Looking at my calendar for the week ahead, I spotted a pale grey notation in the corner of my agenda. On Saturday, September 21st, 2013, we celebrate the International Day of Peace. This is the 36th year that the UN has set aside the 3rd Saturday of September to reflect on creating more peace in our world.
We share a planet; 99.9% of our genes are identical; and on every continent there are spiritual and religious practices that echo the importance of loving one another. Yet there has never been a recorded time in history where there was world wide peace. Too often we operate as though we are separate from one another and that we must compete. We ignore the “interconnectedness” of our world.
Let it begin with me!
Conflict Resolution 101 begins by finding a common ground and/or gaining insight into the other person’s point of view. Violent people are afraid of losing. They don’t feel heard, important or understood. They lash out their pain or fears against others. Just acknowledging a person’s pain can decrease the violence and increase opportunities for reconciliation!
This year, the United Nations has declared that the remedy to world violence is education. I believe in our younger generation! If we can give them the tools, I feel that they can take this tired world to a more peaceful place. If we educate our children in the ways of peace-making and love towards mankind, we can impact families, communities, cities, countries and the world.
On September 21, let us all practice being the model of peace and understanding to one another. Reduce the separation, increase Peace!
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace