Monday, July 4, 2011

Let There Be Peace On Earth

“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me…”  How many times have we heard and/or sung this wonderful song?  And how many times have we heard the message that peace begins within each one of us?  But it’s true, isn’t it?  If each of us would find peace within our selves, take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions, and discover the place within our beings that offers only light and peace, surely World Peace would follow.  We have been toying with this idea since Jill Jackson and Sy Miller wrote these words in 1955.  I think instinctively many of us accept this idea and know the truth of it.  Yet finding peace within ourselves is one of life’s greatest challenges.
Today is July 4, 2011.  Independence Day.  The day the United States of America became a land free of political, religious and moral persecution.  A great day for freedom!  I feel so very blessed to have been born in such a great nation.  Even so, our goal has not been entirely achieved, for people in our country still suffer from political, religious and moral persecution a la the flavor du jour.  I am very grateful to each and every soul that has been sacrificed for me to be sitting here in front of my computer able to express myself without fear of retribution.  But my message today is that the time has come to stop “fighting for peace” and start BEING peace.  That is how World Peace…not just peace for the US of A, but WORLD peace, will come to be. 
“Let there be peace on EARTH, and let it begin with ME…”

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