Becoming an Everyday Ordinary Peacemaker

By Leslie Sann

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you imagine it means to be an everyday ordinary peacemaker? We tend to see a peacemaker as some high-powered diplomat sent to converse with an opposing force—something outside of ourselves to do the work of peace.

In truth, there is no peace but the peace that dwells within. The way each one of us can take responsibility for bringing greater peace to the planet is to learn how to quiet, calm, embrace, and love everything inside of us.

This goes back to choosing to be a victim of external forces or choosing to be a creative, responsible human being. The only thing we can influence is ourselves.

If each of us were willing to take responsibility for our experience in the world, the world would be a different place. We’d stop blaming others for our circumstances and instead embrace our experience from a place of upliftment, learning, and growth.

Take something appearing in your life right now as a block, restriction, unfortunate occurrence, or difficult relationship. Notice how you are relating to the issue. You will often discover that you are arguing with it, fighting it, or resisting it.

Remember, “the issue is not the issue; how we relate to it is the issue.” If you are arguing with, fighting against, or resisting, that’s your issue! That is what you are creating. And what you focus on increases.

Would you like to create peace? Then, learn how to move to the peace that is always present within you.

When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
~ The Dalai Lama

Yours from Planet Joy & Peace,