How Will You Celebrate #PeaceDay?


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Today, September 21, is the International Day of Peace. I’ve seen very little on the news or social media about the day, a curious thing, considering the condition of the world today.

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Here’s the definition on the United Nations website:

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

 

One of my favorite hymns is “Let There Be Peace on Earth:”

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

“And let it begin with me.”  In my opinion, those are the most important words.

As I thought about the day, I brainstormed about how peace might begin with me. Here’s my list so far:

  • Accept and appreciate our differences instead of fearing them.
  • Practice compassion.
  • Learn to be more empathetic.
  • Strive not to offend.
  • Strive not to be offended.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Don’t be drawn into the negativity social media often feeds.
  • Let go.

Today, as I continue to pack and prepare to move, I’ll be singing “let it begin with me.” Good thing nobody can hear. 🙂

How will you celebrate the day? What are your ideas on ways to promote peace?

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4 Responses to How Will You Celebrate #PeaceDay?

  1. Good ideas, Jan. Promote and focus on the positive is so important in a negatively-focused world. Here are a few I thought of just now. Answer people calmly and lovingly, not matter what they say (yes, difficult!). Try to really listen and find common ground. Take care of yourself first instead of worrying about and trying to fix others, then reach out to them without trying to fix everything. (Hope that last one makes sense.)

    janet

  2. Jan Morrill says:

    Great ideas, Janet. I especially like “really” listening and trying to find common ground. We don’t take the time to “really” listen as often as we should. Myself included. 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    Thank you Jan. This was a nice reminder. I like the last one, “let go.” One of the most difficult challenges for me is to surrender the desire to fight or flee when I am overtaken with righteousness. It helps to remember, that in the end, the only one who can diminish me, is me.

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