Today–September 21– is International Peace Day and day 3 of the Peace Blogfest.
Peace Through Connection
So what is it that can be a starting point towards peace? Common ground may be that link to understanding others and reducing fear of the unknown. A small shared interest between strangers can open discussions and hopefully lead to other stepping stones toward friendship. A connection.
It should be a simple step to reach out to another and compare experiences shared by others. For instance, what mother can resist talking about her children and some hilarious episode. Others may have a similar incident. Common ground can be found over something as innocent as potty-training or picky eaters. This can be the beginning of a friendship, and further sharing. And understanding of differences. A connection.
Although I have been blogging for only a few months, I see the power of connection that it has. I personally would like to share more common experiences with people of different cultures. This will be my committment and effort towards understanding. I’m not that naive to expect a ripple throughout the world, with overtones of world peace, but it is something. And every little bit helps. A connection.
So look out world; I’m trying to connect to people different from what I know. If each person made one small connection, think of the possibilities!
I am a mother, avid reader, quilter, crafter, and adore my cats. If you have similar interests in a different culture, let’s make a connection and start bridging that gap.
I’ve joined a Peace Blogfest sponsored by Aimee at A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman. Click the button below to join and find more details. I am copying some of those details here (thanks Aimee).
In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded the film project Peace One Day to document his efforts in creating an annual day of ceasefire and nonviolence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, Peace One Day achieved its objective when the United Nations unanimously adopted the International Day of Peace 21 September.
Aimee’s Peace Blogfest schedule is:
Monday 19 September 2011 – Peace Through Art
Post something you have created that represents what peace means to you. This can be a video, something you drew, something you wrote (poetry, short story, etc.), a song you wrote and recorded, a picture of something you made, anything! Be creative!
Tuesday 20 September 2011 – Peace Through Tolerance and Non-Violence
Despite religious, racial, socioeconomic, or personal differences, everyone deserves respect. I know this can be a touchy subject for some people, so there are many blogging options for this day. You can do one or more of the following: discuss ways we can overcome discrimination and stop violence, describe an organization that you support that helps other people, tell about a time that you helped someone and what you learned, describe a time when someone helped you through a rough time and how it changed you, or tell of an experience in which you or someone you know was discriminated against and how that shaped your view on peace. Share your experiences!
Wednesday 21 September 2011 (Peace Day) – Peace Through Connection
Bringing people together in celebration should be the goal for this day! How do you connect with other people? How do you interact with people around you in a peaceful way? What unites people? Think about this one, and be truthful. And remember, peaceful actions don’t stop when Peace Day is over! What can YOU DO to be peaceful and to continue spread the word about peace? What inspires you to be peaceful?