I really wanted to write a piece entitled, Peace on Earth, for the holidays this year. In fact, I told everyone that the theme for my December Newsletter would be just this. I have tried so many times to start this but all my words have fallen short. I simply can't write about Peace on Earth when we are living on such a war torn planet.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa
I carry the above quote with me everyday lately. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Have we, the human race, forgotten or disregarded this truth? How is it that in such a short amount of time, relative to our existence on this planet, have made such a mess of everything?
Earth has become a very scary place for so many.
We are divided, labeled and marginalized. People have become complacent and jaded. They think that there is nothing that they can do on an individual basis and that is not true.
Bad things happen to good people everyday and we all have to keep fighting for truth and for justice.
In the last 15 years, my children and I have survived some horrid shit. I lost a best friend in a mass shooting. My children and I lived in NYC on 9/11 and lost colleagues & neighbors who were in harms way that day. We ran from my abusive ex-husband who wanted nothing more than to see us hurt in the very worst of ways. We ran so far that we ran off the map. I survived a massive hurricane that wiped out much of my material belongings and left us homeless. All these horrible events, and yet I know that as bad as it was for me, it isn't anything compared to what so many people on this planet are going through today. I know that I am painting a bleak picture, but as most of you know I am a pretty straight shooter.
I call it like I see it, and lately it's a shit show.
The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, was writing at the time of the Nazi occupation of Germany. He wrote, “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.” We can see examples of this everywhere these days…so obvious they are that I feel I don't need to reiterate them. The oppressed become the oppressor, and so it is that he who does not control will be controlled. Is it human nature to crave the will to power and the ability to reign fear over others? I don't think so. Have we not learn from the past though?
Nietzsche also wrote, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
That last quote is in direct relation to Mother Theresa's quote above. We have forgotten that we belong to each other. We as humans forget that we are a part of the Family of Man. We are no better then our neighbors, no matter how much we may have or how right we think we may be. Power and money do not make us better people and our opinions are just that…opinions. Taking time to truly know ourselves by doing inner personal work can help us to overcome our inner demons and insecurities. It is the only thing that can ultimately create change. When mankind can make the choice to become enlightened individually, perhaps we can see a new movement arise from the ashes collectively.
There is HOPE though in all of this, and this is what you need to focus on.
I believe that no matter how much we beg for world peace it won't happen until there is a mass shift in consciousness. Let there be PEACE on EARTH and let it Begin with ME. If we are to get from here to there, then this is the way. We must find our convictions and stand firm in them. We must:
- Do No Harm.
- Be Kind.
- Learn to Love Ourselves.
- Pay it Forward.
- Fight Against the Fear of the Unknown.
- Love One Another.
It may sound simple to the people who are reading this, but to the masses I gather it isn't that obvious. Hate has become generational, and people live with this without questioning it. Somewhere along the line, people have forgotten to fight for the greater good. Whoever thinks that it's okay to hurt another is just WRONG. So much hate. So much hypocrisy.
Yet we are not helpless.
We can help our world by spreading love and acceptance. We can help by keeping healthy boundaries and by always doing the right thing, even when it is hard. It's really quite simple. If we treated others as we wanted to be treated then, this world would be quite a different place… I would hope. Love is the only thing that can conquer the darkness and bring us true peace. Won't you join me this Christmas in remembering all of those who are less fortunate than we are. Those who are marginalized, scared, and hopeless. Those who can't see a clear path to tomorrow. We are the ones who can make a difference and if anyone tells you differently, don't believe them.
Peace be with you.
Peace be with you.