The Gift of Peace

Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances. Peace is the absence of anger: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of…

Peace in Action

Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Virginia Woolf once said:  “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”  Peace…

Peace with our Enemy

Apartheid – the repugnant policy or system of segregation or discrimination based on racial standards Nelson Mandela (Madiba – his Xhosa clan name) – the anti-apartheid activist, the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela was charismatic, handsome, a brilliant communicator, and a serious activist. He was…

Peace for our Children

  Thomas Paine lived up to his name – at least, that is what many thought in the late 1700’s.  He was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. It seems our century does not have the monopoly on bold individuals who are determined to support human rights initiatives. Born in Thetford, England,…

An Activist on Peace

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an…

Peace on Earth

Christmas is now only two sleeps away!  I have found that sometimes the countdown is the best part of Christmas.  The anticipation of the Christmas meal, the bustle of wrapping presents, and the sweet-smelling warmth of baking keeps us happily and peacefully occupied.  And yet, the reality of Christmas for many in our global community…