29 Ways To Perpetuate Peace

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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.

What can you do to perpetuate peace?

What can you do to perpetuate 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?

There are many ways to promote peace.

There are many 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Activate accord. Many disagreements come from misunderstanding the intentions of others. Establishing harmony with others keeps you in concert with them.
  3. Advance amnesty. Transcend past grievances by extending the proverbial ‘olive branch’ NOW.
  4. Advocate Amity. Be the voice of reason when it comes to arguments and misunderstandings. Be a happy harmonizer. Foster amicable agreements.
  5. Alleviate affliction. One trait of wise people is that they keep the genuine welfare and concern of others at heart.
  6. Amplify awareness. Mindfulness, sensibility and sensitivity all lead to understanding, which are prerequisites for peace.
  7. 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.
  8. Bestow blessings. Give gifts that money can’t buy. Generously offer compassion and kindness.
  9. 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.
  10. Champion conciliation. As you may surmise, this is the precursor to reconciliation. Do all you can you win others over.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Convey compassion. Stop suffering. Be merciful to others. Extend compassion to them for their failings. Who hasn’t made mistakes?
  14. Create coalitions. Forging the bonds of friendship and establishing great rapport takes time, but every moment spent on this step strengthens relationships.
  15. Create concord. Develop and follow personal principles that lead to agreement.
  16. Cultivate cooperation. As Thomas Merton said, “No man is an island.” That’s why it takes co-operation.
  17. Diffuse dissensions. Dial down the animosity button. Quit quarrelling. Instead, ratchet up LOVE. Raise receptivity.
  18. Dispel doubts. Since doubts are the cause of mistrust, resolving them leads to the hope of peace.
  19. Exercise empathy. Be sensitive. Pick up on the hurts and injuries of others. Be there for them.
  20. 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.
  21. Foster friendships. If you missed it, I encourage you to read my previous post, The Fine Art of Fostering Friendships.
  22. Judge justly. If you’ve ever been unfairly accused, castigated, criticized, you know the wrongness of it.
  23. 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.
  24. Love liberally. I have said before, “When all you have in your heart is love, you are aware that it is enough.
  25. Prevent prejudice. Prejudgement is ignorance dressed up as wisdom. Reflect sufficiently upon something after you get the facts.
  26. Seek solutions. Direct the focus of your attention and energy into promoting peace.
  27. Settle suspicions. If niggling doubts are interfering with your ability to have peace with someone, quiet those qualms. Seek clarity by communicating considerately.
  28. 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

  1. All your strength is in your union; all danger in discord. Therefore, be at peace henceforward, and as brothers live together. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Blessed are the peacemakers. ~ Matthew 5:9
  3. Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace, they also undermine our health. ~ Dalai Lama
  4. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~ Mother Teresa
  5. Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. 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!

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About Bill Butler

William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
William often goes by “Bill” and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

23 thoughts on “29 Ways To Perpetuate Peace

  1. Hi Bill,

    I don’t know about “world peace” but one thing for sure, with these action tips, peace within our own world is definitely possible just as Mother Teresa said.

    But then, if we all take responsibility to make our own worlds peaceful, the world peace seems like a mission that can be accomplished 🙂

    Thank you for sharing these awesome tips on peace today! Have a great week!

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    • Hi Kumar,
      I think the collective consciousness of hearts enjoined in the peace process can make it possible.
      It may require divine intervention, but I think it must be possible.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Habe a great week too, especially as you celebrate Holi!

  2. Hi Bill,

    I do believe that living and acting peacefully, brings peace to the world. I remember watching something about Mother Theresa on TV….she did one thing…she was shopping and purchased one shirt for one child. Watching her in deep focus doing this, with all her heart and soul really had an impact on me. Doing one good deed for one person is very powerful.

    So lets take that to the next level. Having all you said above (which by the way is wonderful and expels any “excuses” ) We do have the power to open our hearts and live in peace.

    Maybe it is a little easy for me to do because I am Christian and follow Jesus. Since I was a kid, it was instilled in me to “walk in his footsteps” ask myself “what would Jesus do” and I have lived my life that way. He came here for one thing only…love.

    So, emulating that behavior, I do catch myself if I have doubt, fear, envy, jealousy, or any other kind of destructive thinking. Hey I’m Catholic, so if that happens I have to run to a priest and ask God for mercy.

    So bottom line Bill, is that I try to walk that path, when I slip and fall, I have to do something about that. My life is peaceful and I do believe that through my actions, others can feel that too. This is how I feel I can create peace, one step at a time.

    Would it reach the world? I don’t know. But it can reach my world and everyone I encounter.

    Thanks once again for a terrific post!


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    • Hi Donna,
      I think having a solid upbringing, such as you’ve had, has definitely contributed to the person you are today. That your folks thought such values as love and peace are important is a testament to them. We have all slipped and fallen, but it is usually faith that sustains us overall, isn’t it?

      Being peaceful is a choice, and one that can make a difference in as many lives as you reach. Thanks for being here.

      Warm Regards,

  3. Hi Bill,

    I do honestly believe that there could be world peace if we all had that in our hearts. I know that some religions think a certain way and it’s more towards violence so there would have to be a lot of change in this world in order to achieve that.

    For the most part though it all starts with us and how we can help others move along in the same direction.

    For the most part I think I do a decent job of walking the talk but like everyone we all slip and fall from time to time. Work in progress but I think it’s a great start.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and as always you give us plenty to think about.

    Enjoy your week.

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    • Hi Adrienne,
      I agree with you, but that’s a pretty big IF (if we all had it in our hearts), isn’t it?
      There certainly is no shortage of work that is needed on many fronts to have peace. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a media outlet dedicated for reporting only peaceful events? Yes, we all fail from time to time, but with our heart intention set on peace, I think it is possible.

      You’re very welcome Adrienne. I value your input. Have a great week!! 🙂

  4. Hi Bill,

    I think that Mother Theresa’s words are spot on, the more we love our family the more likely we will raise people that will turn out to be good versus bad. And more good people equal a better and more peaceful planet.

    I was just reading about meditating more about world peace and sending good energy is also a good thing to do.

    Thank you for doing your part in bringing some peace into the world by writing this.
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    • Hi Sylviane,
      Love certainly affords peace. I agree that being raised in such an environment is very important, especially for future generations.
      I meditate on love and peace all the time. It keeps the intention of the heart on track.

      Thanks for doing your part too. We all have a role to play. I appreciate your comments.

  5. What a powerful post, Bill! If everyone read this the world would truly be a better place. So rarely is peace the preferred solution.

    My daughters go to a Quaker school where peace is taken very seriously. Peace & Justice is a required class. Thank you for taking peace seriously, Bill.
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    • Hi Carolyn,
      Thank you for that. Awareness and understanding of others goes a long to creating conditions for peace. It is my hope that more people will consider it.
      I appreciate you sharing more about yourself. You’re certainly doing your part. 🙂 What would happen if everyone took a Peace and Justice course?
      You’re very welcome Carolyn. Thank you too!

  6. Hi Bill

    You seem to be a poet!! the alliteration of this post has bowled me over! Is this an article or a poem…I am still wondering!

    Peace…yes it begins with us and I am pleased to read the intensity of your positivity. I wish more people could think about this, I wish more could read this and how I yearn for a peace loving human race!

    I know your wishful thinking is reaching a lot of right-minded people…I hope it disseminates further and first of all let all homes become peaceful, which would wipe out the cruelty of discrimination and exploitation, which will bring social justice and equality…no female in any part of the world will be deprived of her rights and no girl child would have to be the victim of infanticide.

    I know we can ‘amplify awareness’…and adopt all those wonderful ways but we alone may not be enough. Thanks for sharing such austere thoughts.
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    • Hello Balroop,
      Welcome back! Well, yes, I’m a poet and songwriter too, but the alliteration is often part of my blog writing style.
      I, too, wish more people would engage in the principles and practices that lead to peace. I enjoin your yearning for the same goal.

      You’ve outlined a number of social justice issues that I am concerned with. Crime is eliminated when the opportunity is removed.
      In like manner, peace can be achieved when unnecessary suffering being inflicted on innocent souls is put to an end.

      We, alone, may not be enough… but many of us banded together have the power and potential to be an unstoppable force for good.

      Thanks so much for sharing your important perspective on peace. It stirs me up even more.

  7. William- You amaze me with your posts and how thoughtful they are. I also enjoyed your previous posts about shoes. I don’t know about “world peace” but I feel we can find peace within ourselves that will radiate to others. Living a more kinder life. It boils down to loving one another and accepting of all.

    • Hi Arleen,
      I appreciate the support. 🙂 I think you’ve got it right… the more we have peace within ourselves, the more we are purposely kind, accepting and understanding of others, the more peace there will be in the world. It really does begin with each of us and is a personal responsibility. Many thanks for those kind words. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  8. Hey Bill,

    World peace starts with us! Once we put this to action then we will definitely see a change for the better. I’ve been watching a lot of videos on spirituality lately and one thing I got from them is that our goal is to connect and engage our higher self. Once we reach that, then we will become ‘peace’.

    One thing i struggle with in the list are numbers 19 and 22. Sometimes I could be quick to judge unjustly and can be a little empathetic. It takes someone else to always try to get to look at their perspective. I’ve been getting better at it a lot lately but there’s always room for improvement!

    Thanks for sharing Bill!

    • Hey Sherman,
      Thanks for your comment. I rescued it from spam.

      True enough. World peace begins within. The topic of ‘spiritual intelligence’ is about our higher self, that place of being where love and peace, and the higher good of others is at the heart of who we are. I think the greatest learning we do is in recognizing those things we struggle with. As we learn and grow to be better, the more peace we have within, and therefore, more to offer.

      I appreciate you!

  9. While I do believe in the power of one person, I am not sure whether that is good enough (when you look at it time wise, that is).

    One person can make a difference, but it takes a long time (which is okay, but if we are fighting for a cause that affects others, especially others who are suffering in this world, it’s best to try and save time…In that case, what we should do, is get more people to act).

    As for world peace, it begins with family and then school (I remember, when studying about American Indians….their society was described as peaceful and harmonious).

    Many of the ‘evil’ ideas in this world are taught…no one is born a racist, right?

    (The problem itself is trying to teach these things…some time people who are against issues like racism do go a little overboard….Respond, not react. We have to try and stay objective as much as possible).

    One of my long term goals is world peace…I may not be able to achieve it, but I will try my best 😀 Hopefully, I will be able to do it!

    Thank you for sharing this, Bill 😀
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    • Hi Jeevan,
      Welcome back! 🙂 I agree with you. Activism in the area of peace initiatives, and public awareness of social justice issues are important elements if contributing to lasting peace. I think we all have a personal responsibility, which when the majority of people come to that realization, then the collective consciousness or the collective soul of humanity will be restored to a state of harmony.

      You’re right. Nobody is born a racist, a bigot, an aggressor. Thanks for having a peace loving heart. I appreciate you! 🙂
      You’re very welcome Jeevan. Together, we can all make a difference.

      I wish you a Happy Holi 🙂

  10. I don’t necessarily know if world peace can be accomplished in my lifetime, but I sure can surround myself with peace and love. I would hope that will spread to those around me and hopefully spread further as each of us embrace it.
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    • Hi Becc,
      I don’t know either, especially with wars, rumors of wars, and skirmishes on every front. But I think pursuing peace and enacting personal principles that promote peace are worthy aims. I agree with your last statement. We can all hope for the ripple or the trickle down effect.

      All the best!

  11. Hi Bill,

    Nice Share! You are absolutely right about the point “Peace begins with you”. I also think its more important to believe in your goals, you should love what your doing, and striving for balance in your life will all help to perpetuate more peace, energy, joy, and passion in your life.
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    • Hi Noel,
      I think peace begins as an intention of the heart, and the strength of that intention is lived out in accordance with ones core values and purpose.
      I appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you!
      Kind Regards,

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