“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” John F. Kennedy
#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
Thou wilt keep him in PERFECT PEACE, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 KJV
When will we know true peace? Only when we experience the pain of others as ours, only when our hearts beat for comforting others when they are in pain… Mata Amritanandamayi
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. Michelle Obama
World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace: Today, September 21, is both an important and auspicious day because 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. In our current climate of living during a global pandemic with strife and unrest as part of the equation, we need peace and gratitude more than ever. Where there is peace, gratitude flows, and vise versa. While Gratitude Day might not have the official stamp of the UN, it is a special day that compliments 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 I had three wishes for Gratitude Day, it would be that we use it as an opportunity to express gratitude for the good in our lives, show kindness and compassion to others, and help those in need. Our gratitude should be expressed and shared.
What about the International Day of Peace? Each year, for International Peace Day, the UN picks a suitable theme that becomes the guiding principle and the focus for discussions on peace; the theme for 2020 is Shaping Peace Together. The idea behind this year’s theme is that the current global Covid19 pandemic has brought a greater awareness around the world that we must work together to fight this virulent enemy and bring an end to wars and strife. As the UN pointed out, “our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security, and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.” If we are to survive this global pandemic, we must come together as nations and stand with the UN to prevent the use of the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. We must do our part by teaching our children to be grateful and to choose peace over war. Standing up for injustice, speaking out again all forms of oppression, and serving our fellow man/woman are actions that propel us int the direction of world peace and gratitude. As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech, “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.” We must heed this advice as our planet struggles to find its footing under our current conditions.
In the UN video above, they are holding a virtual event on the theme “Shaping Peace Together.” It will be a dialogue between UN Messengers of Peace and young people around the world. They will discuss the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire as well as the importance of everyone working together peacefully to fight COVID-19. Join in!
I Dream A World by Langston Hughes (Peace Poem)via allpoetry.com
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!
My Work is Loving the World by Mary Oliver (Gratitude Poem)via awakin.org
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird –
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.
“Learn to be thankful to everyone, to the entire creation, even to your enemy and also to those who insult, because they all help you to grow.” Mata Amritanandamayi
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. Eleanor Roosevelt
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
Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible. Anonymous
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 16:33 AMP
Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe. Wayne Dyer
Celebrating UN 75th Anniversary and 2020 Theme: Shaping Peace Together. Since this is the 75th Anniversary of the UN, celebrating Peace is a key part of the festivities. If you recall the history of the United Nations Organization, it was initiated in 1942, when 26 nations joined forces as a Declaration of United Nations to fight the so-called Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis and named by then-President Theodore Roosevelt. However, the UN was officially created at the end of World War II in 1945 as 50 nations gathered in San Francisco for an international conference and signed the Charter of the United Nations on 26 June 1945. The organization came into full force on 24 October 1945. The main goal of the new UNO was and remains to preserve peace and help build a better world. This year, there will be a Peace Bell Ceremony, featuring the UN Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, and the Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, as well as a performance by the Universal Hip Hop Museum and other festivities.
The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together,” and the UN is inviting us all to join forces by participating in #UN75 which gives us a chance to dialogue, complete a survey, share the UNToolkit and help raise awareness about the global effort they make towards peace. There are more ways we can join in as the pdf below suggests. we can 1. ) Organize a UN75 Dialogue. 2. Educate yourself about PEACE. and 3.Engage in acts of kindness and solidarity. We can all celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic. We can stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together. Come back later for more!
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PDF
The world needs solidarity. Join #UN75
The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry via gratefulness.org
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world and am free.
Gratitude – Poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery via poemhunter.com
I thank thee, friend, for the beautiful thought
That in words well-chosen thou gavest to me,
Deep in the life of my soul, it has wrought
With its own rare essence to ever imbue me,
To gleam like a star over devious ways,
To bloom like a flower on the dreariest days
Better such gift from thee to me
Than gold of the hills or pearls of the sea.
For the luster of jewels and gold may depart,
And they have in them no life of the giver,
But this gracious gift from thy heart to my heart
Shall witness to me of thy love forever;
Yea, it shall always abide with me
As a part of my immortality;
For a beautiful thought is a thing divine,
So I thank thee, oh, friend, for this gift of thine.
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer via catholic.org
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for AUG – SEP 2020 are:
08/01 – 01 SUMMER, 04 Obama Day, 07 Purple Heart Day, Cat Day
08/09 – 09 Book Lovers Day, 12 International Youth Day, 15 National Relaxation Day
08/16 – 17 Nonprofit day, 19 National Aviation Day, World Humanitarian Day, World Photography Day, 22 Commemoration of Victims of Religious Violence Day
08/23 – 23 Slave Trade Remembrance Day, 26 Women’s Equality Day, National Dog Day
08/30 – 30 Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance Day, 31 Drug Overdose Awareness Day
09/01 – 05 International Day of Charity, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
09/06 – 06 Read a Book Day, 07 Labor Day, 11 Patriot Day
09/13 – 13 Grandparents Day, 18 Rosh Hashana Starts, AIDS, and Aging Awareness Day
09/20 – 20 Rosh Hashana ends, 21 International Peace Day, World Gratitude Day, 22 Start of Fall
09/27 – 27 Yom Kippur starts,29 National Coffee Day,
National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery, National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, National Hispanic Heritage Month
“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” Louise L. Hay
The Saving Power of a Kind Word- From Amma’s Heart – Series: Episode 30 – Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. Zig Ziglar
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings. Anonymous
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie
Do not be ANXIOUS about ANYTHING, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
PEACE and GRATITUDE IN OUR LIVES & HOMES: In addition to the celebrations going on globally, making peace and gratitude facets of our lives is equally important. If we don’t have these qualities at home or inside our hearts, it is difficult to express them or wish them for others. My Pastor, Buddy Cremeans, shared some important reminders at service yesterday, and I am sharing them here because they resonated with me. I hope they will do the same for you. His wise words were the following:
Peace comes from the INSIDE OUT, not the outside in.
WORRY is the THIEF of PEACE.
80% of what we WORRY about never happens.
Turn your WORRY into WORSHIP.
My PEACE is my POWER.
No one’s DRAMA is worth MY PEACE.
PEACE saves my ENERGY TOKENS.
Nothing will go as planned. There will be daily interruptions. BE AT PEACE.
If you’re getting kicked in the rear, it means you’re out in front. Stay PEACEFUL
Don’t receive criticism from someone you wouldn’t want to trade places with.” Look at their fruit. God called me here. I’m not going anywhere. Be Grateful.
Do your BEST, trust God with the REST.
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. Wishing you and yours peace, comfort and a spirit of gratitude during this Fall season and beyond.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Partnerships For Peace
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Praise for Instruments of Peace by Arthur O. Roberts via peaceproject.northvalleyfriends.org
to see how
all the hurts
the joys, the fears
sweat or roses
and other trips
that offer love
a place to stand
Gratitude by Henry Van Dyke via poemhunter.com
“Do you give thanks for this? — or that?”
No, God be thanked
I am not grateful
In that cold, calculating way, with blessing ranked
As one, two, three, and four, — that would be hateful.
I only know that every day brings good above”
My poor deserving;
I only feel that, in the road of Life, true Love
Is leading me along and never swerving.
Whatever gifts and mercies in my lot may fall,
I would not measure
As worth a certain price in praise, or great or small;
But take and use them all with simple pleasure.
For when we gladly eat our daily bread, we bless
The Hand that feeds us;
And when we tread the road of Life in cheerfulness,
Our very heart-beats praise the Love that leads us.
The Eskimos Have No Word for “War” by Mary Oliver via peaceproject.northvalleyfriends.org
Trying to explain it to them
Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene.
Their houses, like white bowls,
Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls
Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes
Of night and day.
They listen politely, and stride away
With spears and sleds and barking dogs
To hunt for food. The women wait
Chewing on skins or singing songs,
Knowing that they have hours to spend,
That the luck of the hunter is often late.
Later, by fires and boiling bones
In steaming kettles, they welcome me,
Far kin, pale brother,
To share what they have in a hungry time
In a difficult land. While I talk on
Of the southern kingdoms, cannon, armies,
Shifting alliances, airplanes, power,
They chew their bones, and smile at one another.
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