The holiday season brings reminders of all the Christmas carols that talk about “Peace on Earth” and “Good Will Toward Men”. The question, though, is how we extend that sentiment to the entire year. What can we do as individuals to bring about peace on earth rather than just sing about it?
Louise Diamond, in her book, The Peace Book, suggests that there are four principles to practicing Peace on Earth:
“Community: Let the world into your life; decide to personally be part of the solutions to world problems.
Cooperation: Work with others to provide support and solidarity for those who are hurt by war and other disasters.
Non-violence: Respect for the dignity of those who are vulnerable; prepare yourself so that your actions will do no harm.
Witness: Open your heart to the suffering of the world, and pour love into the wounds.”
Here are 6 ideas that will get you started towards practicing peace on earth:
- If you see someone in trouble, don’t ignore it – do something to help.
- Speak out against prejudice or discrimination.
- THINK before you respond. Ask yourself: is it Truthful, Honest, Important, Necessary or Kind?
- Practice acts of kindness
- Promote non-violence.
- Volunteer for organizations that make your neighborhoods, schools and workplaces safer.
In the words of the 1955 song, Let There Be Peace On Earth, by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller:
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
What’s your plan to create peace on earth in 2019?