How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Monday, May 30, 2005

Inspiration to Keep Trying

"All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, not in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." -- John F. Kennedy

This is exactly why we work on peace. Because we believe in it, not because we know that our efforts will be successful. We simply believe in it to begin it. It is in the miniscule steps, in the smallest of actions.

"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work." — Thich Nhat Hanh

Someone has to start it and let it become a chain reaction. If you smile at your neighbor, your neighbor will smile at the cashier, the cashier will smile at the next customer, and so on and so on. If your neighbor didn't smile this morning, perhaps it will happen the next time you smile. Attempting to be peaceful does not end when the results are not instantaneous. Being peaceful continues with repetition in each thought, word, and action. Do not give up after one try. Do not give up after ten tries. Simply do not give up.

It begins with you and it is for you.