Dona Nobis Pacem

Posted: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to the 12th Blog Blast for Peace and my 11th participation.

No, I did not give you 30 Days of Peace Quotes.  No, I did not post my 100 Reasons to Blog for Peace yesterday on the Eve of Blog Blast.  No, I haven't done anything in this space that I intended to do in the last 10 months.

My peace was derailed almost from the beginning of 2015.  Nothing has come easy.  The simplest tasks have been ridiculously complicated.  It's been almost comical, but the relief in laughter has been slow in coming.

Blog Blast founder Mimi Lennox has set a theme of Peace and Love for this 2015 launch.  My Peace Post is about Challenge, Struggle, and Opportunity.  That's been my year.  But if you look closely, you'll find Mimi's theme in my year.  She does have a knack.  Even when I have a thing to relate, even if I think that thing is outside the story Mimi wants from me, somehow she yanks me underneath the umbrella of this movement and my message for Blog Blast becomes exactly what she wants.

Uncanny, that woman is.  I haven't been in contact much with Mimi since this blog went dark.  Yet her theme trumped my own.  I'm ok with that.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  
Martin Luter King Jr.

Details aren't important.  Suffice to say that my challenge in 2015, indeed my and Pam's challenge, has been overcoming repeated illness, plus the stuff and nonsense that comes with lousy health.  We have both fought one illness after another since January.  We lost weight.  We became reclusive.  We begged off social engagements.  We fell behind at work, ran ourselves ragged trying to catch up, then missed more time because we didn't get enough rest and caught the dang bugs again.

Rinse and repeat.

We simply could not string enough time together when one or the other or both of us felt well.  We gradually surrendered to the lethargy of not feeling well, which led to a completely overwhelming negativity. 

Pam is an innately positive person.  She can find a bright side to any situation.  I work at being that kind of person, and I've gotten to the point where I usually can find the positive in just about anything, almost without thinking too hard.

2015 knocked us both down, put its boot on our throats, and leaned in for the crush.

"Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary."  
Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is a hard thing when you can't pick your partner up.  How do you say something to your partner to cheer them, when your focus is gradually turning inward within your own struggle?  We've all done that when we're's only about us.  It's about how lousy we feel.  We selfishly hoard our energy because we want it all for our own struggle to feel well.

You know what they tell you on the airplane, right?  Those safety demonstrations?  In the event of cabin decompression, they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before you help someone else.  Good safety tip...until you're so focused on getting your own oxygen that you don't look around to see if anyone else needs help.

My struggle to feel well.  Pam's struggle to feel well.  Independent of each other.  Frustrated and tired of feeling awful most of the time.

Except...we're not independent of each other, Pam and I.  We never have been, since that moment in 2006 when our lives met and intertwined.

"Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it's accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another's eyes or heart."  
Sue Monk Kidd

One night not too long ago, neither of us could open a jar.  No matter how we tried, we simply could not get the thing open.  Stoopid pickles.

And we started laughing.

It was a moment of extreme silliness.  A moment of high hilarity.  A moment of such sublime ridiculousness.  A complete tension release.  A reminder that even during those times when we were each mired in our own selfish hoarding of energy to be well, we were together.

She and I.  Us.  We.

With love.  In love.  Loving.

The individual challenge.  The singular struggle.  The shared opportunity.



 Dona Nobis Pacem.

Image credit:  I found the image I used on my Peace Globe at a site called All About Art.  The artist's name is Anna Razumouskaya.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Travis, my blog friend, your special moment in 2005 has given me goosebumps over the years as you revisit it and weave it into your current life stories. I am sorry this has been such a tough year for you and Pam, but that long underlying love is still apparent as I read your peace message. I've heard of dill pickles and sweet pickles, but not "stoopid" pickles. Not sure I want to try those. ;-) So good to spot the light on in your blog window. Peace to you and Pam.

  1. Anonymous says:

    The love between you and Pam will transcend all negativity. You created a most beautiful Peace Globe. I only posted on facebook but I'll email mine to you since I don't blog anymore. Hugs always, Julie Schultz

  1. Empathy is so important!

  1. Michelle says:

    Oh Trav,I am so sorry you and Pam have had a lousy year, but my goodness... what a lovely post and SMASHING Peace Globe.

    I've had a similar year, but wasn't up to blogging it. It's been... a year from hell and yet a year of opening up to painful beauty, if that makes any sense.

    Love, hugs and blessings to you and Pam, dear fellow Peace Bee.

  1. Thank God for pickles - it is laughter that gets us through. Loved this story!

  1. Just because your words were not current on the page doesn't mean they lost their power. It doesn't work that way. Once they reverberate into the atmosphere, they're forever (I humbly believe)and you have shared many a powerful word on this blog during peace season over the years. They are still here with as much influence as ever. I hear them, don't you?

    I'm laughing with you and Pam about the pickle jar...but not liking the fact that you've both been ill. I knew something was amiss, however. I do know with certainty that the two of you can weather any pickle storm together. My money is on the two of you.

    That love thing....uh huh....

    Peace and MUCHO love to both of you,

    P.S. I wanted the pic on the peace globe to be of you and Pam! LOL They look like they are about to dance. Fits my vision of the two of you. Nonetheless, it is truly inspiring.

  1. Clooney says:

    Love that empathy quote and your Peace Globe, many purrs to you both...we join you in blogging for peace.

  1. Ferd says:

    I'm sorry to hear you and Pam have had such a tough year, Travis! I wish you Peace and a much better 2016!

  1. So glad to see you here for the Blog4Peace, Travis! Definitely sad to hear that you and Pam are still not doing well. Brad and I have had a similar year. My blogging has pretty much dropped to my once-a-week 5 on Friday, which means I'm thinking about you once a week.

    Really hoping that 2016 turns out to be an entirely different year for you and Pam.

    Wishing you peace, Travis.

  1. Wishing you and yours peace for today and every day!

  1. Sorry it's been such a tough year for you and Pam, Travis. But I am thankful for your Blog Blast post, and for the knowledge and insight it contains.

    Wishing you peace, today and every day.

  1. You have demonstrated the power of love so beautifully. And what a power - making weak strong. Laughter in the face of helplessness is quite a strength, a gift of love and peace in harmony. Beautiful post.

  1. I have so missed you. Please return to us regularly when you can. In the meantime, thanks for the wonderful peace post.

  1. Brian says:

    I sure hope health finds you, moves in and stays. We sure do hope peace catches on...and quickly!

  1. It’s been a tough year here healthwise. Both peeps are struggling with bad backs. Hope you can beat that old sick bug. Peace be with you.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I'm sorry to read you and Pam have had a difficult year, but happy to read you are still laughing together my friend. Wishing you both Peace, good health and happiness. Xx

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Travis. Peace to you!

  1. Dona Nobis Pacem,Struggle is never easy especially when it is health issues. I personally have not posted about Celestine's and Mine heath issues suffice to say we all struggle we of the land of Blog are here for you,with pPrayers and Support. Celestine and I wish you and Pam,Peace,Love and Happiness,God Bless and take care. FYI 17 December will be a special posting for me.

  1. I let the blog blast completely slip my mind this year, until just the other day, and I thought of you. I knew that even though you don't blog as much as you used to, and the blog is semi-dark, there are special occasions that prompt you to share your thoughts.
    In some ways, you and I represent what this meme is all about. We don't always share the same political or religious viewpoints, but we respect each others opinion and they're right to express it. Even in disagreement, we can be civil about our differences without condemning or belittling one another. As I heard recently, we can think that the other person may have a bad idea, but that doesn't make them a bad person.
    I am sorry to hear that you have struggled with health issues. Please know that you are now in my thoughts and prayers. Have a blessed holiday season.