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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.
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
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.
Next in person meeting