Peace Is An Inside Job
World peace is a nice idea, but when news of conflicts from around the world are so abundant on my screens I can find myself drowning in despair.
I’ve learned some simple tricks to help me foster peace in a battle-torn world. First of all, the world is not responsibility. Of course people are suffering, yet just because I know about it doesn’t mean I should do something about it. I have choices.
Someone once told me, “detachment is the key to peace.” When I read a headline about homeless people in the cold I have two choices: do something about it or let it go. Fretting about “what needs be done” or lashing out at someone with blame are generally not good choices; they just foster, well, fretting and blame.
The trick is to foster peace in my head rather than in the world. What can I do to foster peace at home, peace with myself? My trick: I draw a line between what I can change and what I can’t. I can’t change you, for instance. And I can’t change Congress. But I can be nice to you. And I can write to Congress......