Where Peace Will Come From

I think the greatest chance of the most exquisite existence of peace and humanity lies in the most common of men and women.

In the hearts of men and women who see hatred and refuse to allow it in their hearts as they go about their  living.  Refusing to accept it. Refusing it any part of their lives.  Refusing  to be food for the growth of it.

In the breaths they exhale they express kindness and acceptance.  They do little deeds that exude thoughtfulness and consideration.

They take from their small paychecks and buy food for the hungry.  They donate clothing they cannot use to those who can.  They stand on the sidelines of their child’s games and slip an extra twenty dollar bill in to the coach’s hand to pay for the child’s t-shirt for t-ball.  The one who’s parents are trying so hard but struggling to make ends meet.

It’s the men and women who speak softly to their friends or neighbors or family members when hate or lack of understanding is expressed about someone else being different.  It’s the softly spoken “why does that scare you?”   and “how does that impact you?”   It’s the calm conversation of sharing acceptance and tolerance, even if you don’t agree.  It’s the rational voices that prompt discussion, that delve in to differences.  And try to come to understandings of one another.

 It is the common man and woman who exist knowing love for others.  They give it.  They accept it.  And they know they do not have to be like everyone else and celebrate that they are not.

It is the parent who teaches gentle behaviors.  And helps form strong characters to defend their beliefs.   It is the teaching of self defense that starts with how you live and treat others …. lessening your need to defend against those who are fearful of your existence.

It is the man and woman who get up each day doing everything they can to own their existence and all that they must do.  And in doing so have no intention of conquering the world.  Or anyone else.  They just want to exist within their world, to work, to play, to celebrate, to worry, to build a wonderful life.  Knowing that their life does not have to come at the suffering or conquering of others.

It won’t be a politician.

It won’t be a world leader.

It won’t be celebrity.

None of these will bring, create, or breathe life in to, peace.

It will be the collective of the common men and women. The individuals who believe they have a responsibility.  And who, together, understand it is up to each of us to create peace together.

 I truly believe peace will occur when men and women world wide become tired of being pawns in a crazy world.

 

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31 thoughts on “Where Peace Will Come From

  1. Yes! Yes! Thank you for stating it so well.

  2. What a great post, Colleen. I agree so much with you. We need to find peace inside ourselves, before we are able to create peace among others.

  3. I do so hope that the world can move towards this sooner rather than later. The voice of the little man, but more importantly, the little woman, must be heard, must be listened to, and must be acted upon.
    May you, and your family, have a wonderful, peaceful, and loving Christmas Colleen, and may the New Year be full of goodness, good health, and lots of your wonderful thoughts and art.
    May I send a communal hug, for Christmas, to you and all your readers.

  4. So very true! What a wonderful post! Merry Christmas Colleen!

  5. ksbeth says:

    yes, to all of this. we are each the one if we so choose, each in our own way, each doing our little part.

  6. “Knowing that their life does not have to come at the suffering or conquering of others.” If only this were common knowledge. Well said, C. and thank you.

  7. ivors20 says:

    May peace and goodwill be with you always, as I gently breath in your Kindness and calmly soak up your compassion.

  8. Mrs. P says:

    This is beautiful…and so true! May I share it on Facebook?

  9. Love this post. I often wonder why or how some people forget the importance of kindness, but I’m not giving up hope they’ll remember. 🙂

  10. reocochran says:

    I was humming last night in my car heading from Cleveland, aay from my Mom, brothers, sister in law and the lake where somehow even the fish , water and of course, the stars shout love and peace.🕊
    As I drove through little towns, past places I have been, I saw my middle school and the church my first wedding and baby girl was baptized. . .
    I had no music flowing from the radio and yet, the simple song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” was being hummed by me. I wrote this on someone else’s blog yesterday, waiting for Felicia at the airport. I hummed it, as I saw people run into each other’s arms. . .I agree with You! 💞

  11. reocochran says:

    “aay” = away. oops! 😊

  12. russtowne says:

    I believe you’re right, Colleen.

  13. Debra says:

    I hope those of us who understand what you’re saying here will be bolder in expressing this belief in the coming year. We desperately need to embrace the role of peace-building.

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