It's the day for BlogBlastforPeace!! Yay! To read other peace blogs today, just click over to dear Mimi's blog. She started this whole "blasted" thing. ♥
I read the English translation for Dona Nobis Pacem and it is "Give us Peace."
I have to say that I don't like the phrase as much now. It implies passivity on our part. It implies that the peace must come from somewhere outside of our control. Some of it must, of course, as we deal with other human beings in this world for whom peace is not a priority, but most of it must come from within us.
I don't think it's something that is given as a gift. Peace is a mindset that we put into practice (or not) on a decision by decision basis. Every moment of every day we are making decisions that affect our own personal peace, the peace of friends, family, coworkers or others in our community and these decisions spiral out and affect the world.
It's not a matter of waiting passively for some being outside of us to grant us peace. It's a matter of choosing peace in the little things as well as the big things.
At least some bit of world peace is up to each of us.
Peace begins with a smile.
Have you ever felt the relief when someone you thought was angry with you smiled at you?
Have you felt the calming effects of a smile from someone you love when you're feeling nervous?
Little things can have huge impact.
Little pats on the shoulder.
A little forgiveness.
A little understanding.
A little minding our own business.
A little reaching out.
A little centering.
A little love.
A little magick. :)
It's all up to us today.