Thursday, 5 November 2009

Dona Nobis Pacem 2009 ... Peace Starts Here

...When I first started looking for ideas for this year's Peace Globe Day I went browsing worldwide symbols of Peace. What surprised me was discovering how many of those symbols stir up anger or even fear.

The Nuclear Disarmament symbol is considered evil by some...
...and the white poppy has its own hate group on Facebook.

How can a peace symbol have a hate group? Why would anyone misinform the masses into believing that a peace symbol is evil?

It seems to boil down to two main misconceptions:
  1. Pacifism is the easy way out – flight not fight.
  2. Those who wear Peace symbols must hate soldiers and have no respect for those who die in combat.
Anyone who thinks standing up for your beliefs against opposition is running away has clearly never tried it. As for seeing any Peace symbol as a hate symbol? How ridiculous and sad.

I wanted to wear a white poppy this year because I have loved ones who have fought in wars, not in spite of them.

In “spite” of them…

Says it all doesn’t it? You cannot blog for Peace in spite, you can only claim Peace with empathy and sympathy.

  • I blog for Peace because I have a 26 year old friend who has war injuries that will cause him problems for the rest of his life.
  • I blog for Peace in memory of friends and relatives who have fought and died so that others could live in a better world than they did.
  • I blog for Peace because ordinary people die in conflicts while politicians argue over which choices will bring them the most power and financial gain.
  • But mostly I blog for Peace because I want a better future for our world's children.

Peace is more than a lack of wars and terrorism. Peace is a lack of wanting, or needing, to cause violent harm. Peace is realising we aren’t countries, cultures or religions who need to overcome and subdue each other – we are one planet that needs to work together in order to have a future for our children.

Every mother wants a positive future for her children… the Earth as Mother is no different.

I had intended to use the white poppy for my Peace Globe, but the Earth Mother image took over along the way... Mother knows best? ;-) Goodness knows thinking of the Earth as our Mother certainly made me look beyond the surface issues of this planet we all share. That in turn led me to create the video about what Peace really means to me.

All good mothers understand that children need to claim responsibility for their own actions in order to grow up to be responsible adults. Good mothers know that pointing a finger and saying, “It’s their fault” or “He/She made me do it” never solves anything. Good mothers teach their children concepts like sharing, being considerate of others and good manners. What a different world this would be if countries acted more like mothers and less like global powers.

Peace alludes us when we chase after it because it never was out “there”. Just as creation of life starts within, the responsibility of creating Peace starts within each and every one of us.

Peace starts here - it starts with you.


storyteller said...

Lovely post ;-)
I add my voice to yours and others and have participated with different Peace Globes on each of my 4 blogs this year.
Hugs and blessings,

Travis Cody said...

As I've told you, your Peace Globe is one of the most striking that I've come across during my involvement with the Blog Blast movement. And your post is excellent.

Nessa said...

Beautiful post.

Dona Nobis Pacem & Thursday Thirteen

Amias (ljm and liquidplastic) said...

Thanks to you, this year I am participating for the first time. You do have a beautiful globe.


Unknown said...

What a lovely post. Wishing you Miles of Smiles and Peace to you and yours.

Unknown said...

Beautiful post! Thanks, Michelle!

Carver said...

This was a beautiful post! I agree with you so much. Peace to you and yours, Carver

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Thank you for participating in the BlogBlast For Peace!
You have brought us one of the more memorable Peace globes and videos this year Michelle - Peace to you today and always


Anndi said...

Michelle, you are truly a kindred spirit. I'm blessed and overjoyed that Our Mother set you in my path.

Connie said...

Wonderful post, Michelle. You said it all very well. Wishing you peace today and always.

Raven said...

Sorry I'm a day late. Beautiful post. The video is profound and the statistics devastating. Great post. Thank you.

j said...

"Peace is a lack of wanting, or needing, to cause violent harm."

Michelle this was such a well written post. I too am surprised at people's reaction to a "peace movement." So few within my blogging circle of friends participated. I was amazed by that. WHAT is not to love about PEACE??? Even if it is just peace in your heart and not on a world level... what isn't desirable about that???

Your phrase "Peace Starts Here" struck a chord with me and I plan to carry that forward in my day to day life.

PEACE Michelle!

Michelle said...

It was last year's Peace Globes that led me to finding your lovely blog. What a joy these events are. Hugs and love to you.

Hi Travis and Nessa

Thank you both, very much.

I'm so behind in reading everyone's posts, but looking forward to a good read this weekend!


You're welcome, my friend. And thank you. Peace (and hugs) to you!

Hi Adelle

Thank you. Peace to you too.
Thank you, dear friend.

Hi Carver
Thank you. Peace wishes to you.

Participating is a privilege and a joy. Thank you for your very kind praise.

Hi Anndi : )
All I can say is... me too. The best part of the Peace Globes is meeting the wonderful people behind the dream.

Thank you! Wishing you peace too. X

Hi Raven
I'm late in replying and reading myself this year. Thank you for the kind words. Love and peace wishes to you.

I think too many people get the wrong idea about peace movements, which is such a pity. Best Peace wishes to you! and thanks for reminding... Peace starts here, with me ... with us all.

Bogey said...

I cannot say anything that can expound on the compliments that have already been bestowed upon you. Your efforts in this endeavour tells me how seriously you take this into your heart. One thing that saddens me is how, people in general, treat the wearing of a Poppy as an annual event as opposed to a daily reminder. Especially as we head into our Rememberance Day next week. Marvelous job Michelle.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

This is a fairly common topic this year. I like your message, and completely understand it.

" The responsibility of creating Peace starts within each and every one of us ... "

I love it!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Very beautiful and moving Blog Blast for Peace Michelle!
*May there be Peace on Earth*
Brightest of Blessings Always!
oxo ~*~ Patty

RennyBA's Terella said...

What a great contribution and a wonderful globe too!

Thanks for your visit and nice comment - glad you liked the idea of The Oslo Blog Gathering 2010! You want to join us?

Michelle said...

Hi Bogey
Thank you and yes, we need to remember all year, not only for a day or a week. Or perhaps we just need to throw out the junk we all carry in our hearts so that there's more room for the good stuff, like Peace.

Hi Speedcat
Thank you and best Peace day blessing to you. :-)

Hi Patty
Thank you. ((hug))

RennyBA's Terella s

Thank you for the kind words and personal invite. I would love to join, but not sure at this stage if I could. Would you please come back and remind me closer to the time?

May I pass the info on to my European blogger friends?

RennyBA's Terella said...

Dear Michelle,
Invitation for The Oslo Blog Gathering is for each and everyone in Blogsphere. I want to gather as many as possible from all over the world.
So pleas pass it and you're welcome to use the logo at the official program page!

Robin said...

Your globe is stunning. I hope you're able to find a measure of the inner peace that this has brought to me and others as you face what life is throwing at you this year.

Michelle said...

Thanks Renny

I will pass it on. :-)

Hi Robin
Thank you. Best of wishes for Peace and all good things to you too.

Mojo said...

One other symbol of peace that was tarnished by evil was the "swastik", regarded by Hindus as a symbol of peace for centuries -- even millenia -- before Hitler co-opted it for his own evil purposes. (The Nazi "swastika" by accident or by design, faces the opposite direction however.)

But may I just say that I LOVE what you did with your globe? Truly original, beautifully simple. And simply beautiful.

Michelle said...

Hi Mojo

Good point about the bent cross shape. (I know it has a name, but my brain won't cough it up)

Well, we lose one peace symbol... we'll invent a new one! Evil is not going to win this one. ;-)

Thank you for the praise. That globe did come out lovely. It just... clicked.

Mimi Lenox said...

As you know, I've been taken with this globe since I first saw it. The Earth Mother theme prevailed this year - intrinsic change and internal revolution - that has been this year's cry. Last year was revolution. This year has been evolution.

I am so glad we got to know each other better this peace globe launch. The Bees! The Bees!

I will be back again and again to read this wonderful post. A truly memorable BlogBlast.

The white poppy, while a worthy idea for your globe, will just have to wait until next year. You have a winner here. It is stunning, as is your post.

Hugs to you and lots of love,


Michelle said...

Hi Mimi :-)

I'm in awe at how you are managing to view and reply so beautifully to every Peace glober (I've seen you scattered across the globe-osphere on my travels in blogland)

I love this...

Last year was revolution. This year has been evolution.

Yeah! :-)