The Astrology Page Blog: Peace in the World

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Peace in the World

Most of the major cites are getting pretty frazzled this week. I'm hearing stories about people getting stuck in traffic or fighting over parking spaces. It's not unusual to spend 45 mintues on a road when it should be a three mintue ride. Think peace and look for the calm.

Here is a message that I got from the Omega institute by way of the Organic Garden Cafe. Pass it around.

By now, most of us have probably heard the story about the Christmas Truce of 1914 on the front lines of World War I. Many say it is one of the most remarkable incidents of World War I, and perhaps of all military history.

The story goes that starting in some places on Christmas Eve and in others on Christmas Day, the truce covered as much as two-thirds of the British-German front, with thousands of soldiers taking part. Perhaps most remarkably, it grew out of no single initiative but sprang up in each place spontaneously and independently.

British and German soldiers climbed from their muddy trenches, exchanged cigarettes, food, jokes, beer. With the truce in full swing up and down the line, there were a number of recorded games of soccer. The truce lasted all day in most places; in others it went on for another day or even a few more days. And then, at one point, a German captain fired two shots into the air, and the war was on again.

Peace in the world remains a precious thing these days. But this story reveals how we can each bring peace into our lives and out into the world: We can choose peace. It just doesn’t happen. We have to make it happen. And it’s up to each of us.

In his renowned book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl wrote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” If we choose to have an attitude of peace in our daily lives, this can go a long way toward neutralizing the insidious way violence creeps into each of us, and help end the idea that fighting and war is the answer to any human conflict.

As the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago:

If there is to be peace in the world,There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,There must be peace in the heart.

This holiday season—and beyond—we can each become messengers of peace by bringing peace into our hearts so that there may be peace in the world.

I wish you all peace and joy. Susan


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