World peace can be achieved when, in each person, the power of love replaces the love of power.
With all we’re witnessing happening in our world today, I’ve been feeling a hard pull on my heart to write about the subject of peace. I have admittedly used my busyness as an excuse not to write this for far too long. I can no longer sleep at night.
We have experienced many times before in our lives this feeling of unrest, divisiveness, selfish motives, greed, and perceived power. Rulers, ruthless leaders throughout history have killed under the guise of protecting their land, their resources, but ultimately their power. I ask you are these people killing not only to protect their own power, but to assert their position of control in and amongst the people and our world? I’m compelled to ask them, is it really worth sacrificing human lives, the lives of innocent children and babies in the name of anything or anyone being? Is any act of violence really worth that to you no matter your personal gain or loss? What force is it that allows this need to control and greed to succeed? Why has human suffering become commonplace, so much so that we turn away from it in denial, laziness, and ignorance?
I remember being a young child in the ’60s in America.
We stood up every morning in our schoolrooms, placed our hands on our hearts while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance facing our flag, a symbol of freedom, peace, unity, and strength. Of a people who are free, united as one…we stand no more. Why? Because of our religious, political, and other differences, we are no longer united as one people under one God. No longer free to be able to feel safe, even in our own homes, burying our babies.
I ask you, are we still that nation of the free and home of the brave? If not, can we be? Can all nations be?
Tears come welling up in my eyes at this moment. I can no longer contain them or the unwillingness to stand up for what is right and good for all people everywhere. It’s almost too much, surreal. I bow my head in silence and pray.
I remember our brave soldiers, leaving their lives and families at home, going off to war at the young age of 18, fighting and dying for a cause they never truly understood. I remember our President being murdered in a car, half of his head blown off in front of millions, and being replayed over and over and over again on our black and white TV sets. As children during that time we were scared, filled with fear, confused, not understanding the scenes being openly committed and displayed in front of our very eyes every day. What had happened to our peace, the unconditional love of a God we learned about in Sunday schools all across our great nation? We asked and pled for answers. Our parents, teachers, leaders, no one could explain it to us. We were sad, devastated. We still are.
We have seen and experienced many instances in our lifetimes since then of senseless attacks, countless shootings of our children in their schools, huge towers collapsing into heaps of rubble and smoke billowing up all around, thousands dead. Why? I implore you to tell me why?
The purpose of this article is not for us to dwell on what has happened in the past and these horrific experiences due to our differences and dualities. It is to question how we as a people can re-unite, come together, put all of our differences aside and create a lasting change for peace, harmony, love for ALL human beings. Whether or not you watch the news, sit at home and hide your eyes from a burning reality that exists all around us today, WE must do something different NOW! And you know it.
This is a call to action from all people in this and all other countries both near and far. Whether you’re directly in the line of fire or not, we can no longer sit idly by in our glass homes or castles we have built around us as false protection, in denial of what is happening all around us. People are becoming overwhelmed and getting hooked on opiates to dull their pain, suicide rates are at an all-time high. We are not a people of peace within ourselves. And I believe this is where it starts. But peace within ourselves is not enough. We must create peace exterior to ourselves now. We must do whatever we can to stop this unnecessary suffering and death from spreading. And start to heal from our heartbreak.
When will it stop? Or, will it ever? Only we, you, me, can make a difference. Please tell me we can and you will help. Will you? Isn’t it time?
I am calling all of you to get up, burst out of your bubbles and comfort zones, help us spread peace and love.
You may call me an “old hippie” and that’s okay I’m good with that. Whether we sit around in a circle wearing flowers in our hair and tie-dyed tee shirts bearing the peace sign, passing the peace pipe, playing old Beatles songs I don’t care. However, it looks for you, just do something, now, please. We must start talking and not just talking but listening, really listening to each other. We must find a common ground. This is a plea for peace.
It’s time to come together people. It’s time to smile upon our brother, a time to put all greed and selfishness aside. We can no longer turn a blind eye. Stop the competition amongst our peers, the warring of lawyers in the courtrooms over cups and saucers, the backstabbing and harshly judging of people we don’t know, the bickering between brothers and sisters, you parents of young children. This must stop now before we self-destruct!
I ask you, what can you/we do today together in unity again to create a movement of peace, of compassion, and understanding of love not hate in our shared communities? Our children and grandchildren deserve more than what they too are seeing, feeling, experiencing even in their very own homes.
Whatever we do today, wherever we are in the world, we can start a ripple effect that will affect the generations to come. It starts with us, my friends. It is time.
I ask you again, what are you willing to do today?
We’re calling on leaders of this and all other communities, influencers on social media platforms, all lawyers, all politicians, and religious leaders, members of groups making a difference. We all must stand up for peace, love, our values, and life itself. Let us know you care about your grandchildren’s future and the future of all children in the world today.
We are starting this movement and want to hear from you. All ideas as to how this might take form and what that might look like are welcome. I’ve already enlisted the support of Eileen & Trevor Bild (OTEL Universe), Frank Zaccari, and Dennis Pitocco (360° Nation). If you are feeling a pull in your heart, a calling to help do something, let’s start the conversation by leaving your comments, ideas, and commitment below.
We need you, our world needs you, now more than ever before. Thanking you in advance.