Wednesday Words of Wisdom

“Offering love to those who share our paths is the most important contribution any of us can make today. It was always our most important contribution, even though we generally thought our careers or homemaking roles were more important. Isn’t it interesting that so few of us ever really understood what our real purpose was?

Some of us might wonder even now what’s so important about passing on love. It’s not that hard, is it? But honest reflection reveals how difficult loving others can actually be. To love unconditionally means we don’t leave some people out and love only those who are easy to love. Passing on love means compassion and offering undivided attention to all the people accompanying us on our journey today. It means giving everybody the benefit of the doubt if we aren’t in agreement with them. It means being willing to let others have their own opinions without trying to change them or judge them.

Loving others is more complex than many of us imagined. The good aspect of this is that we can stay busy learning to love for the rest of our lives. We’ll never be done making this contribution to society.

That’s pretty exciting.”

-Karen Casey, from Peace a Day at a Time

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Violence does not bring peace

Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

Promoting Peace in Your Community by Giving Back

Volunteer for Community

Thinking about promoting peace in your community?

One of the best ways to promote both inner peace and peace within your community is to get involved with a local community organization.

While many of us would love to promote peace by volunteering our time, sometimes we do not know where to start.

I find it best to first figure out what I’m interested in (animals, homeless, education, environment…) and then how I’ll be able to contribute (financially, serving, or with a skill like tutoring, organizing, or creating a website…)

Then I go to trusted data banks of organizations. My top 3 are: The United Way, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator.

The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. They only partner up with credible organizations and make it easy to find something that fits your skill set and interest.

http://www.unitedway.org/find-your-united-way/ 

http://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/volunteer

For those of us who don’t have the time to do all we’d like, most local charities and nonprofits have ways to easily contribute financially online, while many others also have posted wishlists.

Both Charity Navigator and GuideStar are excellent resources for determining how much of your contribution actually goes towards helping others, versus CEO paychecks.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

http://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx

Remember that whatever you choose to do will be helpful- so get out there and promote peace in your community! Carpe Diem!

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” -John Wesley

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” -Khalil Gibran