Give Peace a Year – Meeting eighteen

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Photo by 金金 陶 at unsplash.com

With the aim of peace everywhere,

 starting here, now, transforming violence and conflict of needs  in life, one word, thought or deed at a time.

And because

it’s not the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy

for balance, things that warmed our hearts and made life a pleasure.

 

Starting where transformation is needed.

Examples from the group of peace lovers this week on Thursday 3rd November

 

Taking my sister to see an unexpectedly violent film

It turned out to be a whole lot more violent and about war than I thought it would be and shook me up a whole lot more than I expected it would. All in all a very unsettling experience. I might have left during the film had it not been that I’d taken my sister there. Actually she might have left early too… we both may have stayed just for the other.

There was no usefulness through awareness raising for me or a path to peace through the ire stirred by seeing the film. So I know for sure I’ll be checking more carefully and won’t go to see any more like that.

 

One that was a joy

Kubo and the Two Strings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4-6qJzeb3A

 

Another joy

Finding that the Chinese characters that mean peace, are like two shields representing two forces that are equal.

Equality. Peace, and a joy.

(The characters in the image above don’t say peace. I couldn’t find a publishable version of those but did want to have an image of some Chinese writing…I hope they say something peaceful…do let me know if you know).

 

Drunken family shouting

In the John Osbourne play, The Entertainer.

There was a lot of drinking, smoking and shouting which just felt dated and not very entertaining and I certainly didn’t feel peaceful while watching it.

Entertainment proving unexpectedly violent seems to be a theme this time.

 

Walks at sunset

To heal my ankles, I’ve been taking daily walks, increasing by just one minute at a time so as to build up in a super gentle way.

Now, having reached 30 minute walks twice a day, I’m in need of some variety and in looking for new routes have found one that has a view of the setting sun.  I’ve timed my second walk of the day for the half hour before sunset and so now have the pleasure of walking every day in the golden hour and, if it’s clear, seeing the sun set.

 

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Next in person meeting

Thursday 17th November, 7.30 – 9pm

The Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford

Dates for the rest of the year here
Guidelines for the group here

Email to let me know if you’re coming and we’ll keep you a seat.

 

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