I wish I had more time today to write a long post like I did last year, but as you know I’m swamped with various this and that in work and life.
But at this moment more than ever, I think it’s important to think about peace: war all over the world, the East Coast drowning in destruction from Superstorm Sandy, and the truly disturbing vitriol from all factions during the Presidential Election…
Madness everywhere, and rather than better, it seems to always get worse. The only way we can make a change is for each one of us, individually, to give an effort to be kinder to one another, to think before we speak or type. To remember, as the Dalai Lama says, that we are all the same: we want happiness and to avoid suffering.
“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.”
Our job is to make sure that we achieve these things without hurting others, or taking away their rights to the same thing.
“It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.” Shenandoah proverb
Take a moment today to think about peace. Meditate, pray, or just take a quiet moment to consider what we could do to make the world a more peaceful place. Small acts that when combined, become a quiet revolution.