Monday, December 15, 2014

Bring it home

At this time of year, we hear a lot about peace on earth. Cards, songs, posters in stores and even gift wrap carry messages of "peace on earth."

I don't know about you, but the whole idea of peace on earth seems so enormous that I can't quite wrap my arms around it. And when I listen to the news, it seems like an impossible concept anyway.

So I am trying to bring it closer to home for myself so I can wrap my arms around it—and perhaps contribute to peace on earth.

What might peace look like in my life if I practiced it? Perhaps I wouldn't rush to judgment so quickly when someone says something with which I don't agree. Or when someone cuts in front of me in the check-out line. Perhaps I wouldn't be so critical of the actions of family or friends. And maybe I would actually let go of some of the resentments I still carry around. Perhaps I might forgive someone. Maybe I could look for ways to share love and joy and peace with all those around me—those I know and those I don't know. Can I approach others with an open heart and open hands?

I think it's worth a try. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

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