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driving peace

Just a quick thought for the day: It’s a trap to think that peace is a static state. I believe that it must be a conscious act, manifesting itself in how you drive your car, for example. (laughs at self). Or, in how you look into the eyes of the cashier, and make that extra effort to ask them “How’s it goin’?”.

Often it is an active struggle. Our own personal histories and present conflicts challenge us. Peace can be recognizing your sorrow. Peace can be celebrating your joy.

Let’s bring it down to earth. Lao Tse said it best:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.

If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

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I’m currently reading (among other things – I tend to read multiple books at once, not to mention all the stuff online…) Giving, by former president Bill Clinton. I’ve only begun, but thought the following was an appropriate assessment of our current human condition:

“The modern world, for all its blessings, is unequal, unstable, and unsustainable. And so the great mission of the early twenty-first century is to move our neighborhoods, our nation, and the world toward integrated communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and a shared sense of genuine belonging, based on the essence of every successful community: that our common humanity is more important than our interesting differences.”

I am inspired, as we begin this new year (as recognized in this culture ; ) that we have set forth such a grand plan for Peace Fest 08, that we have so many giving people of so many talents involved, and that the ultimate result of all of our efforts will be a giant, 3-day GIFT to all involved, and to the recipients of the services of our supported organizations.

August will be here sooner than we think!

Cotton Thorne

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