Where Is Peace?

First of all, where exactly is peace? To a hurting person, it may be freedom from pain. To someone in a war torn area, it could be absence of war. For the hungry, it would be a satisfied belly. Another person may simply answer serenity. This is International Peace Day. It was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, this day was designated as a period of non-violence and cease -fire. Let’s explore!

Could it be found within light, love and understanding?

Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe – the open sesame to every soul.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

The welcoming forces of light, love and understanding can certainly open the doors to tranquility within our world. It may start as a warm, bright flicker within the heart. Eventually, it is passed from one person to another, a single community to another, a certain country to another until it encompasses the entire world!

This serenity takes work, internally as well as externally.

If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.

Lao Tzu

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.

Frank Sinatra

Who has ever analyzed depression, anxiety and peace in regards to past, present and future? It just makes so much sense if we think about it. This feeling of goodwill certainly involves the golden rule of doing no harm and simply (or is it simple) treating one another as we would like to be treated.

How may we create peace?

Peace begins with a smile.

Mother Teresa

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts, differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

The 14th Dali Lama

Finally, let’s all see what we can do to promote this peaceful feeling. One way that helps me is to THINK LIKE WATER. Being in nature can truly invite a sense of serenity. Awe and Wonder are other emotions which can help. It all starts within our hearts and blossoms out from there. Light, love and understanding are key. Work is certainly required, within ourselves as well as outwardly toward others. We must approach the world with a smile, ready to discover, dialogue and teach. Together, we can do this! Last of all, may peace be with you!

Published by Linda M. Wolfe

Midwestern mystic with varying amounts of mother, teacher, artist, seeker

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