Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. ~Rumi
A monument in Gallipoli highlights Ataturk's famous quote that reaches out to the mothers of his former enemies (WWI), "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country, therefore rest in peace.There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side..." Yes, you are reading that right--Ataturk is indeed honouring his enemies! Offering peace to their enemies isn't a new concept here. Pergamon, the ruins we visited today, were bequeathed to the Romans, rather than conquered, as what can be considered a strategic early peace agreement (133 BC).
This spirit that is historically rooted in reconciliation translates into exceptional hospitality as welcoming guests (strangers) into your home is considered to increase your abundance. We experienced this today as we shared an authentic Turkish meal in the private home of a family in the village of Gobller. This was some of the best food and hospitality we have had since we came to Turkey--and that is saying something! An interesting juxtaposition was the traditional dress and wood stove against the satellite dish and large screen T.V.
I continue to enjoy Turkish delight with breakfast. You are always in our prayers. Insha'Allah (As God wills)
Love Mom and Dad