This month’s Bloggers for Peace Challenge: Let’s visualize what a peaceful world will look like. What is your dream of peace?
As much as I love this guy, don’t worry, my vision of world peace doesn’t have Neil Patrick Harris running the show and calling the shots.
Ruler of the World would be an impossible job, unless we could all miraculously agree on some universal ideal and be okay with having that enforced until someone comes up with something better. Everyone on earth happily following all ’the rules’. But we’re human, and we all know that’s not likely going to happen. There will always be rule breakers, no matter how well-intentioned the rules may be. Some of us would get bored in a hurry and decide to stir things up. Some of us thrive on chaos.
And then we’d simply end up with a brand new mess. Have you noticed that has happened before? There are as many reasons for our lack of peace and happiness as there are individuals on this earth. We’re a very unpredictable assortment of characters, because each one of us has some inner battle to fight, insecurities and fears to face, wants and needs and goals to attain. Who wants to try to contain and control all of that? Not me, and probably not Neil Patrick Harris either, if he stops to think about it for a minute.
My dream of peace is simply that everybody tries their hardest to learn to get along. I just want all of us to stop fighting, have fun, and be happy.
And yes, I DO have some helpful hints. I’ve been a MOM, after all, and what mom doesn’t wish for that kind of blissful family life? I believe that these are some of the things we need to do to live more peacefully, teaching our children by example. And then maybe we can spread the love around and reach all the “children” of every age all over the world.
1. Love and be kind to yourself first. Be your own best friend, happy with exactly who you are. You are worthy of love and acceptance and you deserve to be here.
2. Never be afraid of what comes next. Things over which you have no control are going to happen. That’s life. You will be okay. You will probably come out a better and wiser person on the other side of it all.
3. Be grateful every day for what you already have in your life. If you’re not, what makes you think you’ll be happy with more?
4. A meaningful life is not made by becoming rich, popular, highly educated, powerful or perfect. Emptiness cannot be filled by someone else or by many possessions. Look after the spiritual you by staying real, by being strong, and by sharing yourself and touching the lives of others. Money can’t buy you love, is what I’m trying to say.
5. “People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chefs salads, with good things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” (Lemony Snicket) Be kind, respectful and tolerant of others. There is something good and worthy of love in every person you meet.
6. “We are all going to die. All of us. What a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities. We are eaten up by NOTHING.” (Charles Bukowski) Don’t get eaten up by nothing. Life is much too short to waste even a minute of it.
7. Don’t get so caught up in making a good life, dealing with life, or just floating through life that you forget to actually live it. Stop chasing better tomorrows. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and today is really all you’ve got. Make it marvelous.
8. Give unconditional love to the earth and all of its inhabitants. We are all in this together.
9. All of your ancestors are right there behind you. You are the result of the love of thousands and you are never alone.
10. “Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.” (Marianne Williamson) Breathe the air, feel the love, share the joy.
Live a full, contented and happy life. You can do it. Love and peace are all you need.