“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
Peace: it can define the relationship between two countries; it can define the relationship between two people; it can define our relationship we have with ourselves.
At this moment there is much unrest in the world and too many places where peace is not present. As we look to the war zones, most of us just wish it would stop. We wish that peace would return. We wish that we all could just get along.
But as I think of global peace I also think of personal peace. I think of community. I ask myself: am I being peaceful? Are you?
Let’s Practice Peace.
“First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” – Thomas a Kempis
To be honest with you, I’m not going to fly to Ukraine to broker peace. I’m not heading to Israel, nor Syria, nor Iraq. Most of you probably won’t either. But we can still help.
We can help grow peace by practicing it in our daily lives. We can help build peace in our community. Little things grow it. Helping others, smiling, acceptance, being patient, these things create a sense of a caring community. This grows peace.
I think that our patience is an important factor in how peaceful we are. If somebody does something we don’t like, how do we respond? If we get angry or aggressive, we have lost our peace.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama
It’s important to remember that we’re all humans. We all make mistakes. And we’re all really just doing the best that we can. Even the person that acts in a way that upsets you is doing his/her best, maybe they’ve just lost their way. I try to remember to be compassionate towards these people. I try to remember to be peaceful towards these people.
We sometimes even get upset with ourselves. We can lose patience and peace within. It’s an important factor in our overall patience & peacefulness: Be Peaceful with Yourself.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha
As countries continue warring, I encourage you to let it inspire you to be more peaceful. Let’s do the opposite of war and spread kindness, patience, acceptance, community, and love.
If we have peace with ourselves, it allows us to walk with peace in our day. It allows us to make a more pleasant community for everyone. If we are strong in our peace, then we can control how outside events influence us. If we find ourselves with rage and yelling, we have lost our peace, and need to work to get it back.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles R. Swindoll
If you feel motivated help financially there are many different organizations you can support including the War Child and Red Cross: Where it is Needed Most funds. If you want to help, but in a different way, help make your community a better place for others.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
A few days ago, my girlfriend was walking home after work. It was dark out and was getting cold. As she got closer to our home, she noticed a car pulled over on the side of the road, in front of a bus stop, in rush hour traffic, and an older man looking distraught. His car had died and he didn’t know what to do. Cars were honking and he was very nervous.
She offered to help and began pushing the car. All this happened in front of a bus stop where his car had died, which was full of people, and nobody offered to help. They apathetically watched as she struggled to push a car by herself and the man struggled to steer it.
Eventually a young couple and another gentleman offered help, but this was after my had almost been hit by a speeding van in the process. Eventually, all together they got the car safely on to a small street and started it. Shortly after this chain of events I met up with my girlfriend and she kept commenting about how shocked she was that people just stood by watching.
“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
If we want there to be peace in the world we need to be more like the girl pushing the car, and less like the others honking and speeding past. We need to create peace in our world. If we all do this, in every corner of the world, we can grow peace. It’s not the type of peace that will stop these wars tomorrow, but it’s the kind of peace that helps prevent war in the future.
Let’s use this current unrest and lack of peace to inspire us to Practice Peace. I think more and more people are tired of the fighting, tired of violence and tired of hate. History is full of wars, but we’ve come a long ways and I hope as more of us accept one another, and strive for peace , that our future will begin to reflect this.
“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s Practice Peace.