Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Peace Wish For You

Happy Friday! I wish you peace on this day, International Day of Peace, and always.

A smile for a friend, handshake for an acquaintance, hug for a family member, or supportive words for a spouse, these are ways we can start to express our wish for peace.

Peace can affect everything that happens in our world.  An individual’s inner peace, or lack of it, can affect the peace of his family in a positive or negative way.  For instance, a peaceful person can be a joy to be around, a calming presence for those around him.  A person with no peace, on the other hand, can be a destructive force who drains the energy of persons close by.  Likewise, this is true for the family unit, which impacts its surrounding community.  It’s a ripple effect, as whole nations and the international community are eventually affected by the presence or absence of peace.

Yet, on an individual level, there’s something each of us can do. We can take concrete steps towards peace within ourselves and share that with our families and communities.  In this way, we can make our small, yet critical contribution to peace in the world, one person, and one action, at a time.

Let’s remember the healing power of introducing peace into the life of an individual who’s in pain. Imagine nationwide and international peace, no wars, no genocides, and no violent crimes.  Does this sound too good to be true?

Think about it though. What actions promote peace?  What actions threaten peace?  What are the concrete benefits of peace?

We can do things in our daily lives to add to a peaceful environment in our families, communities, nation, and the world.

Let’s all own a peace action task today.

Peace to you all.

Angeline Bandon-Bibum

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