Sunday, September 10, 2006

Tribute to Gyehyong Park

"In the course of our lives things come and go - some pleasure, some pain, some work, some play, some dreams. And by these things we learn to make the heart an ocean, and on that to go beyond the troubles of this world."
~ from the diary of Gyehyong Park

Gyehyong Park was a 28-year-old Korean-American woman. She was a daughter, a sister, a beloved friend. She graduated from Queens College in 1999 and went on to work for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a sales support associate, until September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center Towers were destroyed by terrorists.

We fear what we do not understand. Ignorance breeds fear, and fear, hatred. The only way to prevent such atrocities as the events of 9/11/01 is understanding. Only comprehension, in its fullest sense - "making the heart an ocean" - will end the violence. Can we ever achieve this?

Gyehyong Park's quilt square, from the United In Memory Project

Gyehyong, may you rest now beyond the troubles of this world. May your family find peace despite your absence. And may we never forget that five years ago we lost forever the opportunity to know you.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~John Muir


Blogger rdowns said...

Gyehjoung sounds like she was a sincere caring woman who wanted what most of us want, peace in our world. So many of our wars are based on religious beliefs, that I don't know how we can ever have true peace throughout our world. We need to understand that all people are different, and their differences should not make them any less important than someone else. To make all people understand this seems like an insurmountable task. I fwe all start living and treating those around us with dignity and respect it could have a ripple affect that could reach far and wide. I pray for peace in the world every night, but I'm not sure it will ever happen in my lifetime.

11:06 PM, September 17, 2006  

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