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It’s so beautiful and tonight is especially beautiful because of the beautiful moon.
I don’t know why that happened but the moon is especially beautiful and I’m feeling very good about this. Because when we started this I never knew where it was going to go and it could have deteriorated into nothing but instead it started to grow into something fantastic.
And I know that it’s going to go on growing because all of us are wishing for world peace.
And that wish, the strong wish, is in here (points to her heart).
It’s not half a million people - I think it’s over a million now.
We have wishes from over a million people that came to Iceland.
And now wherever I go, they make this wish tree and put the wishes on and then they send the wishes here and that’s going on for maybe 20 countries a year and they are all doing that.
It’s a very kind of difficult time now, in our world, and so I particularly wanted to read this poem that I wrote that is an Affirmation so it doesn’t have much negativity.
You might think “Well, in this negative world what are we doing?“
Well, there are many beautiful things that are happening in this world now too. And we have to recognize that.
One of the things that is very beautiful that is happening, is us.
We are alive.
And we should be very thankful of that.
We stand on this beautiful planet enjoying
the sunrise, the sunset, the change of seasons
the oceans, the mountains, the clear sky
and the lovely towns and cities we've created together
We cherish the moment of peace and quiet
We cherish the moment of having fun
We cherish every moment of warmth and love
We laugh, we heal, and we embrace
With what we've learned and experienced
With our wisdom and the sense of unity
We protect our world from destruction
For our hearts beat in unison
Even when we fight with one another
We breathe for life
Remember: we are one
A big hug and kiss to each one of you
I feel privileged to share this time with you
Thank you for being in my life
at times as teachers, as angels, and friends
always as blessings, always with love
Without you, I would not be here
Today is the beginning of our joyful lives
Let's dance together in our hearts
and play the game of life
We breathe for life
We will survive
Remember: We are one
Let’s make a wish as the light comes on.
Let’s send light to each other and let’s send love!
One, two, three
John, we love you!
Happy Birthday John! and Happy Birthday Sean!
Yoko Ono Lennon
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER relighting ceremony
Viðey Island, Reykjavík, Iceland
9th October 2011