Is peace possible?


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Peace of mind. It’s a wonderful thing to have, or want to have. Yet, with all the anger, decisiveness and stupidity going around today, I wonder: can anyone really have peace of mind anymore?

We are bombarded with images of crime, cruelness and destruction on a daily basis in the news. Which is not a statement to bash journalists. It’s merely a statement on the status of world events that make the reports. It’s the nature of news to report things that are out-of-the-ordinary, unusual or shocking. That’s what makes it news. I get that.

However, it can be overwhelming. How do us average citizens process it all, let alone make a difference? I suppose all you can do is make an effort, each and every day to do your part.

Whatever that may be, as I am sure it will be different for us all, it should involve some basic factors. Well, at least I would hope it would. And in my opinion, those factors would involve the following qualities…

Ethical: Are our actions ethical? Of course, everyone can define ethics differently and by their culture, religion or etc. So how do we all agree on what is ethical? I suppose the best way to describe this would be to ask, are my actions something I can do in front of/or explain to a police officer, boss, spouse or grandma?  If not, it may be something to reconsider.

Improvement: Do our actions improve anything? Now, this does not have to be on the level of solving cancer or world hunger. Though, those accomplishments are certainly wonderful. But on a daily basis, is what you spend your time on worthy of your time? Does it help move anything forward? This may be a simple as working at a bakery and making the best pastries you can. Or maybe you are that journalist that asks the tough questions on a government leader at some level, so that they stay accountable and honest. Or maybe, you volunteer to take in foster pets. And in all reality, on those really tough days, do you at least take the effort to listen to others, genuinely consider their perspective and think, what would I do in that situation?

Kindness and Respect: Do you act with kindness and respect? Many people say they treat others with kindness and respect, but do they really? Think about it and watch people interact. Step back and think about how you treat others.  Do you speak to people with real interest, approachable tones, and value? This may be as simple as looking a cashier (or customer) in the eye and speaking in a way that says, I see you. Do you listen to what others are saying in total, or are you thinking about your response? Do you jump to conclusions when the situation is unfamiliar or not to your liking? Or do you stop to consider the possibilities and facts and put yourself in their shoes, regardless of their race, religion or party? Or maybe this is being a responsible driver, not cutting people off and even merely acknowledging there are other people on the same road as you.

 

I know that I am not successful at this everyday. However, I do try. I try to be a good person. I try to consider others feelings, situation and experiences. I attempt to spread kindness through smiles, words and actions. I try to value you others. Yet, in all that I still cannot find a total piece of mind. Have you been able to do it? If so, how?

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Wednesday’s Word: Through


I believe words mean something. They have power. Words are what give us connection, empathy, passion and power. They help us understand one another.

In my efforts to start back on a blogging schedule and search the vast corners of the earth for more words that move me, I am going to start a Wednesday Word.

I will post a word, quote, phrase or who knows what else that moves me, inspires me, enrages me or more. I may comment on it. Or perhaps I will not. Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic too.

So here goes, the first Wednesday Word is:

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

 

This quote gives me hope. It reminds me that the only way I will end some pain, some sadness, some struggle is to work my way through it. If I stay consumed with whatever is holding me back, I will stay there. I will wallow in it. I allow myself to be the victim and my suffering/struggle/sadness will never end. Of course, not all problems can be “ended” completely. You cannot completely fix or end the grief of losing a loved one. You cannot cure a disabling injuring. You cannot undo abuses already put upon you. No, sadly nothing we can do can fix, end, or get us out of those past situations.

However, we have the power to get through them. We have the power to choose how we survive. We can lay down in defeat and let the world run us into the ground. We can keep being the victim. We can drink or drug ourselves into numbness. We can give up. But we can also choose more for ourselves. We can start a new day, each and every day. We can have hope. We can eat better, exercise more and think positive. We can be kind. We can make a plan to improve ourselves, our situations, or our responses. It may not be easy, but we can find a way through the bad and into a better place, a nicer place and into a new normal.

So work through your life, and you will find your way out and into the new light of hope, love and freedom from what holds you back.

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May peace come


Across the globe there is stress and strife. War, hate and intolerance continue to rage in several pockets of the world, sometimes even in our own backyards. It can be overwhelming and scary. Fear and worry are powerful and some of those hurting may need solace and hope.

In honor of the late Leonard Cohen, here are two versions of his song Hallelujah. (Though there are hundreds out there, these are my favorite so far.) And then, the man himself singing his masterpiece.

May they offer you joy and peace.

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Seasons of life, nature


“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” [Meditations Divine and Moral]” ~ Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet ~ The ebb and flow … Continue reading