Friday, January 21, 2011

A Spirit of Peace

A lot of terrible things happened while my darling teen and I were snowbound. The shooting in Tucson, the deaths of innocents, the devastating floods in Australia, the ongoing wars, and the tensions between nations.

I can't help everyone, but I can try to advocate giving where we can to those who are affected by these situations. Yes, I have my personal beliefs and political leanings, but I believe we are all more alike than we are different. Most people want to do good, not evil. I blogged about Peace on Earth on Christmas Eve with the Romance Magicians, my Southern Magic blog group. You can read about it here. If you want to help the people affected by the floods in Australia, check out The Pink Heart Society's efforts to get books to Australia.

This year as we pursue our goals and our reach for our dreams, let's try to live a life filled with a spirit of giving and a heart filled with understanding. Let's look for ways to connect with other people. Building bridges is so much better than tearing them down.

9 comments:

Melanie Dickerson said...

I so agree, Christine! Most people are so bent on making their own (flawed) opinions heard that they don't care about the feelings of others. And when you throw insanity (or maybe demonic influence) into the mix, you get tragic shootings and people flying planes into buildings. But that's just my (possibly flawed) opinion! LOL!

Whenever I see tragedies, like the floods in Australia, it just makes me want to be kind to people! I have a very compassionate heart, which actually gets me in trouble sometimes. But I wanted to say I agree with you. I'm a pretty uptight person, but I'm learning to tap into the Spirit of peace. May God bless you with peace, Christine! Today and always.

Pam said...

Great post, Christine. I will admit that sometimes I get so caught up in the goings-on in my little corner of the earth that ignore the rest of the great big world. It's partly a coping mechanism; tragedy and mayhem overwhelm and depress me, and then I'm no good to anybody. I don't watch crime shows or read murder mysteries for the same reason. But a little more awareness is definitely in order here. Thanks for the reminder.

Katherine Bone said...

Peace. It's a great dream, isn't it?

It's so hard for me to understand what motivates people. Our world puts a lot of value on tolerance, but that mind-set often opens us up to being blind-sided by those who have taken it upon themselves to be heard, no matter the consequence.

One can only pray for peace and live by example. It only takes a tiny spark to light up a dark room. ;)

Christine said...

Hi Melanie: I love your compassionate heart! I know you will always make your corner of the world a better place because of it!

Christine said...

Pam: I avoid really violent shows and books because I can't let my mind take in that kind of darkness. But I do try to be aware of the problems in the world so I can try to do better in my own corner of the world. We can't change everything. We can only change ourselves.

Christine said...

Kathy: You're right about others being determined to be heard. Having a spirit of peace doesn't mean I advocate sticking our heads in the sand and denying that they exist. I encounter them in small ways in my own world and read about them in big ways in the greater world. I can only respond to that level of determination with my own determination to let good win over it through actions, thoughts and deeds.

:-)

Christine said...

Note to my readers: I had an anonymous comment that did not reflect the spirit of my post and was meant to inflame people with his/her opinion. I have no fear of honest debate, but I prefer that debate to be name to name or face to face. I will delete all negative, anonymous comments from this blog.

Gwen Hernandez said...

Well put. And I agree with your decision to delete anonymous, inflammatory posts. It's your space.

Christine said...

Hi Gwen: Thanks! I appreciate your support. Amazing how a post about trying to make the world a better place brings out the most interesting results.

:-)