My thoughts this year about peace are still pretty much the same as always. I want to live in a world free from prejudice, hate, discrimination, indifference, and apathy. Why can't we love our neighbors as ourselves ? If not more than ourselves? Such a simple commandment. Why is it so difficult to follow? I still believe that love conquers all.
When we put someone else's needs before our own needs is when we come to a deeper understanding of what is required of us. The ultimate sacrifice of self less love for another human being, even for a total stranger. Compassion and understanding are defined by love.
It is not an easy step, but for PEACE it would require the ultimate sacrifices. A sacrifice of self less love, a deeper desire for those in need, those hurting, those we know not. To follow a righteous path of love. What would you do for World PEACE? I'd say that I would do just about anything required of myself for PEACE.
I choose to start with my family. I choose to be kinder and more tolerant and more understanding of my loved ones. It is often said that we treat total strangers better than we treat the ones that we love. Some times this is true. I am starting with my family, one person at a time. Then I build on that by taking it to the small community where I live. I choose to be kinder, more tolerant and lift up those in need. It manifest itself in many forms from volunteering, to mentoring, to just simply caring.
I challenge...No I beg each of you to go that extra mile for mankind, for humanity, and mostly for PEACE. It won't be easy, but it will be worth the effort. You only receive what you are willing to give back. This year I pledge for PEACE in my home and community. Like the movie "Pay It Forward", the concept is so simple you wonder why more people are not living this way?
Peace and Love to you my friends,