"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past." ~ Tryon Edwards
My introduction to war seared its horrible way into my life early on like many of you. Inside of my trembling, small self, ignited a dream for Peace that has simmered throughout all my years. I want to kindle my Dream for Peace in 2010 with your help, so that we can form a nucleus that will permeate the Middle East and grant ours and our following generations the experience that I knew Life intended - Lasting Peace.
This is an appeal to your truest, brightest, strongest, most real and most right nature. I want to ask each of you to step up and affirm Peace, and here are some of my ideas about Peace.
Non-Violence is what I am seeking, following my role model for non-violence, Mohandas Gandhi, human rights activists, who inspired movements for civil rights across the world. Gandhi said that "an error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Gandhi also said that "as human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves." I have seen his non-violent method working and I am going to suggest a non-violent method to bring peace, empowerment, tolerance and greater understanding to our country as well with The Vow of Non-Violence in 2010.
This is not a far-flung, empty dream nor an impossible task. It's an opportunity for you to Be the Change by Being the Peace each desires for growing peace here and now.
Peace In My Thoughts
Peace means harmony within myself, with my sense of a Higher Power, and with mankind. Notice how it begins within you and radiates forth? Your mentality is a sentinel that tells you when you are not at peace by making you feel uncomfortable. Because thinking is the basis from which all actions begin, in governing our thoughts, and in desiring that all that we think, all that we speak, and all that we do reflect the peace each strongly desires, we will eventually generate peace in our region.
Watch for angry flare ups. Don't seek revenge. Don't consider war a solution. Abhor violenc. Recognize the face of fear. Don't be contentious, seeking conflict or strife.
Peace in My Speech
Since you are already observing like a great sentinel angel the thoughts that you think to be sure they are peaceful thoughts, you can add the next layer by governing the words you speak. If you say something non-peaceful, something angry, violent, or revengeful, stop immediately and take back those words. Say something like "Oh, that is not what I meant to say. I take it back. What I meant to say was ....."
Do some dictionary work. Look up synonyms for the words peace and non-violence. Deliberately weave these new words into your dialog. Foster a more loving manner of addressing your closest friends and relatives first, and then use your newly strengthened, more peaceful vocabulary with your office mates, and lastly with total strangers. You will refine your style with usage.
Peace In My Actions
Working to achieve peace in your mind and your words, the next step is working toward peaceful actions. St. Paul addresses these kinds of actions using the words adultery, lasciviousness, idolatry, hatred, variance, wrath, strife, envyings, murders, and drunkenness. Can you imagine a peaceful individual hitting another? St. Paul says that our nature manifests forth as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and these are the actions of Peace. You may not be a bible devotee, but you cannot decry the truth of his perspective.
I Want You to Take Action Now
Take the Vow of Non-Violence in 2010 in your thoughts, your speech and your actions. Become part of the silent, invisible nucleus who fosters the growth of Peace for the Middle East, from the inside, out.
Share your vow with me for this year at Maria@mariakhalife.com . I am open to receiving suggestions for ways to strengthen this movement, ways to support one another and share our ideas.
Let's make this the most practical, most useful, most far-reaching New Year's Resolution we ever make.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. ~ Vince Gill