I was asked by MCV Egan to participate in a Peace Blitz as part of her commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the air crash of the G-AESY, the British second world war plane which came down in Denmark in 1939 in mysterious circumstances. This crash is the subject of her book, The Bridge of Deaths. Below the post, you will find the list of bloggers participating in this Blitz, as well as a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway.
The subject of world peace has always seemed a little too final-question-in-the-Miss-Universe-pageant to me, particularly because it deals with a pie-in-the-sky concept that is, to my jaded authorly disposition, fully unattainable. We will never have world peace. We will never all get along. The world, in all its wonderful variety and differentiation, will never mesh harmoniously into a Kumbaya crescendo.
Are you depressed yet?
You would think that, as a mother, I would wish for nothing more than world peace and harmony. And, in a way, I do. But I wish it in the same way that I wish to win the lottery, a sort of wouldn’t it be nice if it happened (but I know it really won’t) way. What I wish for, most of all, is for inner peace.
If we all had inner peace, I believe world peace would be a much more realistic concept.
The problem with the idea of world peace is that it deals with the external circumstances: the bullets, the abuse, the broken promises, the venomous rhetoric, the evil. No one ever asks themselves why these things exist in the first place.
Strife begins from within.
Think about it for a minute. Think back to the days when you have been happiest, when you have been most at ease. Those are the days when your inner peace levels were at their apex. On those days, your interactions are positive, your acceptance of others heightened. Rather than grimacing and rolling your eyes at the idiosyncrasies of those around you, you smiled. Rather than attempting to change things to suit your thwarted needs, you rolled with the punches.
Those who start and continue wars, as small or big as they may be, are filled with inner strife and personal hate. When you hate what you see in the mirror, that hate will reflect itself not only on what you see, but also on those who see you. If that hates gets big enough, and you have enough power, you eventually choose to inflict your inner pain on others. Do that enough, and you have war. War begets war. And that’s how we find ourselves where we are now.
World peace starts with inner peace. Look at yourself long and hard in the mirror. Accept what you see, warts and all. Understand that raging against yourself is akin to screaming into the wind–largely ineffective, and only guaranteed to aggravate you. Consider your circumstances. Accept what you have been given. If you are displeased with it, rail not–instead, aim to become better. A mind in pursuit of greater things has no time for petty negativity. Eliminate the enemy of peace at the root, and peace has a greater chance of surviving the dawn.
Who else is blogging on this one-day Peace Blitz? Check ‘em out:
A Piece of Peace
Anne Chaconas, Writer
Book mews and tattle tails
B o o k s 4 T o m o r r o w
Close Encounters with the Night Kind
Devoted Mommy of 3
Diary of a Writer in Progress
Get Lenin by Robert Craven
Heaven’s Garden Productions
Hope With Change
Joseph D. Smith
Lift You Up
Mallory Heart Reviews
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
Opus ‘N’ Pen
Pavarti K Tyler at Fighting Monkey Press
R. Russell Bittner
Rise of the Vampire
Simple Clockwork by Nancy Cudis
Tela Wallen Fiction
The Author Zackary Richards
The Bridge of Deaths
The Persecutio of Mildred Dunlap
The story of a girl…
Think in ink
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