TOTD Topic Of The Day – Peace!

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. “Eleanor Roosevelt

                                                   
Peace
Today, I ponder on peace. On wanting peace, on making peace, on having peace, on creating peace.
I want the world to be at peace – calm, kind, caring.
I want my community to be at peace – helping, contributing, serving.
I want my workplace to be at peace – non-competitive, benevolent, supportive.
I want to be at peace – content, relaxed, at ease.
But the world, though full of abundance, is not as I wish, there is discord everywhere.
My community, though beautiful, harbours angry and resentful people.
The workplace, ever changing, is unpredictable and pressure-heavy.
I, though I try to lead with gratitude for all that I am and have, struggle to be at peace, too.
I wonder about the difference between wanting peace and having peace.
You can want a better relationship, a better car, a better house and that will not make it so. Same with peace – wanting it will not make it so. Wanting peace may produce sympathy or self-righteousness, making peace may involve empathy, forgiveness, compassion. I want to make peace.
How then, do we make more peace in our everyday interactions, in our relationships, in our workplaces, in our hearts, in our world?
Near as I can figure, we focus on what we can control. We focus on the 1000 little things that we do everyday, like:
  • One little choice we make to listen, instead of speak
  • One little touchpoint when we extend a kindness
  • One little moment of silence, amidst the chatter
  • One little smile, even if behind the mask
  • One offer of forgiveness, quite possibly to yourself
  • One decision for the greater good, instead of immediate gratification
  • One commitment to acceptance of what is
  • One opportunity to ask, instead of tell
  • One resolution to not have to be right
  • One courageous act of saying ‘no’
Sometimes, pushing for change is fabulous and sometime creating peace, internally and externally is a much better use of your energy.
What do you want to do to create more peace this week? What will you do?
Enjoy a peace song from the list below (or elsewhere) and peace out for a bit, Steph  ✌️
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Peaceful World ~ John Mellencamp

https://youtu.be/PL28-RVO0_E

Peace On Earth ~ U2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeZBOE7GfDY

Queen Of Peace ~ Florence and the Machine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeYXQ91_peg

Peace of Mind ~ Boston
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek8ejHBZ1uo

Peace ~ Hillsong Young and Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wOthRdTWm4

We Want Peace ~ Lenny Kravitz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY_ZZnp83zM

Peace Frog ~ The Doors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeQhv1OnCQw

Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) – The Flaming Lips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_uAO7lHKwQ

Rest In Peace – Richie Sambora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dY5VFYV7i4

Make Your Peace ~ INXS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRgeG5Se1Mo

Circle of Peace ~ Ziggy Marley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GBGwzpuRg4

Give Me Peace on Earth ~ Modern Talking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U01OmRJyNc

Let There Be Peace On Earth ~ Gladys Knight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF8oBdvvTVQ

Peaceful Easy Feeling ~ The Eagles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddp5QMLy8tA

Peace Of Mind ~ The Killers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkkFHyYTwNM

World Peace Is None of Your Business – Morrissey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-uOIJKEm0

Peace, Love and Understanding ~ Elvis Costello and the Attractions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssd3U_zicAI

Peace Train ~ 10000 Maniacs w Natalie Merchant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9ymhfB5nys

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