May all be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The meek and the powerful, The short and the long, The subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere, Both seen and unseen, Dwelling far off or nearby, Being, or waiting to become: May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another, Let no one anywhere despise another, Let no one out of anger or resentment Wish suffering to anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life Protects her child, her only child, from hurt, So within yourself let grow A boundless love for all creatures.
Let your love flow outward through the whole universe To its full height, depth, and broad extent, Then, as you stand or walk, Sit or lie down, As long as you are awake, Strive for this with a onepointed mind: Your life will bring heaven to earth.
- Translated by Stephen H. Ruppenthal
Buddhist source: From "The Path of Awakening: Passages for Meditation." Copyright (c) 2004 by Stephen H. Ruppenthal
To die is to be set free from the ties that bind us here to the earth…we are free from all the burdens of this life, finally free to let our souls soar and know we are complete in the presence of our Lord.....lms '06
Peace & Love to all who visit this site. Please light a candle and let us know that you were here. God Bless you~ Lynda *Brian's mom
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THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED ME FROM THE BEGINNING! THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY SON! I LOVE YOU ALL! PEACE & BLESSINGS ALWAYS~ LYNDA *BRIAN'S MOM
On July 25, 2004 my son, Brian Eddie Colletti was senselessly murdered. The above verse is inscribed on his marker. He was a Petty Officer for the United States Coast Guard.
Brian was loved and respected by all who knew him. He had the unique gift of compassion, loving others unconditionally came easily to him. He was considered a peacemaker by his friends, dependable and reliable by his shipmates and co-workers, with a positive, easy going personality, always caring and offering encouragement to others. Brian was a good and respectful son, loved his family very much, was his oldest brother’s best friend, a fun-loving uncle and brother-in-law, a treasured nephew, loving grandson, a dedicated godfather to his shipmate and friend’s daughter, he was someone who filled many roles in the lives of many people. Brian had no enemies, he was loved by all who met him. Brian also loved all those he met and those he didn’t. He was the example of the phrase, Strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet.
In the dictionary the definition of the word compassion is; A deep feeling of sharing the suffering of another; mercy. This is also a definition of my son. He had the gift of compassion for others, he was the most loving and caring human being I have ever known. He loved people unconditionally. To Brian, it didn’t matter who you were, where you lived, how much money you had, the color of your skin, he took people at face value or ‘heart value’ and saw the good in everyone. He considered himself a friend to everyone. He took his relationships with others very serious and saw them as a privilege, he never took others for granted. What a gift he had and his love is his legacy that he left for us all.
There is a quote by Storm Jameson that says, ‘Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed… Brian was a happy person and that is how he lived his life, simply, freely and with purpose.
I know that God has a great helper, a precious angel in his kingdom and we will see him again.
Brian touched many lives and the love he shared and the acts of kindness he did can never be undone. His love will continue on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will never be forgotten, his spirit lives on as we pass along the love he so freely gave us, we in turn will freely give it to many others…
I no longer question why. The question now is what? What can I do with this God? Who can I help? How can I help to bring something good out of our tragedy? I believe that is what we are supposed to do with our experiences, good and bad. We need to share them with others in a way that makes a difference. I believe that my tragedy may be someone else's blessing one day.
I thank God for his faithfulness and grace. He is my source of strength and my refuge. His grace is sufficient. Without God in my life, I would have laid down and died. I do not know how anyone can live and not believe. I don't know how anyone can live without God's help and love. I don't know why anyone would want to...
Peace & Blessings~ Lynda Simmons Brian Colletti’s mother
Happy 35th Birthday Brian! / Lynda Simmons (Mom)
I sit here and I'm at a loss for words. I feel quiet inside...almost like the calm before the storm. I know the tears are coming, I can feel it.
It's hard to imagine you as a 35 year old man. What would you look like, who would you be today? I...
My Story recorded by StoryCorps / Lynda Simmons (Mother)
Thinking of you... / Danielle Whalen (Shipmate/Friend)
A Dream Within A Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
Never Easy... / Lynda Simmons (mom)
No matter how much time passes, it still isn't easy. I miss you all the time but during this time I feel it more intensely...
It's hard to believe it's been 8 years! I remember when it was 2 years & I thought I would not...
Article in local newspaper / Lynda Simmons (Brian's mom )
Mother's grief helps others find their way by-Bill Kirby Jr
Lynda Simmons has turned her own grief and personal tragedy into something positive. In her words: "Fayetteville has a problem with crime. We have a problem with violence and gangs are...