I have one wish for the world – and that is PEACE.
If it is yours too, I would implore you to take stock of your words, actions and thoughts. Do they reflect your desire, or are they a reaction to the merciless acts of violence that show no reverence for life?
I appreciate it’s easier for me on the other side of the world to not be thrown off my feet reeling with emotional despair at the loss of my childs life, BUT I would say, your child, is my child. We are a global family. I feel your pain.
Rather than ‘fighting’ for change, let’s rally together to demonstrate what we want.
As the weeks unfold and those killed in the recent Florida shooting are laid to rest, ceremonies will honor the value of that persons life.
We don’t have to know them or be there to honor them. Collectively we can create the change I believe we ALL want – a world of peace where our differences are valued for the individual value we all have. Collectively we can add value to the world rather than tearing one another apart.
If we each look into our hearts, there is, in my humble opinion just one global fundamental principle that we ALL share – and that is ‘Valuing Life.’
Use your pain, your anger, your frustration to promote what you want – not what you don’t want. Don’t get caught up in the pros and cons of guns. Keep it simple. They are not a symbol of peace. They have no place in the world. They don’t serve the meaning of life, which like the Constitution is to ‘secure the blessings of liberty’ – a condition the dictionary defines as ‘a state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s behaviour or political views.’
We all want a sense of freedom, free from fear, free to be who we are and share our gifts in the world.
In my humble opinion, we don’t need laws to govern the way we behave. Human nature is naturally kind. We know the difference between right and wrong. If you tell me to do something then I more than likely won’t! Allow me to find my way, walk alongside me and show me how to add value to my life, then I’m inspired to do so.
Sadly there are too many who suffer a lifetime of injustice – people desperate to be valued, to be heard, to be acknowledged. There are people who’ve been silenced or shut down for fear of being rebuked or ridiculed. Others have been subjected to a doctrine that stipulates there is only one way of being in order to be a valuable member of society. These are the ingredients that have fueled violent reactions and been the downfall of society.
We can create an uprising though.
If every person used ‘Valuing life’ as a a guiding principle; not a law that tells us what to do, but a principle we personally choose to adopt because it adds meaning to our own life, I believe power, greed and unethical actions would die a natural death because a shift from exclusion to inclusion will dissolve the divide.
It may sound simple – and to some, naive, but I believe, the most effective way to create peace is to act peacefully as a global collective. All this anti this and anti that is not working. We have to make a paradigm shift. Act as one family. Valuing life cannot be separated by culture, gender, race or religious differences. They are mere labels man has created to separate us. We are all human and every life is important. We are intrinsically interconnected via a universal matrix.
If we take personal responsibility for our thoughts, our words and our actions; show compassion and kindness on a daily basis – not just after an horrific event, not just when it’s International Random Acts of Kindness Day, but each and every moment of every day – the collective momentum will create a tsunami that will change the face of the world.
It’s not an ‘instant fix,’ but something I believe will help build a firm foundation for generations to come.
‘Anti’ is old school. It never has and never will transform what we don’t want into what we do want.
Be a Pro – Make a personal pledge today for Peace using the principle of valuing life as your guide.
If this resonates with you, share it far and wide with the hashtag #PledgeforPeace, and #ValueLife.
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