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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Time to Hide or Fight?


Far away from the world of evil and hate,

Is the place I want to live, and ultimately wait.

 

For the world is turning ever so cold,

And I cannot bear to watch it, slowly implode.

 

We rape and kill our Earth and fellow man.

Human race’s destruction–I cannot understand.

 

Why can’t we live with love and create

A world filled with wonder that’s truly great?

 

Why can’t we use our hands to embrace

Those who have tears streaming down their face?

 

Why do we care about others’ religion and race,

If their actions are genuine and displaying grace?

 

Why are we filled with so much greed?

Must we hoard more than we need?

 

The questions I have, but no answers come.

And with each new crisis, my heart breaks some.

 

There has to be something that we all can do.

For if we bound together, we’d form a glue.

 

Stick together and form a world of love.

Push up our sleeves and pull on gloves.

 

For peace cannot come if we leave it to fate.

Terrorists are already inside our protected gates.

 

But they’re not always wearing turbans of terror.

Sometimes it’s there, right in our own mirror.

 

Look inside your heart and search your soul.

Reflect on your actions and think about your goal.

 

Do the things that you do come with a price?

Do you have to pause and think about them twice?

 

Does your life help the world in one small way?

When you die… what, if anything, will others say?

 

Will they say that you were an example of charm?

That you always helped others, causing no harm.

 

Or will they say you that you were full of greed?

That you were always unhappy, always mean.

 

None of us are perfect or free from all sins.

The ultimate question, is which side wins?

 

Are you mostly good and doing your part?

Or have you been bad, and need a new start?

 

Each day is a chance to come anew?

Learn to love and how to be true.

 

None of us alone can solve it all.

But united we stand, divided we fall.

 

Join together in love and fight the hate.

Then maybe just maybe, hiding in a cave can wait.

 

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For Sue Vincent’s Write Photo Challenge.

Journey to War


Each day there is something sad in the world:political insanity, terrorist acts, senseless acts of violence, cruelty, gross misunderstandings…..The list goes on and on. These countless tragic events shade my normally happy outlook on life. Therefore, this is a poem for that.

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Fights and anger, turn into war

Yet everyone’s side, has the same score

Violence breeds violence, or so I’ve seen

I don’t get it and I don’t want to be mean

I want us to come together, like God planned

But we continue to divide…I don’t understand

Our Nation of ours is filled with such turmoil

Its building and building and it’s about to boil

From terrorism to politics to the division of race

All I can do is pray, as tears run down my face

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For The Daily Prompt ~ Journey.