Where does your Music find its Peace?

Who do you play for? Do you play for an audience? Do you play for yourself?

Is your music an offering? Is it a spiritual practice? Do you offer it the discipline it requires to get better? It deserves it, you know.

Does it soothe you or wake you up? Does it celebrate life or do you keep it only as an accompaniment?

So much to consider. So much to decide.

Peace of the music be with you. May you transform the music; may it transform you.

Oh, for Peace’s Sake, Celebrate!

I always think it’s appropriate to celebrate Milestones. I also think it’s appropriate to celebrate sunsets. Celebrations don’t need to be full on parties for three hundred. They can be a soft, sweet pause. A simple let’s stand together and look at that sunrise/cloud/bird is important.

Milestones matter. Now I say that at the same time I wince about the celebrity mentality that says I must be at the center of a very large everything. That’s not what i mean by celebrations. I think more about a caress rather than a gala.

Something as simple as a shared piece of cake is a lovely celebration. I certainly don’t need a whole piece of cake to say life is grand. I’ve had plenty in my life… but a forkful of deliciousness? mmmm. hurrah.

So here’s to you and all you celebrate! We’ll all long for a forkful of Terri’s chocolate lavender tart. I hoist my cup of tea to you. If we help one another celebrate the little things that astonish and delight… we make space for Peace. Let’s celebrate Peace each time we see it. Let’s throw Peace a party and let people understand how delicious it is. Because the world needs celebration and the world needs Peace. Desperately.


Making Time for Peace

You think life looks one way and it does, for a while. And then it changes. And so do you.

Waking on my 64th, somewhat bemused that this is where I am in life, I’m aware of two things:

  1. How very lucky I’ve been in love and family and life experience.
  2. How precious the time we have is.

So we need to make it count. We must be thankful and celebrate, that’s for certain. We must also be accountable. It falls to us to make it wonderful for others. We’re the ones to make Peace. We’re the only ones who can.

So thank you. Thank you so much!

There have been times in my life when I’ve felt that the losses in my life have left huge crevices that will never be filled — but the sweet friendship and kindness of so many are brilliant stones and shining pearls that have filled up those crevices with Beauty. The ache for those gone before is replaced by astonishment for those here. What’s not to celebrate?

Love! Peace! Blessings! oh, Hurrah!


Shared Peace and Success

I’ve been watching my dear friend’s joy in his daughter’s accomplishments. It’s such a joy to see and participate in. It’s struck me that we need to do more of this, more living in our friend’s lives. Opening our hearts to what matters to them… The more we can do this with our friends, the more we can do this with others… Caring about people’s lives is what makes us Peacemakers, I think… Peace is personal… stretching out our hands, opening up our hearts, opening up our eyes… This starts the Peace process. It’s easy with our friends, easy when love is already established… More challenging when we’re asking ourselves to really move beyond our boundaries… but this is what Life and Peace require of us.

It’s been a wonderful celebration of my godchild’s graduation here in NY. A lot of memories catching up with me, about these friendships, this city, education, shared life… Making new and wonderful memories, but always, thinking about Peace and how it makes us richer. Does that sound fatuous? I don’t mean it to. But writing every day about Peace does make me think about Peace.

I certainly wish you all a sip of the heady, mix of love and pride and celebration I’m living in at the moment. as Jim Scott says: And may your life be as a song!