A Day of Peace … Well, It’s a Start


International Day of Peace Poster

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On this annual day of focus on conflict around the globe, I have some suggestions for your further attention on this and the following days of our lives:

 

GIana Consulting:  

Read Chery Gegleman’s blog series on peace by her and some special guests.  Chery has created a strong series of posts around the theme of peace.  This is not a collection of fuzzy-thinking feel-good pieces, but solid and useful observations about how we can do better.

The Arbinger Institute:  

Read The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by the Arbinger Institute.  It’s a short book in narrative form with a relatively simple message about how we interact with each other can either increase or decrease the conflict we experience.  Either way, our choice …

Reflection:

Watch this Youtube video about Peace Day and consider the presence of conflict in your personal, communal, and global lives.

Then take some quiet and protected time to consider how conflict affects us all as we live on our shared planet, and identify some ways in which you can act to reduce or eliminate conflict in your own and other’s lives.

Then act on what you have learned.

Be one of the billions thinking about, working on, and praying for peace today … and tomorrow.

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