Be Kind B4 Peace Post ( Jan)
This is my contribution to the Bloggers For Peace Challenge initiated by Kozo for the Month of January.
Bloggers for Peace is campaign to spread awareness and ultimately peace. Let’s make Peace Viral. You can click any of the two links above to read more about this viral campaign and join the movement. My quick synopsis for you, once a month post a blog entry solely dedicated to Peace. It can be anything, songs, stories, art, political issues…anything you wish. Tag your post B4Peace and add active pingbacks to that monthly challenge post. Also, to help spread awareness include someone’s else peace post inside your own. As the movement grows, we hope to eventually see a peace post everyday. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?
I’ve been antsy about this Peace Post. I struggled with what to write about. I was indecisive. I wanted to write this profound and sophisticated analytical post full with resources and information.
This isn’t that post.
I decided to start simple, start at the core.
Start with myself.
I truly believe Peace starts from within ourselves. Once we find peace without ourselves, only than can we go out into the world and share peace with others. Yes, I believe it can be that simple. If we each focus on ourselves, strive to be better individuals we can then go out into the world and affect our friends and loved ones…and even complete strangers.
But, we cannot endorse positivity when we are full of negativity. We need to find our peace first. Once you do, we can than inspire others. Be kind to yourself. Then be kind to others.
Paying it forward should be second nature. However, in today’s world, sadly it is not. We should strive to treat others kindly. It is not our place to horde judgement onto other people. Just because someone may look, and even act, a certain way doesn’t mean they do not need nor deserve our kindness. Give kindness a chance even in the unlikely of places. Being kind isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it takes great courage to be kind. We need to be strong. Everyone deserves to feel the effects of being treated with peace and acceptance. No one deserves to be outcast-ed and neglected. For this month, I urge you all to be kind to yourself and then pay it forward and be kind to others, even its not easy.
I know it may not be easy to extend a hand to strangers. I’m not telling you to go up to random people and offer extreme grand gestures. No. It can be a simple smile. Offer your subway seat to someone who has alot of bags. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Say good morning.
I would like to preset to you an organization that I have longed admired..The Free Hugs Campaign.
It’s a beautiful campaign. Sometimes all it takes is a hug to better a person’s day. With this campaign, the walls are brought down and complete strangers come together to offer the best thing we have to offer another person, human compassion.
Yes, a little ol’ hug. A hug can go a very long way and you never know how much comfort and reassurance is engrossed within that embrace.
I believe human compassion is a step in the right direction, in peace. We often want change in the world, a answer or stop to all the pain and suffering in the world. We may not have the power and ability to reach and halt the world’s pain. But we most definitely have the power to help individuals we know and encounter. A hug can go a long way.
So that’s my two cents folks. Be kind. Extend a helping hand. Embrace and console a friend. Be there for someone, even if it’s not easy. If we can share human compassion with others, then maybe, just maybe, that person will pay it forward as well, feel inspired to be there for someone as you were there for them. Like dominoes falling over, we can spread peace and love and compassion until it takes off like wild fire.
I would like to end this post with shinning a spot light on a fellow Blogger for Peace. Please click here to see’s EJ’s Peace Post. Thank you!