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Live In Peace

April 6, 2017

Romans 12:18 states: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

After writing about the passing of my biggest fan last week, a friend reminded everyone on FaceBook we always say R.I.P. (rest in peace) to those who have gone before us. However, imagine how amazing life would be if we L.I.P. (live in peace) while we still breathe. The positive consequences of this alone would impact the course of humanity for all generations yet to come. In fact, organizations around the globe are dedicated to this very paradigm.

Unfortunately, it’s highly probable global reform will remain forever unattainable. Even though countless beauty pageant contestants have hoped for ‘world peace’…sadly, the answer has become cliché. Tragic to realize something as advantageous to life as a peaceful existence, is, in our civilized society, still unachievable.

Yet, for my own curiosity and to pass it along to you, I researched war. Asking Google to tell me how many wars have been fought since the dawn of humanity. Should have known the actual number is unknown, however, I found a rough guesstimate to be in excess of three thousand spanning 3,700 years. Granted this number doesn’t include unrecorded events. What is more disturbing is the loss of life attributed to war totals a staggering 8% of the world population.

Of course, these findings are global. However, why not start where we are most familiar? Our smaller, more immediate world. This real estate includes everyone that touches our lives in some manner. Family, friends, and co-workers are obvious. But what about the people we pass on the street. The salesperson waiting on us when we purchase a product. Representatives who answer the phone when we have a product question. Strangers we sit beside at an event. The mechanic who fixes our car. People we meet at parties. Stewards on a plane. Cashiers in the grocery store. Tellers at the bank. Nurses and doctors in the hospital. The possibilities of contact with another human being are endless.

Frankly, there’s no way around it. Everything we do includes interacting with another human being for a moment, a few hours or a life time. Life cannot be lived any other way. We can’t avoid human contact altogether. Even hermits aren’t completely off the grid since it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid contact with anyone, ever.

Therefore, if each one of us commits to living peacefully in our corner of the world by offering respect and kindness to everyone we encounter the ripple effect of living in peace could expand exponentially. Engulfing everyone in its path. How appealing does a world without tension, strife, prejudice, and animosity sound to you? Sounds like it should already be that way to me.

Friends, next time you’re inclined to use R.I.P. when someone has passed on remember, commit to L.I.P. (live in peace). A life where compassion, consideration and compromise defeat the causes of arrogant unkindness that plagues humanity. Committing to living in peace, within ourselves, as well as everyone we come into contact with, there’s no doubt it will change the world. Even if it’s only the part we call ours. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

I believe world peace is attainable, or at the very least, a more peaceful world. Yes, if each one of us does our part. That’s where it starts. Within each of us. The next step is up to you. Reach out from your heart. Be kind. Show compassion. Live in harmony amongst each other. Regard strangers as friends. We are all in this together. We can…live in peace.

Can you imagine…a peaceful world for our children and theirs?

Smile…it’s a great place to start.

CanYouImagine@charter.net

www.Facebook.com/BobbiGspeaks

 

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