Sunday, October 28, 2007

Before I blog about the FWN summit, I want to share this surprise gift from an old friend.

I leave you with one of my favorite poems from Rumi, this one a tender reminder ...

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.

And if I may extend the meaning of Lovers in this poem to include or say: our lovers are those who inspire awe in us, challenge us to widen the boundaries of our empathy, who invite us to look deeply into our own hearts and souls, who travel alongside with us to do good in the world -- then there were Lovers who gathered at the FWN summit who were "in each other all along" and who have finally met.

I met: Elena Mangahas, Marily Mondejar, Nida Recabo, Nini Alvero, Reme Grefalda, Angel Shaw, Evelina Galang and her parents, Charmaine Clamor, Sylvia Lichauco de Leon, Evelyn Rodriguez, Donna Pascua, Linda Nietes, Eleonor Castillo, Joy Bruce, Mitos Santisteban, Noemi Tacuyan, Kristine Surla, Vangie Buell, Daisy Tucay, Thelma Boac, and the youth panelists that I didn't get to personally talk to. There were many others that I didn't have a chance to talk to in a more lover-ly manner but their presence and energy was palpable.

A special thank you to Elena Mangahas, who moved heaven and earth to make sure that I can attend...

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