It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Choice to Be Peace Every Day

Furthering the conversation in the comments on my previous post about Desert Silence on the International Day of Peace, I want to suggest that it's not a case of peace one day vs. peace every day. Rather, as usual, it's a both-and situation.

The International Day of Peace is an opportunity for the global community to come together for a shared acknowledgement of our common yearning for peace and to renew our dedication to not only the pursuit of peace but the practice of it.

AND, each one of us has a personal choice we can make to follow that pursuit and practice of peace every day. Not just a moment of silence each day, but in every thing we do in our personal and professional lives to do through the eyes of peace. We're human, we're not perfect,and we won't always succeed, but, as they say, it's more about the journey than the actual arrival at the destination.

By the way, everyone it seems has a different definition of peace in mind when hearing or using that word. So, just to be clear about my use of it, the definition that resonates with me to my core is the one contained in the Earth Charter: "...peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Mike,
    It starts with ME, and I accept that I might never know where the tiny seed I planted by MY ACT of PEACE will grow.
    I also accept that it is not about THEM but ME.