It has been almost a year since my last post. Why? Well, work + life got in the way to my blog posts. Essentially, I was hired full-time as a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator – and had to take a step back from the blog world. However, a year later – and I feel the online community is calling me back – including my passion to share stories that engage – and inspire community participation!
I should tell you – since February 2013, I have been involved in a GLOBAL effort to organize a world nonviolent march for peace and unity. It has been quite the adventure! I have met people from around the world through Facebook. Although, I have a hate/love relationship with the site – it has been monumental in spreading the news about the Global March for Peace and Unity(Event date – September 21, 2013). Social media – when used for a global initiative like you know, world peace – increases the possibilities for positive change to actually take place. Sometimes I joke with my friends and say, “if I am the only one walking down the street with a peace sign – I will do it”. I am ready to be a NUT for peace. Or rather, I believe I am already a nut! But, it doesn’t look like I will be the only one. There are already 300+ attendants at the Toronto march. And the number keeps growing!
Ha, my mind went a long time ago. But, this initiative has been incredibly overwhelming, loving, and challenging. One of my greatest challenges – is assessing my own behaviors – and making sure they remain ‘peaceful’. Well, I think the main thing to address – is that I am not perfect. Non of us are. My actions haven’t been always ‘peaceful’ – and this march has really made me look into myself – and examine the effect of my ‘not so peaceful’ actions have on other people.
With that being said – this march isn’t about creating an utopia ‘peaceful’ world but rather striving towards considering how our actions affect those around us- and how we can apply kindness and compassion even in moments of chaos, hurt, sadness…
I think ‘peace’ has many layers – and to achieve ‘peace’ is not something that can be overnight. I find that much of the inability to achieve peace has to do more with our interpersonal relationships we have with each other – and the relationship we have with ourselves.
First, love yourself – then you can find ways to love others. Talk with someone about your concerns, let your conversation remain constructive and address the concern with kindness and compassion. Easier said then done! Sometimes, you have to go through several life lessons to get to this point – like I have now.
I truly believe that peace first begins with us. Inner peace will lead to ‘outer’ peace. But, it must be active – and we must work on it everyday! Pretty challenging when you live in a world of 7.1 Billion People! So, start with your neighbor, friend, mother, sister…ect. Talk about the way we can overcome our personal challenges in order to build a sustainable, peaceful world. Yes, this includes dabbling in the political…but, that also means you have that many more people to share creative ideas on ways peace can be achieved.
I also believe peace is connected to access – that is access to education, health, water, food, and opportunity. There are institutions in place that ensure access – yet, there are still millions across the globe that suffer from hunger and poverty. Equal distribution – and equitable access to resources will ensure our human family has what it needs for survival. Of course, this issue goes so much deeper – and is very interconnected with existing institutions, class systems, globalization, and social status. I hope to use this space to demonstrate how communities, from the local to the global, are working together to overcome poverty and social barriers.
Please unite with GMPU, for one day. Demonstrate your commitment to peace. Show that ‘we’ can RISE UP FOR PEACE.
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