John Lennon sang, “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” John was not the only dreamer.
While some people are quick to dismiss peace as a real possibility, many others are not; I among them.
Just imagine. No antagonism. No hostility. No war. Imagine mutual harmony in serene, tranquil environs.
You don’t need to escape to a tranquil mountaintop to experience peace.
Think about that a moment. Peace begins with you. And it can’t begin with you until it begins within.
You can’t offer what you don’t have, right?
So, the question I always ask is…
“What can you do to change the world?“
And I always return to the same answer…
“Reach out in love.“
Perhaps you, like many others, also believe peace is possible. Maybe you can envision it.
Imagination is the beginning of reality. (Tweet this)
Of course, anything is easier to see when you’re looking for it.
Unfortunately, many people focus only on the trouble in the world… the
- barbaric brutality
- terroristic threats
- waging wars
Instead, wouldn’t it be nice to know those who continually dispense peace in every transaction of life?
29 Ways To PERPETUATE PEACE.
Do you think one person can make a difference? I do. And I think you can too. Here are 29 ways how:
- Accept apology. If someone has sincerely apologized to you, they are trying to make peace with you. Let the offence go. Be compassionate enough to realize that every person has failings.
- Activate accord. Many disagreements come from misunderstanding the intentions of others. Establishing harmony with others keeps you in concert with them.
- Advance amnesty. Transcend past grievances by extending the proverbial ‘olive branch’ NOW.
- Advocate Amity. Be the voice of reason when it comes to arguments and misunderstandings. Be a happy harmonizer. Foster amicable agreements.
- Alleviate affliction. One trait of wise people is that they keep the genuine welfare and concern of others at heart.
- Amplify awareness. Mindfulness, sensibility and sensitivity all lead to understanding, which are prerequisites for peace.
- Be benevolent. What better thing to be than benevolent? It literally means ‘good volition,’ translated from the Latin as ‘good will.’ When this is your heart’s intention, peace is sure to follow.
- Bestow blessings. Give gifts that money can’t buy. Generously offer compassion and kindness.
- Build bridges. You are the architect of your own peace. Building bridges, like tearing down walls, is heavy labor. But for the sake of peace, it is worth it.
- Champion conciliation. As you may surmise, this is the precursor to reconciliation. Do all you can you win others over.
- Circumvent contentions. Do everything in your power to understand others. Remain open and willing to entertain other perspectives. Quite often the road to peace calls for a bypass.
- Communicate considerately. Does your spirit of communication convey love and understanding? The few extra moments you take to think before you speak may just save you years of regret.
- Convey compassion. Stop suffering. Be merciful to others. Extend compassion to them for their failings. Who hasn’t made mistakes?
- Create coalitions. Forging the bonds of friendship and establishing great rapport takes time, but every moment spent on this step strengthens relationships.
- Create concord. Develop and follow personal principles that lead to agreement.
- Cultivate cooperation. As Thomas Merton said, “No man is an island.” That’s why it takes co-operation.
- Diffuse dissensions. Dial down the animosity button. Quit quarrelling. Instead, ratchet up LOVE. Raise receptivity.
- Dispel doubts. Since doubts are the cause of mistrust, resolving them leads to the hope of peace.
- Exercise empathy. Be sensitive. Pick up on the hurts and injuries of others. Be there for them.
- Forgive faults. I’ve said before, “My flaws could fill a vault, but the San Andreas… that ain’t my fault!” Be compassionate towards yourself for your own mistakes. When you are, you enable yourself to extend that same compassion to others.
- Foster friendships. If you missed it, I encourage you to read my previous post, The Fine Art of Fostering Friendships.
- Judge justly. If you’ve ever been unfairly accused, castigated, criticized, you know the wrongness of it.
- Listen lovingly. Take a back seat and let them steer the conversation. Put the other persons wants and needs ahead of your own, remembering that one of the greatest needs is to be heard.
- Love liberally. I have said before, “When all you have in your heart is love, you are aware that it is enough.“
- Prevent prejudice. Prejudgement is ignorance dressed up as wisdom. Reflect sufficiently upon something after you get the facts.
- Seek solutions. Direct the focus of your attention and energy into promoting peace.
- Settle suspicions. If niggling doubts are interfering with your ability to have peace with someone, quiet those qualms. Seek clarity by communicating considerately.
- Urge understanding. Be open to accepting others as they are and you go a long way to understanding them. Everyone needs to be understood.
29. Last, but not least… take personal action. Join over 125K+ others. Sign the Treaty for Greater Goodwill and World Peace.
Remember, everywhere you go… BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
Wise Words About Peace
- All your strength is in your union; all danger in discord. Therefore, be at peace henceforward, and as brothers live together. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Blessed are the peacemakers. ~ Matthew 5:9
- Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace, they also undermine our health. ~ Dalai Lama
- If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~ Mother Teresa
- Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. ~ Carlos Santana
For the acronym buffs, I define PEACE as Personally Energizing All Compassionate Efforts
What Do YOU Think? Have your Say Now…
Do you think world peace is possible? If not, what will it take to make it a reality?
What do you think the world will look like when people adopt these strategies and enact them?
Please share your valued thoughts here. I look forward to your input. Thank you kindly!