Rise each day with the new sun

By Kimberly Burnham

sweetkosovoIn 2015 Dan Webster said of Spokane International Film Festival’s “Three Windows and a Hanging,”  “Besides beings a harsh examination of sexism, Qosja’s film is a testament to the tendency some people have simply to forget bad times. And its moral is clear: The only true way to recovery comes from finding a way to work through painful issues — and maybe even to find a way to forgive.”

Much is changing in Kosovo as witnessed by Interfaith Kosovo whose website says, “This initiative is an innovative approach to diplomacy through civil society. In an age when our networks and institutions become increasingly intertwined, it is more imperative than as ever to understand our neighbors, and them to understand us. If politics stands in the way on one side or the other, or both, the more flexible side needs to find alternative ways to build understanding and confidence. The ethnic majority in Kosovo has long based its political claims on “self-determination”: but this cannot just mean the political self-determination of a collective ethnic group, but “self-determination”, or increased freedom of choice of individuals within a tolerant but sustainable social framework; and religious identities and their interaction play a very important part in this relationship. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation by the Face to Faith and The Faith and Globalization Initiative are examples of the government of Kosovo’s commitment to respecting and protecting all faiths.”

Similar sentiments are being voiced in Spokane’s interfaith community and the Spokane Interfaith Council’s “Meet The Neighbors” program.  People all over the world are looking for ways to find common ground and go beyond tolerance.

Internationally acclaimed poet, William S. Peters, Sr. recently wrote a book of poetry about his visit to Kosovo entitled, “O Sweet Kosovo … Dreams of Rahovec.”  In the Foreword, fellow poet, Fahredin Shehu pulls out his favorite lines from “O Sweet Kosovo … Dreams of Rahovec”:

“You can be the poem


you can be the poet

or you can be in denial;

of the Magic”


how can one look

upon the sky of the night

of Kosovo

and understand not

just how special she is …

for the eyes of God

are sparkling everywhere”

Fahredin Shehu, a Kosovo Albanian hears those words through ears that have seen the night sky in Kosovo but we can all look up into the sky above our on heads, the night sky hanging low over our own homes and feel these words: “how special she is … for the eyes of God are sparkling everywhere.”

In his tribute to the people of Kosovo, Bill Peters shares these words:


we are a young nation

tethered to ancient customs

that have stood

the tests of time

our lands have been laid to siege

yet we till our soils still

for the bounty

of the morrow

empires have come

empires have fallen

for we are a people

who rise each day

with the new sun

Wherever we are on this world, whatever faith or cultural community we lay claim to, we each have the opportunity to “rise each day with the new sun” and do something magnificent, until we don’t.

One of the ideas communicated so beautifully in the poetry of William S. Peters and in interfaith movements around the world is that every voice is precious and we each have a place from which to contribute to this community of humanity.


About Kimberly Burnham

Author of "Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, A Daily Brain Health Program" Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine) investigates the relationship between memory, language, caring and pattern recognition to create a daily brain health exercise program enabling people to achieve better neurological health, mood, and quality of life. She is on a mission to create more peace and understanding in the world by collecting and writing about the nuanced meaning of “Peace” in 4,000 different languages and is looking for funding to complete the project. Known as The Nerve Whisperer, Kimberly uses words (books, presentations, and poetry), health coaching, guided visualization, and hands-on therapies (CranioSacral therapy, acupressure, Matrix Energetics, Reiki, and Integrative Manual Therapy) to help people heal from nervous system and autoimmune conditions. She also focuses on vision issues like macular degeneration and supports people looking for eye exercises to improve driving and reading skills as well as athletic visual speed. An award-winning poet, Kimberly grew up overseas. The child of an international businessman and an artist, she learned Spanish in Colombia; French in Belgium; then Japanese in Tokyo and has studied both Italian and Hebrew as an adult. The author of “My Book: Self-Publishing, a Guided Journal”, she can be reached for health coaching, publishing help, bible study zoom presentations or talking about peace at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com or http://www.NerveWhisperer.Solutions.

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  1. William Peters, Sr.

    Dear Kimberly, this is a great article which captures the spirit of “InterFaith” as it should be. We, Janet and i were so enamored and mesmerized by the warm embrace of a people whom it appeared we had nothing in common . . . and slowly as we started to detoxify from the general demeanor of the west we became inebriated by the humility and simple expressions of brotherly / sisterly love. Their, the people of Kosovo’s embrace of humanity is a wonderful experience i have not felt in far too long a time.
    This is why i HAD TO write this book, that the wonder of it all could be shared. O Sweet Kosovo . . . Thank you Kimberly for sharing your Humanity with us all.

    bless up


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