Thanks from the Dreamer

SAM_0222Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

sung by Pam Tillis

It is morning back home in the valley of Virginia. My old body is slowly coming back to its normal self. Last week’s final assent to the summit of Kilimanjaro already begins to seem like a dream. Thanks to all of you, a dream come true. To quote an outspoken friend,

“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Hallelujah.”

The summit was awesome, awe inspiring views as well as an awful and unimaginable drain on body strength, and energy as well as on mental determination. It demanded all, all I had and more. I am absolutely convinced that I could never have made that grueling night climb, without your prayer.

I also know that I would never have reached the summit without Jessie, the Tanzanian mountain guide, whose boots I followed, step by step, up that treacherous slope. When the battery on my headlamp froze, he gave me his. How he knew the way through the snow, in the dark, I will never know, but he did.


And of course, I never would even have gone to Africa without the support of my climbing team, François, Jean Louis, Juan Camilo, Lise and Rebeca. I could not have asked for a more positive, supportive, and fun loving group of climbing companions.

So, many, many and many more thanks to all of you for making an old man’s dream come true. I will never forget what all of you have done for this Babu.

But, this is not the end. The dream for world peace goes on. We all have learned from this adventure that together, we can do the impossible. Struggling together we can make great things happen. So the challenge is to keep on Climbing Together for Peace.

We have made the first step, what next? Please continue to pray for peace and please keep on dreaming. We have a logo, please share and explain it to your friends. We have a blog, please, post your ideas for future projects to help make the greater dream come true.

In the sixty’s I used to strum my guitar and sing about peace. Here is a song I remember singing, and teaching friends to sing, in France, Germany, Spain and Belgium. Maybe some of you have heard it. I encourage you to sing it now and teach it to you friends.

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
I dreamed I saw a mighty room
The room was filled with men
And the paper they were signing said
They’d never fight again

And when the papers all were signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful prayers were prayed

And the people in the streets below
Were dancing round and round
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

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One thought on “Thanks from the Dreamer

  1. josseline

    Les rêves sont là pour être réalisés ! et pour nous élever toujours plus haut .Très beau témoignage.


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