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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Introduction to Peace One Day ( 2016)

#InternationalDayOfPeace: The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly… In 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. UN Background


What do the words PEACE and GRATITUDE mean to you? What role do they play in your life? On September 21st, we will celebrate both International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day. Gratitude Day was initiated at the International East-West Center in Hawaii, in 1965,  and over the years, it became an important celebration of The UN Meditation Group. While it might not have the official stamp of the UN, it is an auspicious day that works hand in hand with World Peace Day; it gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on all the things we are grateful for, and on all the ways many of our leaders bring about peaceful and positive change in the world. If there is one wish I would express about Gratitude Day, it is that we use this opportunity to do good for others, and help those in need. Our gratitude should be shared.

What about Peace? Each year, for World Peace Day, the UN picks a suitable theme that becomes the guiding principle or focus for discussions on peace; the theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”  The idea behind this year’s theme is that in order to build communities of peace globally, we must collaborate to achieve our development goals; we can’t expect peace where sustainable development is lacking. The 17 areas of  growth that the UN member nations signed/agreed to create and sustain in every nation are imperative because, when we have full development of  a people who enjoy the rewards of their economy, justice and culture,  peace is an integral aspect of that development and it will flourish. When we are fully supported by our governments to pursue our goals and contribute to our development, gratitude is an important emotion that is also expressed. Gratitude and Peace are intertwined and both can sustain our global efforts. It takes commitment, effort and an unselfish desire to see all of us lift each other up and benefit.


“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe


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. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon’s vision for cultivating global peace,UN High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace

Why is Peace Important? It is true that everyone wants peace but, only a few are willing to work passionately to protect it and ensure that others have a chance at it… We don’t  have  to be war-front heroes to support Peace for all, we can start in our homes and in our hearts. It does have to begin with each of us and our interactions with others. Even as the UN honors its selection of messengers of peace every year, we can act from that place and honor those in our midst who promote and live peacefully with others. Unless we are at peace or operate from a place of peace, we get pulled by a multitude of distracting voices; ours and others, that tell us to do this and that… Then, before we know it, our plans are derailed and off we go. If there is a quality we should own, I would reach for peace and then all the other virtues. When we  focus on things that matter to us, there is an inner peace that resonates…  so, we should make it an important part of our daily exchange. Here’s some food for thought: What trips up your peace? How can you change it?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for August  and September 2016 are:

08/01 –  2 New Moon, 5 Summer Olympics begin in Rio, 07 Friendship Day & Sisters Day, 07 International Forgiveness Day,
08/08 – 08 Peace Festival, 09 Book Lover’s Day, 09 World’s Indigenous Peoples, 12 International-Youth-Day, 13 International Lefthander’s Day, 14 Tisha B’av,
08/15 –  15 Assumption of Mary, 15 National Relaxation Day, 18 Full Moon, 18 Bad Poetry Day, 19 Nat’l Aviation Day &
World Humanitarian Day
08/22 –  22 Be An Angel Day, 22 National Tooth Fairy Day, 26 National Dog Day, 26 Women’s Equality Day, 27 Global Forgiveness Day
08/29 –  29 National Heroes’ Day, 29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day, 30 Toasted Marshmallow Day

09/05 –   Labor Day,  International Day of Charity,  8 International Literacy Day,
09/12 –  15 Day of Democracy Day,  17 Constitution Day
09/19 –  21 International Day of Peace/ World Peace Day, World Rhino Day
09/26 – National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness

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“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” Dalai Lama

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Peace One Day The Journey

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart. Lao Tzu


How does Peace and Gratitude Intertwine? This past weekend, one of my kids dropped her wallet after attending a book fair in Brooklyn. She was quite distraught, had no way to get home, and all of us were very concerned about it. Initially, she thought it was taken on the subway as people jostled each other and the opportunity arose for such an event to occur. But that was not the case. As I drove into the city to get her, we got the good news that, fortunately, a good Samaritan had found the wallet on the street and had gone through enormous effort to reach out and inform us all that it had been found. The whole family was very grateful and a steady peace settled in our hearts. Later on, my kid told me that she had missed one of the events she wanted to attend at the fair because an elderly man who was attending the fair had lost his way when they got off the subway that morning and she stopped and guided him and another elderly lady to the fair. They all walked very slowly until they got there and even though my kid is a very fast walker, the universe was reminding her to slow down yesterday and be grateful for what is… Gratitude is an active gift that we give and receive every day. As for Peace, I’d echo Dr. King’s sentiments in the first quote at the top of this page. Peace is an every day affair and when we consciously engage with others in a peaceful way, and when we see Peace as a quality in constant action, then, we can expect to see it and enjoy it everywhere. Every thing we do can be viewed through the lens of Peace and Gratitude.

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

Have a peaceful and gratitude filled week ahead!


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Positive Motivation Tip: Make peace and gratitude important tools in your daily life kit.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

33 Comments leave one →
  1. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    21/09/2019 12:04 pm

    Anyone who is blessed with peace and gratitude is blessed. Peace in life is difficult to achieve no matter how we work on it because there are just so many varied reasons for life to be chaotic.

  2. Kuntala Banerjee Bhattacharya permalink
    22/09/2019 1:17 am

    Peace is very essential in this world. I love the way you are spreading the awareness. Enmity and war should be eradicated completely.

  3. momi berlin permalink
    22/09/2019 7:37 am

    these two words are closest to my heart. i always aim for peace and as much as possible, i practice gratefulness.

  4. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    24/09/2019 3:12 am

    Peace is indeed fundamental and if we have to live in a better world, we cannot neglect the point of peace. Really appreciating the quote that ‘peace is the means by which we achieve a goal’ So powerful!


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