Peace has been on my mind a lot lately.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.~ Albert Einstein
For as long as I can remember, peace has pulled at me like a moth to light. My family role was the elder child attempting to diffuse tense family dynamics by being the good son, good student, good listener, good employee, etc. You get the idea. I even helped broker my parents divorce settlement!
Even though I was too young to join the marches and love-ins, I felt strongly aligned with the 60’s peace movement against the War in Vietnam. I had peace signs and posters around my room and felt like a peacenik. I was a hippie at heart, but too young and conformist to express it completely.
Throughout my life, I’ve aligned with the underdog and abhor violence and conflict. I usually avoid confrontation and have backed down in situations that I might have handled better by standing up for myself.
I am delighted to learn about an organization called The Peace Alliance.
They are working to create a more cohesive and coordinated culture of peace in the United States. They are even promoting a bill to create a US Department of Peacebuilding. I believe this is a huge step and potential game changer to be aligned with peace. Maybe our seeds of peace are starting to sprout in the mass consciousness. I’ve joined this group and encourage you to consider supporting them too.
Take Action! Tell Congress to get behind H.R. 808, legislation to establish a U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding.
Locally, we even have a local shelter named Peace at Home! It is a shelter for victims of family violence with many services to help support and empower people to create better lives.
Connecting my passions for writing and peace, I recently joined a group called bloggers for peace.
You may have noticed my new blog theme and colors along with their logo. I resonate with this group who are dedicating their blogs to peace as a way to help spread the message of peace around the world.
If you’d like to help spread the word or join, here are their requests:
- Write or blog about peace at least once a month
- Add the Bloggers for Peace badge on your site
- Put instructions for joining and tag your post “B4Peace”
- Link to other Bloggers for Peace