Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace

“Peace is more than the end of armed conflict. Peace is a mode of behavior.” It is a “deep rooted commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, equality and solidarity among all.”  Yamoussoukro Declaration

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace - UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki-Moon speaks

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace – UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki-Moon speaks

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN – High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, Opening session (Video)
Remarks: By H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations at the Opening session of the High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace.

The Culture Of Peace: 25 years ago, in Yamoussoukro, capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the concept of a global culture of peace was initiated by the UNESCO-supported International Congress of Peace. UNESCO declared that peace must be “nurtured through the dignity, rights and capacities of every man and woman.” Today, at the UN High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon outlined his vision for cultivating peace around the world. He reminded us that:
Peace should be a fundamental way of interacting with each other on our planet.
Peace means equal (including girls/women) access to education, health and other key services.

Peace means giving all of us freedom of choice – the chance to live as we choose.
Peace means tolerance, respect and mutual understanding amongst nations.
Peace means “developing sustainably and protecting the planet’s biodiversity.”
Peace means cultural literacy and diplomacy between nations.
Peace means holding a common vision for peace, development and human rights; a “universal aspiration for a meaningful culture of peace.”
Peace means the eradication of poverty, the implementation of sustainable development, human rights, and a sense of shared destiny.

In our global community, we might start out as strangers but, in our hearts, if we stop to consider our shared humanity, we are one family. From a peace perspective, we can support each other to develop and share creativity and innovative ideas. We can choose to live peaceably. However, it a choice and we can only achieve this belief through the lens of love, tolerance and peace.

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” From UNESCO’s Constitution

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace - Peace Written in Hebrew, Arabic and English

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace – Peace Written in Hebrew, Arabic and English

The meeting, which is ongoing, had many high level peace activists, including Nobel Peace prize recipient, Leymah Gbowee, in attendance. Key speakers reiterated resolutions, declarations, and important points,  on the Culture Of Peace, taken from previous general assembly gatherings. To get updates on the key issues that were discussed today, visit UN Web TV for more information. These are difficult times for many of us around the world. We live in a global community at war with each other; it is a war on humanity.

When we talk about war, we must remember that war is not only fought in the battlefield. It is fought through oppressive methods that include poverty, lack of education, environmental abuses, poor governing, denial of fundamental rights, religious and ethnic intolerance, and a laundry list of other atrocities. We can put a stop to these fractious wars by uniting in peace – it begins in our homes and the messages we teach our children. If we are to leave a legacy of peace for our children, our interactions with others must begin from a place of love, tolerance and truth. Where do you stand on the subject of peace? How are you fostering peace in your home and community?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure…

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure Abroad

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure Abroad

When was the last time you observed a toddler at play? What did you notice? When they start to crawl, they explore everything in their path. They delight in picking things apart, pulling things down, discovering things in their surroundings and squealing with joy when a toy does something new and different. That joy is what feeds our spirit of adventure. It is what we sometimes call Beginners Mind; our ability to be open to experiences and see things in a new light. Without a bit of curiosity about life, we stagnate. Wake up in the morning, venture outside and explore places you’ve been too busy to visit. Each photo shared here is the result of an adventure; an exciting outing that produced new things to do, see, and enjoy. It doesn’t have to be dangerous or extreme. You choose.

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” Andre Gide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In the US  and countryside

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In the US and global countryside

When was the last time you took a walk or drive to a new place? What stops you from trying? I live in an area that has trails, hiking paths, rivers, lakes, expansive landscapes, and many opportunities to be outside and see art in all sorts of places. By now, if you visit this blog often, you know I’m a fan of art installations. Why? I love the idea of seeing huge, unusual artwork placed in unlikely places. I call them art from the museum of the street. Each time I come across one, it gives my mind a mental boost; I get to think about what’s in front of me and delight in the effort that went into creating it. Pick a path in your city, town, village and explore it to your heart’s content. Don’t judge or create expectations on the path.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In NYC

Are you living the life of your dreams? What is your excuse? I can’t stress enough how educational and enlightening travel is as a way to expand our life experiences. You don’t have to leave your country, although I would highly recommend it, you can begin with your state and neighboring states. You don’t have to spend a ton of money either. Even a trip to a local museum can take you on a fantastic journey into the past. A painting can transport you to a fascinating landscape that could trigger a desire to visit the place of origin. We don’t have to win the lottery to live our dreams; start where you are and create new experiences that will help sustain your spirit of adventure. Go do it!

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure  This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!

Positive Motivation Tip: Maintain an open, beginners mind and see the world around you in a new, adventurous light. Embrace it with joy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul

“If haiku is the sashimi of poetry, tanka is its heartier hand roll cousin.” Ben Huberman

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul - 10 Healing Symbols

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul – 10 Healing Symbols

disease comes calling
Seeps through tissues, organs, bones
Hands raised in prayer…
Answers found, test-tube culture
Tanka from a grateful soul

On hospital beds
The terminal and the “well”
All one step from death…
A doctor’s smile, a grimace
Each offers a doorway home

All of life is ephemeral. We come to truly understand that statement when we or someone we love is battling a life threatening illness. It is for that reason that the sages and wise ones advice us to live our lives with grace and gratitude. Take a moment to make someone happy. Take the time to hug your loved ones and smell the fresh air around you. All around us are new and ancient symbols that lift us up or bring us down. Embrace those that lift you and heal you. Stop and take in the symbols in your space. What symbols are in your surroundings? Add some light. Find things that add joy to your space. Share and be grateful for them.

Some of us never stop to look around us or take a moment to digest things. Why the rush? What do we think would happen if we stopped for a moment and spent some time in silence, in prayer or meditation? We rush to shut others out, bring some in, secure our temporary hold on XYZ. In the end, what matters is the love and goodwill we shared with others… I’ve created a collage of healing symbols above. Stop, inhale, and take a look at them. What’s your rush?

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