Peace on Earth
Isn’t it interesting how close Peace On Earth is to Peace One Earth.
Just an ‘e’ makes the difference. And at risk of being really cheesy, I would say that that “e” is for everybody.
Not only peace for the deserving, or the privileged, or the worthy, or the sane. We will only have peace on earth if everybody has peace in their hearts and minds. I know that we are only responsible for ourselves. But by being responsible for ourselves, we are also responsible for what we tolerate, how we speak to others, how we include others, what we buy, who we vote for, who we forgive, how we show love to others, and how we show love to ourselves. How we treat others will help in our healing process, but in theirs, too.
We can change the world outside by changing our world inside. We can decide who we want to be, what we want to believe, how we want to act; be that in all our actions, and that can ripple out far beyond what we can imagine. From one person to the next, connecting us all in a web of peace.
Does the possibility of peace of earth seem impossible to believe? I don’t think so, but I have been believing it for a long time. We act angry, we put anger out there into the world; we seek revenge, we put resentment out there, and we feel it, too. We see evil, we experience evil. We see what we want to see, and we see reflected all around us what is inside us. I don’t think the world can afford more of this turbulence.
For a future to be possible
It has to start with us. This is a season for rebirth and renewal. It is a time for commitments, wishes, and faith to be solidified. We can be anything we want to be. I will focus this year on how I treat others.
Here are my commitments:
I will protect life.
I will teach for me and learn for my students.
I will act with generosity more than last year.
I will take a deep breath before getting angry and decide if it matters that much.
I will think before making decisions, so a “yes” has no strings or regret.
I will believe in people, know that they are just on their journey, and I can trust it.
I will trust myself, so I don’t alienate people in guise of protecting myself.
I will speak responsibly, prioritizing integrity and kindness.
I will listen with my whole heart.
I will chose connection.
I will shop consciously.
I will sing my song.
All of these commitments, I will follow up with action and practice. Everything we do can be an act of peace, why not make it one.
How will you contribute towards peace on earth?
My next post will be after the New Year! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.