in some surprising circumstances. Thank you for your work and God Bless...
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    Michael C. Grant · 7 years ago
    For goodness' sake, Mr. Hughes. It's just a nice picture. Chill.
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    Chase · 7 years ago
    Norm, what was the point of capitalizing the first six letters of Christmas?
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    Connie du Toit · 7 years ago
    Michael,

    Please don't pay any attention to folks like Mr. Hughes. Some of us are cognizant of the fact that running all over the world, on a shoestring (requiring constant blegging, which is exhausting in itself), risking your life so that you can bring us the truth, does require a little downtime. Some of us also realize that "peace" isn't exclusive to Western Civ or the Western Hemisphere. "Peace on earth, good will toward men" doesn't say "American men" or "only Christian men."

    In YOUR downtime, rather than collapsing for a few months, you write a book, and you SHARE the proceeds with a charity, rather than keeping all the money for yourself (which you would deserve, by the way). And Mr. Hughes infers that you might be losing touch, or that you've somehow forgotten your Judeo-Christian cultural roots (ie "core principles") because you represent the spirit of the Holidays with a picture of a Buddhist monk? How absurd!

    You SHARE the royalties of YOUR book with others. You don't have to do that, but you do, because you are a good man!

    Michael, if your work can be made easier by having a little bit more money from the royalties from the sale of a book, some of us are willing to be patient while you put that to bed. We know that once that is done you'll be rested and refreshed, once again able to return to the fields of battle.

    You don't have to starve, be miserable, or poor for us. We don't expect you to work 24/7. Your work alone is enough of a sacrifice and is sufficient "creds" of your "core principles."
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    Trisha · 7 years ago
    Well said Connie!!!
    Thank you!
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    scotswarrior · 7 years ago
    WELL SAID CONNIE.... YOUR STATEMENT SAYS IT ALL!!
    NORM??? (YOU SURE THATS YOUR REAL NAME?).. GET A GRIP MATE, IF ALL YOU WANT TO SEE IS WAR + BLOODSHED THEN LOOK IN THE ARCHIVES!!
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MICHAEL, KEEP UR CHIN UP + UR HEAD DOWN!!

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