Today, September 21st, we celebrate International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day. It seems incredibly fitting that these holidays fall on the same day – the world would certainly be filled with gratitude if we had actual peace each and every day. Peace is something everyone would hope for and be grateful for.
No one is born with evil within. We are born, filled with love towards everyone and everything around us. But instead of just following our hearts full of light, we keep feeding ourselves with darkness over and over again. When did we stop to judge people by their personality and started to consider the color of their skin? What urged us to acknowledge someone as an enemy just because of the place they were born in?
Isn’t Earth the only place all of us were born in? We have to appreciate peace to the only world we have. When there is love and peace there are no boundaries and limitations. Despite our current state, we still enjoy peace. So let us give love and peace to celebrate the international day of Peace.
Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, and has been considered extensively by moral philosophers such as Adam Smith.
Let us be grateful for the peace we are enjoying today and be thankful for the people who fought for this peace, the peacemakers. Be thankful for your community, to your neighbors and of course we have to practice Internal-Gratitude and give yourself some Love!
A little background:
World Gratitude Day…. was started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group. It’s a time to celebrate your existence, passions, local hero’s, relatives, friends and all the little things that bring joy into your everyday existence. (New York Daily News).
International Day of Peace: The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. (UN.org).
Ending poverty, protecting the planet, and prosperity for all – ambitious goals to say the least. Being grateful for out blessings – also an ambitious goal and one we should practice everyday.
What a wonderful world it would be if we all worked to end poverty by committing to community service, fundraising, education for all, and micro loans. What a wonderful world it would be if we all committed to recycling, planting community gardens, reducing or eliminating meat consumption, and eating organic. What a wonderful world it would be if we made a gratitude list each and every day. Even better – what a wonderful world it would be if we shared that gratitude list with everyone around us, instead of sharing our negativity lists.
Colossians 3:15 (NRSV): And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
Be peacemakers. Love your neighbor. Protect each other.
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