The following was submitted by Rev. Linda Fisher
If we are going to have World Peace it is something we must create together. As long as we impose what we think is right, even if we truly believe that it is right for other people, we will not find peace.
Peace can only come from within the individual. Peace cannot be imposed on people. No matter how enlightened some concept or philosophy may seem if it is not embraced by most individuals it will not create peace. It is the nature of humans to resist the things they do not understand or accept. If a concept is not accepted by society then that concept will not survive peacefully because we humans will continue to resist what we do not accept of our own free will. Thus the great revolutions we see in our history.
However true this is, it remains the nature of mankind to seek peace. To humans, love feels good, and fear and anger feel bad. We grew up in a world where the strong have dominated the weak. In our early society, before we had laws, strength; either individually, or that of the community or nation was the way we survived. Tribes banded together for their survival. Other tribes who were more aggressive banded together to provide for themselves by taking from the weaker and less aggressive tribes. We now understand enough to achieve more positive social solutions.
Monday: Think about the times you try to get other people to do things the way you think they should be done.
Tuesday: Think about the times other people try to get you to do things the way they think they should be done.
Wednesday: Think about what it would be like if other people accepted doing things the way you wanted them to.
Thursday: Think about what it could be like if you could just accept other people's ways of doing things.
Friday: Think about what it would be like if you were each free to choose your own way of doing things.
Saturday: Think what it would be like to negotiate differences with the object of freedom for each to do it their own way.
Sunday: Resolve to fully respect the differences of others in all relationships in your life.
Dean Van Leuven is a psychologist, conducts workshops and is the author of A Peaceful New World and many other books dealing with quality of life issues. Contact him on the web at: www.DeanOfPeace.com
My post are some photos of someone else's garden, taken by me this summer. Lets call this "Peaceful Summer Reminiscing" or "Peaceful Rememberings"
Peace and Joy to all that come here to read my blog.