Graduating to Peacemaker

Learning to be a Peacemaker is not easy. There are so many moving parts.

The work we are all to engage in is finding which part is ours to do. And then slowly, slowly, slowly, to get better at it. Along the way you’ll find other things you’re good at and you’ll add those. Along the way you’ll find things you’re really exquisitely awful at and you’ll put them aside forever. If they’re necessary to your part of the journey, you’ll find the one who does them well and joyously.

This is important. It’s going to be a long and difficult journey. We are not in a place of Peace. We must be the oases along the way. We must be Peace. We must Peace. We must be Peacemakers.

Graduation means childhood is gone. The stark reality and it’s unbelievable beauty is right in front of us.

Peace and blessings on our way.

Everyday Peace Comes with Purpose

People talk easily about a dog’s life. Oh, they don’t do anything but lie around and relax.

But dogs have a purpose with their pack. They repel intruders. They find food. and yes, they sleep — so they can repel the intruders. Give them a little pleasure, like the chance to jump in a body of water or dash around a field an they’re happy. Give them what they need and every day is filled with Peace for them. When they don’t have those things they’re either aggressive or timid.

We have purpose as well, It might be doing this or that… anything from plumbing to writing — but I begin to believe, more and more, that we are here to make Peace.

We do a lousy job at it. Perhaps because of that, the world is letting us know just exactly how much it needs us to play an active role in Peacemaking.

I don’t know exactly what that role looks like, but I do know it’s necessary. Pick up a newspaper. Look around your town. Check out the environment. The world needs us. It needs me. It needs you. We’ll do different things. But we all must be about the business of Peace. Every day.

And because Peace is hard work, we should probably also take a few naps along the way, and spend some time dipping our toes in a body of water or racing around a field. It’ll make us happier. Being happier will make us a better Peacemaker, don’t you think?

So, next time you see a dog snoozing, remind yourself that naps help us get ready for the other things we need to do. Peacemaking, for the pups and for us.


Sad, but Determined Peace

Our world is out of balance.

The only way that’s going to change is when white, privileged people decide it’s time for it to be different.

It’s not easy. In fact, it’s quite a hard task. You learn things about yourself you’d rather not know… indeed you learn things about yourself you’ve gone a life time trying not to learn.

How much unmissed potential can we bear? How many dead children? How many folk incarcerated? how much hatred before we’re completely stunted?

Our world is not only out of balance, it’s in a shambles. There is so much work to do — and ours are the hands and hearts and minds of Peace.

Let us Peace.