Motivation Mondays: Partnerships For Peace
“I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Did you know: People in states affected by conflict are 3 times more likely to suffer from hunger than their peers. In 2011, 28.5 million school-age children from conflict-affected countries had no access to education. The average cost of civil war is equivalent to more than 30 years of GDP growth for a medium-sized developing country.GlobalGoals.org/
What does Peace mean to you? How do you maintain a Culture of PEACE? Today is International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day! This year, the United Nations Organization’s theme to commemorate peace is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” It aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. We can join forces with our global messengers of peace by living peacefully with our neighbors, supporting peaceful work environments, and teaching our children the importance of peace in our households and globally. Peace is a concept that we can all relate to because it is a concept that holds communities, relationships, and even companies together. Without peaceful co-existence and peace efforts, we would live in anarchy. Without it, we’d all be back in the dark ages fighting for survival and treating each other as enemies. Peace is imperative and our motivation to maintain peace must begin within each of us. We cannot envision a peaceful world if we encourage or tolerate acts of violence against others. We cannot live in peace if we allow our homes, neighborhoods or workplaces to degenerate into factions and fractious spaces. We must develop a culture of peace and live it in our daily lives. Peace must start with everyone; each of us can practice peace in our sphere of influence and spread the word.
A Story: The Sound Of One Hand Clapping
A Zen monk named Ichhi labored his whole life in the kitchen of the great monastery at Lake Hakkone. He deemed himself a failed monk because he had been assigned the koan of “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” since his earliest days in the congregation and had never been able to solve it. It was now fifty-five years of seeming failure, and he was nearing the end of his lifetime. But as he lay dying he suddenly realized that he cradled a great peace in his soul. Gone was the striving for enlightenment, gone was the stridency of his loins, and gone was the haunting koan — for he had found the stillness of no longer striving, in this exquisite silence alone in the attic, in the soft dark at the end of his life. It was only then, when there remained no more questions nor need for answers (or even the need for breathing), that Ichhi heard at last the whooshing silence of one hand clapping. Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb
“For seventy years, our message has been the same. Peace must be built in the minds of women and men, on the basis of human rights and dignity, through cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. Solidarity and dialogue are the strongest foundations for peace, guided by equality, respect and mutual understanding.” Irina Borkova, Director-General of UNESCO
Introduction to Peace One Day – Peace Day 2015
What are you doing to make sure that peace prevails around you? On this 33rd celebration of International Day of Peace, we are still dealing with acts of violence, refugees, and skirmishes globally. We are still at war around the world. According to the organization, Peace One Day, 610 million people around the world are aware of this special day so, please join hands with those near you and continue to build bonds of peace. Share this news and spread the word. Imagine a world without peace and then remember how invaluable this message is. The United Nations Organization established International Peace Day in 1981 by issuing a resolution (36/67PDF), to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly sessions; a time that brings world leaders together to discuss issues that impact us globally. The first one was celebrated on September 21, 1982 and it remains a popular day of reflection and discussion. In 2001, the General Assembly voted to designate September 21 as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
If you’ve ever been exposed to war or disharmony, you would know that peace is worth fighting for. At one point in my life, I lived in a war zone, and each day was fraught with danger and events that could have cost all of us our lives. We lost out on 2-3 years of schooling and had to move from one location to another to avoid becoming victims of war. Even though I wasn’t a refugee because our movement ended in my father’s village, many others weren’t as fortunate. Many families lost their homes, their land and their loved ones in the war and the scars remain embedded in our collective psyches till this day. War is never a solution. Peace is Imperative.
A Story: The Man and The Mountain
One day, a man beheld through the opening of a cloud, the calm face of the mountain. He stopped every passer-by, that would stay to give an answer, and inquired of the way that would lead him beyond the mists. Some said take this path, and others said take that path. After many days of confusion and toil, he arrived among the hills. A man, full in years, wise in the ways of the hills, said, “I know the way. You cannot reach the mountain, O friend, unless you are strengthened by the power that comes from the adoration of the image in yonder shrine.”
Many days passed in peaceful worship. Tired of worship, he asked of men that seemed great with understanding. “Yea,” said one, “I know the way. But if you would gain the fulfillment of your desire, carry this on you. It will uphold you in your weariness.” He gave him the symbol of his struggle. Another cried, “Yea, I know the way. But many days of contemplation must be passed in the seclusion of a sanctuary, with my picture of eternity.” “I know the way,” said another, “But you must perform these rites, understand these hidden laws, you must enter the association of the elect and hold fast to the knowledge that we shall give you.” “Be loud in the song of praise of the reflection that you seek,” said another. “Come, follow me, obeying all things I say. I know the way,” cried another. Eventually, the calm face of the mountain was utterly forgotten. Now he wanders from hill to hill, crying aloud, “Yes, I know the way, but…”
There is a mountain, far beyond the plains and hills, whose great summit overlooks the dark valley and the open seas. Neither cloud nor deep mists ever hide its calm face. It is above the shadows of day and night. From the vast plain, no man can behold it. Some have seen it but there be few that have reached its feet. One in many thousand years gathers his strength and gains that abode of eternity.
I speak of that mountain top, serene, infinite, beyond thought. I shout for joy! J. Krishnamurti via Goodweb
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for August and September are:
08/03 – TIME
08/10 – CONTROL
08/17 – PURPOSE
08/24 – FAILURE
08/31 – HOPE
09/07 – LABOR & LITERACY
09/14 – POSITIVE THINKING
09/21 – PEACE/INTERNATIONAL PEACE
09/28 – GOOD NEIGHBORS/GOODWILL
“There can be no sustainable development without peace, and no peace without sustainable development. Peace, justice, and sustainable development are all mutually reinforcing…”Peter Yeo, GlobalGoals.org/
“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” Robert F. Kennedy
Today is International Day of Peace. What are you doing to maintain peace in your life, community, workplace, home, relationships and/or globally? On this International Peace Day which marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can all make an extra effort to be part of the solution wherever we live in the world. Even as I write this post, war rages in some parts of our globe. We can all sit back and pretend it has no impact on our lives but, it will some day. When wars rage, people leave and become refugees elsewhere. They carry their pain and grief with them and some want revenge. Over time, those warring factions develop allies and new enemies and the narrative of violence and warring is carried forward in the interactions we have with one another. Seeking and supporting global peace is not a fantasy but a necessary reality. We owe our children a world where people are at peace with one another. As we spend our evenings enjoying our food with loved ones, let us not forget to express our gratitude for what is, maintain a peace vigil, and do our part to ensure that peace is part of our discussions and actions. – Come back later for some stories of wisdom and peace. Thank you!
Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann via Yuni.org
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others you may be become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortune of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you from what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself, especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture the strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann
Positive Motivation Tip: Peace is what unites us all and we can practice it every day in small and large ways… Embrace PEACE
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Desiderati via Yuni.com, Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb All Photos: Peace day Poster via UNO, World flags via GlobalGoal, International Peace Symbol via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.