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21/09/2020
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“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” John F. Kennedy

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

 

United Nations International Day of Peace Student Observance

#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!

READ: Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE
A Gift for World Gratitude Day

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

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

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!
Resources:
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:

AUG

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

SEPT

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

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day


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
Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past
Praise for Instruments of Peace by Arthur O. Roberts via peaceproject.northvalleyfriends.org
for eyes
that linger
to see how
Truth applies

for ears
that gather
all the hurts
the joys, the fears

for noses
welcoming
whether scenting
sweat or roses

for lips
that promise
picnics, parks
and other trips

for hands
outstretched
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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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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173 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie permalink
    21/09/2020 8:13 am

    I didn’t know about gratitude day, but you’re right. It’s great that they are together today because they really do go hand-in-hand.

  2. MaritimeMeg permalink
    21/09/2020 12:58 pm

    I had no idea that today was either International day of peace OR world gratitude day! Thank you for such an informative post (and I loved all of the poems!) I love that the theme this year for international’s day of peace is shaping peace together, we truly need that now more than ever as we all come together as one world and fight this virus. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. Neely permalink
    21/09/2020 1:32 pm

    Oh did I need this today! I had no idea there was such a day but dont we all need to have more gratitude.

  4. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    21/09/2020 7:18 pm

    Thanks for this post. Great read. 🙂

  5. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    21/09/2020 11:40 pm

    I can’t believe I forgot about this day. One thing I wish this day is for people around the world find peace and spread love to each other. Thank you for this motivational post.

  6. Krista permalink
    22/09/2020 12:12 am

    Lovely post – love all of the positive vibes!

    • imbuedman permalink
      08/11/2020 2:59 am

      Gratitude is one virtue that is very important – it makes us happy, selfless, and loving. It makes that a day is dedicated to it.

  7. Ashley t permalink
    22/09/2020 12:30 am

    I love the poems you have chosen to represent International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day.

  8. Krysten Quiles permalink
    22/09/2020 1:40 am

    I miss when the United States cared about things like this. It’s pretty disheartening how far we’ve fallen.

  9. Kenneth permalink
    22/09/2020 1:49 am

    Peace always comes with a price…sad to say human lives are the greatest sacrifice to achieve peace, in some countries including mine…why is it difficult to have peace?for me peace should start in everyones heart just for the start

  10. Kim permalink
    22/09/2020 2:19 am

    This is something we all need to focus on! Thank you!

  11. tweenselmom permalink
    22/09/2020 2:43 am

    This is a really nice and motivating post! I love how you are consistent with posting these type of things, thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

  12. Fatima Torres permalink
    22/09/2020 5:32 am

    Such an inspiration for others to be grateful. Peace doesn’t come easy, but it definitely starts within.

  13. Joanna permalink
    22/09/2020 5:35 am

    More than ever these days we need to think about peace and how can we contribute in calming down the world. There are so many conflicts brewing due to the current situation, both political and economical…. we can only hope it’s going to be ok…

  14. Bella permalink
    22/09/2020 6:31 am

    These are such great motivations. I love these posts thank you so much for sharing

  15. Keerti Bhatnagar permalink
    22/09/2020 7:13 am

    “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.”
    -loved these lines.
    It’s a great read.
    It is rightly said that gratitude heals our mind, spirit and soul and attract more things to be grateful for.
    Thankyou for your kind words!

  16. My Kitchen permalink
    22/09/2020 9:33 am

    I didn’t know there was international day of peace and gratitude.you have picked the most beautiful prayers.i love saint Francis’ prayer.the kind of prayer I would love to say everyday

  17. Maria Arcenas permalink
    22/09/2020 10:32 am

    I hope that we can shape the peace for our kids. World peace seems to stll be a far gone dream.

  18. janessapablo permalink
    22/09/2020 11:52 am

    This was a beautiful read. Thank you!

  19. marjiemare permalink
    22/09/2020 12:00 pm

    This world needs peace and reading these poems bring me a sense of peace that I was in so much need for.

  20. Fransic verso permalink
    22/09/2020 4:25 pm

    This is very interesting. I just knew about these days were a thing to celebrate but its good because we can get peace for a day and cease fire.

  21. marjiemare permalink
    22/09/2020 4:30 pm

    I am hopeful for a more peaceful world one day. May these beautiful poems bring us the peace that we are so longing for.

  22. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    23/09/2020 12:21 am

    did’nt realise that is a International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day, thanks for sharing this 😀 Let’s celebrate together gather ya

  23. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    23/09/2020 2:03 am

    I didn’t know about this day but we do need it in our lives. So important. so enriching and so powerful. I do believe gratitude and peace are much stronger than arrogance and war

  24. rachel permalink
    23/09/2020 3:44 am

    This is such a beautiful piece. And such an important day for all of us.

  25. Anne-Kathrin Walter permalink
    23/09/2020 4:48 am

    I love this so much! I believe that if everyone was more aware of practicing gratitude, there would be more peace in the world.

  26. marjiemare permalink
    23/09/2020 3:05 pm

    I am trying to live a life of gratitude. I feel blessed and grateful for every little thing and by doing so, I can’t tell you how blessed I am.

  27. aisasami permalink
    23/09/2020 6:43 pm

    My wish for this day of gratitiude for everyone to thank everyone in their life every day, even for the small things. It is very important to thank everyone around you.

  28. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    23/09/2020 7:47 pm

    Sept 21 in the Philippines commerates the declaration of Martial Law, a very dark era in the Philippines. I am glad, you celebrated in diffirently.

  29. Alyssa permalink
    23/09/2020 9:12 pm

    With all that’s happening in the world and even if we’re experiencing challenging times, this shouldn’t stop us from being thankful for all the good things that are happening in our lives. Always practice having a grateful heart and positive spirit.

  30. Mindspeaks permalink
    23/09/2020 11:49 pm

    Great poems on peace and gratitude. Keep up the great work!

  31. Mayuri Saxena permalink
    24/09/2020 8:15 am

    We need to fight the menace of this disease together. I completely agree with the UN chief…we stand together with UN to fight this disease.

  32. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    24/09/2020 11:22 am

    Love that Mata Amritanandamayi quote. It is true we need to be thankful for those who have hurt us, made fun of us, or made us sad. They have all contributed to the person you have become.

  33. Eric Gamble permalink
    24/09/2020 1:27 pm

    I agree that our gratitude should be expressed and shared. What better day to tell people thank you and what they mean to you and how they have helped you grow than on World Gratitude Day! Of course International Day of Peace sounds amazing too but if we all showcased more gratitude towards others, perhaps peace would come naturally!

  34. Dr Surabhi permalink
    24/09/2020 6:28 pm

    Very motivating post! Loved to see the celebrations about peace and gratitude day globally. I agree peace lies within and worry kills it. Both peace and gratitude are important to be incorporated in ourselves as an individual to able to have a world that we dream of that is without hatred. I Dream A World by Langston Hughes is such a beautiful poem.

  35. crisshex88 permalink
    25/09/2020 12:56 am

    Through your blog posts you always have the great ability to amaze, fascinate and inspire. They are full of energy!

    • Seyi Ogunsola permalink
      20/10/2020 9:29 pm

      This article brings healing. As I type, my country Nigeria has just lost some peaceful protesters to shooting by government agents. I like the poems in particular. Thank you.

  36. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    25/09/2020 1:23 am

    Peace yes that is what everyone should be striving for and to be grateful is a must and makes life so much more sweet x

  37. Ben permalink
    25/09/2020 4:05 am

    These are great excerpts. I think we need peace and gratitude every day, but the International day is a start.

  38. Brianne permalink
    25/09/2020 4:16 am

    This is what we need so much more of in the world. I love that poem by Langston Hughes. It’s so spot on.

  39. Gervin Khan permalink
    25/09/2020 4:51 am

    Well said, this article needs to be share to every individual and spread peace to everyone.

  40. Matt permalink
    25/09/2020 5:57 am

    Such a wonderful theme for this years International Day of Peace. Maybe it should be changed to International Year/s of peace. The only way we can solve the world’s problems is by coming together. I really liked the Langston Hughes poem.

  41. Sara | mshealthesteem.com permalink
    25/09/2020 5:58 am

    Gratitude is such a beautiful thing! Taking time to appreciate even the littles things makes us richer indeed. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Shristi permalink
    25/09/2020 11:34 am

    What a great post, love how beautiful all the quotes are. Thanks a lot for this.

  43. A Nation of Moms permalink
    25/09/2020 2:15 pm

    What a great thing to celebrate, and lots of great words. This is uplifting in such hard times.

  44. Kileen permalink
    25/09/2020 3:11 pm

    Such an important day to remember and embrace! These poems are so beautiful by the way!

    Kileen

  45. Nkem permalink
    25/09/2020 8:36 pm

    I can always use some motivation. Thanks for sharing these!

  46. romyraves permalink
    25/09/2020 8:52 pm

    We could definitely use more peace & gratitude in the world right now!! Peace is something we should all hope for

  47. blair villanueva permalink
    25/09/2020 9:51 pm

    Peace is a luxury that is truly tough to reach and have. But we shouldn’t stop reaching it, until we have them. Having a peace in our heart would be the greatest gift!

  48. Nikki Wayne permalink
    26/09/2020 3:58 am

    Great read. Love the quotes here. Thanks!

  49. Gervin Khan permalink
    26/09/2020 3:59 am

    This is such a very timely thing for the people of the world to do and should consider. Being gratitude is the best value we can give to our fellowmen that will definitely end in world peace.

  50. Natalie permalink
    26/09/2020 5:37 am

    Thank you for sharing this. It was a lovely read and important reminder to celebrate peace. I didn’t know there’s such thing as international day of peace.

  51. Keerti Bhatnagar permalink
    26/09/2020 7:19 am

    “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.” These lines are really powerful!
    Thanks for the motivation!

  52. Heidi permalink
    26/09/2020 7:47 am

    Such wonderful motivation and beautiful pics!

  53. mommystimeline permalink
    26/09/2020 9:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this post. This post is really very informative. you spread positivity.

  54. Marie permalink
    26/09/2020 10:23 am

    The Isaiah 26:3 verse has been a comfort for me for most of my life. And it has come at a perfect time for me while reading this article.

  55. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    26/09/2020 12:35 pm

    It is always important to have gratitude in ourselves. Success and blessings will come in abundance if we have this quality.

  56. Lucy Clarke permalink
    26/09/2020 1:06 pm

    It’s great to hear there is this day to serve as a reminder of the importance peace and gratitude. May everyone be filled with serenity and always are able to relish in the things and experience they can be grateful for.

  57. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    26/09/2020 2:50 pm

    Being grateful is a challenge. There are friends who will turn their back when the boat is rocky.

  58. Kelly Bolen permalink
    26/09/2020 4:22 pm

    I live with a sense of gratitude and appreciate every gift God gives me! No matter how big or small!!!!

  59. aisasami permalink
    27/09/2020 3:52 am

    For me being gratitude is being thankful for the little things in life. Even though we have a special day, we should remember to show gratitude to ourselves and others everyday.

  60. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    27/09/2020 4:42 am

    I wish my country head it. I wish my country valued peace. I wish it was common to be grateful in my country

  61. Ayi permalink
    27/09/2020 5:29 am

    Thess are great reminders. A lot of people will benefit from those words you mentioned about peace.

  62. Yanitza Ninett permalink
    27/09/2020 5:38 am

    I loved the Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer. So beautiful!

  63. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    27/09/2020 9:50 am

    I truly do believe that the more you express gratitude the more you get in return. Those who are not materialistic and humble get more in the end.

  64. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    27/09/2020 11:04 am

    Everyone should be grateful everyday, not just on world gratitude day or thanksgiving. Bring more abundance into your life by be grateful everyday.

  65. Christiana permalink
    27/09/2020 11:45 am

    Wow. I never knew September 21 was the international peace day and gratitude day. I definitely have so many things I am grateful for despite the baggage this year brought with it. God has been so faithful and I’m grateful.

  66. Hannah permalink
    28/09/2020 3:20 am

    I was not aware that this was a designated day on the calendar but truthfully, I believe this should be celebrated everyday. All of us humans need to practice gratitude and peace daily.

  67. Ann permalink
    28/09/2020 3:21 am

    I think we all need a bit of a boost on mondays, thank you so much for the extra pep!

  68. Travel See Write permalink
    28/09/2020 3:39 am

    Gratitude is so important but we often forget it. Thanks for the reminder.

  69. Prajakta permalink
    28/09/2020 4:58 am

    International Day of Peace is very well explained in your post. It is also interesting to know that UN picks a theme for each year.

  70. Krysten Quiles permalink
    28/09/2020 7:50 am

    I need some peace right about now, I’m struggling with a BIG decision and I’m not sue what to do.

  71. Kevine permalink
    29/09/2020 12:16 pm

    I absolutely love the motivational theme behind your blogs. It’s so inspirational.

  72. April-Perez.com permalink
    30/09/2020 5:40 pm

    I’ve been demotivated the past few weeks all thanks to my depression and this lockdown. It’s so great that I managed to stumble upon your post. It somehow lifted my spirit and help me internalize what I need to do moving forward.

  73. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    02/10/2020 5:56 pm

    Because of people lingering too much on social media,we become to impersonal. It is time to celebrate how grateful we are for our loved ones and the blessings we get from God.

  74. Jasmine E permalink
    03/10/2020 3:52 am

    We could all definitely use a reminder to bring peace to the forefront of our hearts. With everything going on with the election, things and the pandemic, I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that peace is necessary.

  75. Henri permalink
    03/10/2020 5:53 am

    Kind words and gratitude are not overrated. They cost nothing and make such a huge difference in our lives.

  76. Kenneth permalink
    03/10/2020 8:24 pm

    peace should always be in everyones heart and soul…but in reality its very difficult to have it with all this coflicts all over the world.peace should start on our self first

  77. Sarah M permalink
    03/10/2020 11:42 pm

    I didn’t know that 21 Sep is International peace day and also a gratitude day. I have always known something new from your posts.

  78. Fransic verso permalink
    05/10/2020 9:35 am

    First time to know about the international day of peace world. I learn so much from your posts.

  79. Neely permalink
    05/10/2020 1:03 pm

    Don’t we all need to see more peace and gratitude. I love celebrating days that are so positive

  80. Arris permalink
    06/10/2020 1:44 am

    I absolutely agree that peace is very important because it is the one that binds us all together. Thanks for this very informative information.

  81. Mary permalink
    06/10/2020 3:20 am

    Peace and gratitude are two things that go a long way in the world. Especially in these days when things are so unpredictable and stressful.

  82. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    06/10/2020 4:01 am

    I love the poems you share here! I hope that I will see world peace some time within my lifetime!

  83. Casey permalink
    06/10/2020 4:19 am

    Thanks, this is a perfect start of the week. Peace and love!

  84. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    06/10/2020 4:23 am

    I completely agree with the part where you said if we don’t have peace and gratitude within ourselves how could we show these to others. I resonate with that a lot.

  85. Luna S permalink
    06/10/2020 5:29 am

    Beautifully written, I enjoyed the poems you selected for this post. This was a lovely morning read.

  86. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    06/10/2020 9:04 am

    There is never enough of peace and gratitude for that. It is important to feel it in our hearts

  87. serenarogers19 permalink
    06/10/2020 10:00 am

    World Gratitude Day! I didn’t know it existed to be honest and gutted that I missed it. Thanks for sharing.

  88. marjiemare permalink
    06/10/2020 3:36 pm

    I love and can relate with this poem: I Dream A World. Everyday, I say what world I dream of and it’s killing me to see so much suffering and so little love and care.

  89. amayszingblogs permalink
    06/10/2020 3:48 pm

    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. When I wake up everyday I always been thankful for everything especially my health. Love this!

  90. tingandthings.com permalink
    06/10/2020 5:43 pm

    Yup! We should all learn to live with gratitude and be thankful for what we have.

  91. Simon Starchevsky permalink
    06/10/2020 6:00 pm

    Thank you for the much needed motivational imagery, quotes, and poetry. Much appreciated and loved. Keep the motivation coming.

  92. The Crumby Vegan permalink
    06/10/2020 10:43 pm

    I love the ideas and messages you promote: peace, to be gratful, partnership… They are all so beautiful! 💚

  93. Christian Foremost permalink
    07/10/2020 2:25 am

    Peace is something we constantly seek. I’m having some trouble getting some of peace of my own.

  94. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    07/10/2020 2:32 am

    really enjoy my read here & really learnt now 21 Sept is celebrating the International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day, a meaningful date 😀

  95. Christa Anne permalink
    07/10/2020 2:08 pm

    If ever there was a time for both peace and gratitude, now is it! Wishing peace for those who are suffering and I’m grateful that the election os weeks away.

  96. Anne-Kathrin Walter permalink
    07/10/2020 10:15 pm

    Gratitude is so important for peace. Loved your article!

  97. Samuel Harris permalink
    08/10/2020 2:12 am

    I particularly enjoyed the eskimos have no word for War

  98. Kevine permalink
    08/10/2020 5:23 am

    Oh ya so important to appreciate everyone moment that we have and to live life with gratitude.

  99. Jona Shares permalink
    09/10/2020 2:50 am

    Couldn’t agree more on this statement: “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.”

    We definitely be at peace with our own selves so that we can do it to others.

  100. monidipa51 permalink
    09/10/2020 5:11 am

    Wow, I didn’t know about International day of peace and gratitude but after reading this, I want more people to read and know about this. Poems are as usual beautiful!

  101. Eric Gamble permalink
    09/10/2020 9:56 am

    I love that quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “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.” I like the concept of international day of Peace but the World Gratitude Day aspect appeals to me more! I guess that is because I am hitting that moment in my life where sadly people I love are moving on, so I really want to let others know what they mean to me!

  102. cheszdylan permalink
    10/10/2020 7:01 am

    I love your daily contents, articles, poems, inspirational quotes and messages about motivation. Continue inspiring other people.

  103. sumit permalink
    10/10/2020 2:08 pm

    hi, loved the quote by Mealody Beattie .. it is so relevant in our everyday lives . We have as a general practise forgotten the simple way of life of being at ece within oneself and the surrounding

  104. Blair villanueva permalink
    11/10/2020 1:05 am

    Peace is another luxury that is hard to keep or reach, but we must not give up to have it. Being grateful every single day is another step towards having peace.

  105. Kevine permalink
    11/10/2020 7:53 am

    I absolutely love the positivity that you bring to your blogs. It’s important that in this day and age we focus on the positive things and I truly believe that if we focus on those things, we will by default attract more of it.

  106. Ishani Nath permalink
    11/10/2020 9:31 am

    Such a motivating article on the occasion of World Peace Day. Absolutely felt great reading your post.

  107. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    11/10/2020 11:53 am

    I am grateful for my daily routine, but I am ready to do something else. I need a day of peace.

  108. Stella permalink
    11/10/2020 1:34 pm

    I learn so much from your posts! They are a wealth of information as well as inspiration. Thank you for including How You Can Help PDF in this one too. This is a read to save and read over and over.

  109. Hannah permalink
    12/10/2020 2:00 am

    Beautiful poems that you have chosen to list! I truly wish that International Day of Peace was celebrated everyday – our world and society sincerely needs it!

  110. Kevine permalink
    12/10/2020 2:23 am

    I did not know there was an actual day set a side for peace day such as international peach day in September, nor the different festivities surrounding it.. Thank you for that nugget.

  111. renee permalink
    14/10/2020 8:34 am

    Gratitude is the key to happiness. Great read!!

  112. Rochelle permalink
    14/10/2020 8:40 am

    These were some interesting poems, what this world really needs is peace.

  113. Hang Around The World permalink
    14/10/2020 10:21 am

    I love your posts because they are always inspiring. Gratitude is something we should use everyday such as the peace, we need peace in life. Beautiful words. – Paolo

  114. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    15/10/2020 6:00 pm

    Shaping peace together… that sounds like a dream. And I think peace is built with everyone holding hands. It ought to come as s result of compiled efforts from different people, and not just one.

    • Dris Wall permalink
      31/10/2020 9:13 pm

      Wow these are so powerful thanks so much

  115. knycx permalink
    15/10/2020 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of the importance of peace and the motivation. Those are beautiful words and they will inspire your readers 🙂 – Knycx Journeying

  116. Mudpiefridays permalink
    17/10/2020 2:20 am

    Gratitude is important, it makes people realise they are appreciated and important. Peace is the best choice, even in small everyday things in life.

  117. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    19/10/2020 11:30 pm

    I think every day should be World Gratitude Day. We have so much to be thankful for but a lot of people get lost in the negativity, unable to see the woods for the trees. We should try and change our perspective to view the good over the bad. Easier said than done I know, but your post goes a long way to highlighting that.

  118. Travelers Itch permalink
    19/10/2020 11:59 pm

    I love that there’s a peace & gratitude day, but I didn’t know we did! Feels like it might need a bit more advertising as I think we could all practice it a bit more! Thanks for sharing

  119. bye:myself permalink
    20/10/2020 2:49 am

    I love your motivating posts – somehow, for a couple of minutes, they make the world a better place. And you get me with Langston Hughes, obviously 😉

  120. sumit permalink
    20/10/2020 3:52 am

    so many beautiful words here , gratitude is indeed very important. thanks for reminding

  121. bigzubi permalink
    20/10/2020 3:55 am

    The dreams of Langston Hughes will sure make the world a better place. The dreams are worth keying into by all.

  122. merveillemp permalink
    20/10/2020 6:12 am

    I love how International Peace and Gratitude Day are the same day. As I was reading through the post, I just kept thinking about Thanksgiving. I was comparing it to Gratitude Day and how one is well known and the others isn’t. We spend Thanksgiving with our families and we give thanks. Gratitude and International Peace Day can be the time for us to be thankful for the world around us and share that joy.

  123. Deboshree permalink
    20/10/2020 12:01 pm

    I love the quote you have there by Eleanor Roosevelt… I couldn’t agree more! more people should really and truly believe in making peace and act on it accordingly!

  124. knycx permalink
    20/10/2020 11:23 pm

    Didn’t know about the Peace & World Gratitude Day, now I do – and thanks a lot for your motivation.

  125. Kenneth permalink
    21/10/2020 3:39 am

    i wasnt aware about this gratitude day…anyway its a good thing to celebrate…we need to be thankful to whatever blessings that we have and give something back to those who need it in our own little way…especially in this time of pandemic

  126. Retirestyle Travel permalink
    22/10/2020 5:39 am

    Peace and gratitude are nice ideas to share and feel inside. Thanks for helping achieve that.

  127. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    23/10/2020 1:23 am

    It is important to practise gratitude, it helps you and others. And I love the poetry in this post. Thanks for sharing.

  128. Lily permalink
    23/10/2020 2:56 am

    Like many here, I did not realize such a day exists, but good to keep it in mind, even when things are crazy like this year

  129. Sandy N Vyjay permalink
    23/10/2020 3:29 am

    Praying that the world is filled with peace, war is replaced by peace, and hatred by love. It is also time to express our gratitude for the countless who are battling on the frontlines with the pandemic.

  130. merveillemp permalink
    24/10/2020 4:31 am

    I would have never guessed that International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day are celebrated together. However I see the correlation between the two.
    This great post made me think how much value we but into Thanksgiving yet International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day aren’t as advertised and celebrated. I hope we create more awareness about those two celebrates as they are very important too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:34 am

      Ye, you make some great points. Thanksgiving is a national event in the USA and people love to gather and eat so it’s very popular. The other two are UN and NGO created events that, while they hold great meaning, are not tied to any nation’s history.

  131. merveillemp permalink
    24/10/2020 4:32 am

    I would have never guessed that International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day are celebrated together. However I see the correlation between the two.
    This great post made me think how much value we but into Thanksgiving yet International Day of Peace & World Gratitude Day aren’t as advertised and celebrated. I hope we create more awareness about those two celebrates as they are very important too. Thanks for sharing

  132. milaroko permalink
    25/10/2020 7:14 am

    I’m going to make a wall art with the sentence “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.”

  133. melisvida permalink
    25/10/2020 10:58 am

    This is an amazing post to help you get your week started. Sometimes we all need that push.

  134. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    25/10/2020 8:16 pm

    Peace is the most important and valuable thing. we should treasure it more.

  135. Nicole Anderson permalink
    27/10/2020 2:35 am

    How apt that both International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day are both on the same day. I appreciate the linkage you pointed out earlier and no doubt there are many that are completely unaware of either. Enjoyable post with many appropriately chosen quotes as always.

  136. bree been permalink
    27/10/2020 9:37 am

    We need to stand in solitude to find the pandemic. I didn’ know about the international day of peace. So good to learn something new.

  137. bye:myself permalink
    27/10/2020 9:39 am

    This is so tender and beautiful and exactly what we need in these crazy times! I love how the inuit don’t have a word for snow 😀 – way to go!!

  138. Georgina permalink
    28/10/2020 12:11 am

    Peace and gratitude goes hand in hand and we need it now more than ever. Your words and the collection of verses are so inspiring and speaks to my soul. Thank you!

  139. Roshanna21 permalink
    28/10/2020 4:51 am

    Being grateful can sometimes be so hard, especially with how hard this year has been. Thanks for these great reminders

  140. marjiemare permalink
    28/10/2020 3:45 pm

    I am living a life of gratitude and I appreciate the gratitude poem.

  141. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    29/10/2020 4:29 am

    John F. Kennedy was right in saying “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process”, because it is. Slow and steady wins the race.

  142. rebeccalerner622 permalink
    29/10/2020 6:19 am

    Your posts are always so wonderful and make me think deeply about the topics!

  143. Nicole Anderson permalink
    29/10/2020 2:32 pm

    Reading this post and then the comments made by readers clearly shows that this post resonated so well with so many. Peace and gratitude align so well together although because they are so significant, there is probably an argument that it would be better to not have them both on the same day – but to split it up to strengthen a similar message, rather than potentially dilute the effect. Nevertheless, we should really all play a role in promoting the virtues of both, irrespective of whether they share the same day or not.

  144. knycx journeying permalink
    29/10/2020 9:54 pm

    Thank you very much, I like many of the quotations in your piece, especially “Instruments of Peace” 🙂 we all need some reminder of how great life can be. – Knycx Journeying

  145. Christian Foremost permalink
    30/10/2020 3:48 am

    I agree that peace is something that you have to work everyday for. There’s always gonna be chaos in our lives so we better keep our peace intact.

  146. Roshanna21 permalink
    30/10/2020 5:20 am

    This is such a needed and important message, especially right now. I didnt know there was a day for this but thank you for sharing

  147. frypartyoffive permalink
    31/10/2020 3:55 am

    I didn’t know there was an #internationaldayofpeace. I am definitely going to join the movement next year. Thanks for sharing this.

  148. bye:myself permalink
    01/11/2020 1:19 am

    I’m afraid that the global mess we’re in right now keeps us from dealing with other issues that are still out there.

  149. Hannah Marie permalink
    01/11/2020 11:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with John Kennedy that peace is always a process – daily, weekly, monthly and so on. It’s what we need s much in our world and especially in today’s current climate. I’ll take it upon myself to do my part and what I can to instill further peace to the world.

  150. melisvida permalink
    02/11/2020 5:38 am

    Love this on a Monday, thanks for sharing.

  151. melisvida permalink
    02/11/2020 7:21 am

    Great reminder for a monad. Awesome way to start a new week thanks for sharing.

  152. minal khachane permalink
    07/11/2020 10:22 pm

    This is such a beautiful read.I did not know about this day.But I believe in gratitude and hope that this whole world is in gratitude so that we can bring peace to this world.

  153. Anne permalink
    08/11/2020 1:47 am

    Being grateful for everything give us a peaceful life. Inspiring poems as always.

  154. bye:myself permalink
    08/11/2020 9:33 am

    Peace and Gratitude are actually going nicely hand in hand: Gratitude makes you peaceful – and we should be grateful for living in peace.

  155. Blair Villanueva permalink
    08/11/2020 3:42 pm

    When we feel grateful everyday, life is more easier and good luck always knocks on our door. That makes life peaceful too.

  156. melisvida permalink
    09/11/2020 5:28 pm

    Love motivational posts, makes you appreciate even the little things in life.

  157. Hang Around The World permalink
    10/11/2020 4:33 am

    I love reading your articles because they are so amazing with a deep message. This indeed was a beautiful read. Thank you! – Amalia

  158. Sarah B. permalink
    11/11/2020 6:14 am

    It is important to give thanks for every blessing we receive.

  159. tweenselmom permalink
    13/11/2020 2:40 am

    it’s great that you are able to show appreciation to people who labored out of love

  160. Jasmine E. permalink
    13/11/2020 3:46 pm

    I love the poem by Langston Hughes! I haven’t thought about that poem in quite some time. Thank you for always sharing such amazing poems and for always spreading joy and positivity!

  161. WritesandBlogs permalink
    02/12/2020 12:25 pm

    Peace is something we always crave for and we must try to achieve it. Gratitude brings in goodness in life. Loved your post

  162. Emily Fata permalink
    18/12/2020 8:41 am

    Showing our gratitude is so important! As is the promotion of peace in our daily lives.

  163. Renee permalink
    09/02/2021 6:08 am

    I wish the politicians in my country read this!

  164. 15/03/2021 9:53 am

    Elizabeth, long time. Great to be back here to read this wonderful piece. 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      28/05/2021 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Sis, always a joy to hear from you. Life has been so hectic that I don’t blog as much. Trying to stay in the mix with at least 2 posts a month lol. Must visit you back. Stay well!

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