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Quote This – A B4Peace Affair

Everyday Gurus monthly peace challenge looks at quotations this month with the goal being to produce quick moments of inspiration as a reminder to continue in the practice of peaceful living. Kozo mentions our quotations may come from any source:

books quotations – poems – sayings – song lyrics – mantras – personal sayings – movie lines – scriptures – anything you heard, read, saw or created.

I find encouraging words from the scripture verse, Isaiah 52:7:

Isaiah 52;7

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Sheri Bigelow writes, “In a new post specifically for this  [Weekly Photo] challenge, share a photo that means CAREFREE to you!

swing carefree

Dylan smiles
happy peace greeter
whimsy days

Dylan hangs –
forget all worries
swing carefree

dylan carefree

Dylan wants to know – how do your carefree days swing? 🙂


One Good Thing About Music…A B4 Peace Monthly Challenge

In August, everyday gurus looks at music for the Monthly Peace Challenge. Kozo writes, “Post anything about the intersection of music and peace.”

Peace and music…hmm, talk about a wide range to cover. With so many popular songs about peace, it would be best, I thought, to narrow the selection to holiday songs.

(Psst, Christmas is coming around soon!)

For me, a holiday song that comes first to mind and invokes a real sense of peace is the classic song, Silent Night.

Most of us have heard many variations performed on this old song; with the melody written in 1818 (and, imagine, it is still a big HIT!) by Franz Xavier Gruber and lyrics done by Father Joseph Mohr, but my favorite all-time version is by the band Pink Martini.

In this video you will hear the original German lyrics, followed by Arabic and English versions sung oh, so beautiful but hey, take a look for yourself…

Since stories fill my head, for one little girl, Sasha, the song Silent Night is both a special song celebrating the birth of the Divine Savior and the start of her new love life.

“In the morning,” Sasha says, “when I look outside my bedroom window, Charlie, the mouse catcher cat, usually finds some way to curl himself into a neat ball to snooze the day away. I bet he dreams up wicked cat and mouse chases!

“I knew it was far too early, but my family decided that in the month of August, since my adoption was finally happening, we would celebrate our family Christmas. I cannot describe what joy, love and excitement it all is when you finally know you have a forever home; it is like the ultimate holiday gift.”

Every first weekend in August, Sasha’s family gathers around the beautiful pre-lit evergreen artificial Christmas tree. As Sasha wipes away a tear, she leans close into her mother’s arms as they all sing Silent Night.

“Thank you,” Sasha says as she looks up at her mom and dad. She whispers, “This is the peace from heaven I always dreamed about.”

Charlie brushes by Sasha’s ankles. He looks up at her, his yellow colored eyes full of love and purrs in agreement.

What holiday song brings a sense of peace to your heart?

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Monthly Peace Challenge: June Peace at Home

Russell Coates Art Gallery Bournemouth

Photo credit: Martin Beek via Flickr

The reporter asked the actor, “With your great success and growing family, is it possible for you to find peace in your own home?”

“That depends,” the actor said, as he handed an autographed napkin to a female fan; home can have different meanings. My home that stays constantly at peace is the one Tad Williams once wrote about…”

“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.”

You know,” the actor opens into a roaring laugh, “I have a new wife expecting any day and three teenage boys at home. If there is peace at home, I must work hard to find it!” He lingers in thought for a moment. “But seriously, yeah, I actually do find peace, even through the most chaotic day.”

The eager reporter asked, “Briefly, if you don’t mind, sir, how do you find this peace?”

“Well, it took a long time, but once I embraced contradictions and tensions as precious gifts, peace just happened. Now I understand the words of Joss Whedon in his 2013 Wesleyan commencement address. It is in our nature to have, according to Whedon, “inner paradoxes of which we’re all woven…”

The actor continued his dialogue summarizing Whedon’s words, “The tension is our body naturally wanting to die, you know, on a cellular level, but something drives us and shouts, no! Go out and achieve great things for yourself and the world.”

According to Whedon:

“…this ability to recognize and embrace our inner conflicts and bipolar tensions…is a blessing rather than a curse.”

…You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key – not only to consciousness, but to real growth.

…This contradiction, and this tension, it never goes away….Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict. If you accept that, everything gets a lot better.

Suddenly a cell phone rings and the actor excitedly answers, “I’m on my way, honey!”

“Listen, it is my wife. She’s in labor. I gotta run. Hey, I hope I answered your question. You should check out Whedon ’87 Delivers 181st Commencement Address. He lays it out straight:

“Don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.”

The reporter closed up her notebook and thought, in all we do, no matter where we call home, contradiction and tension is always there to honor and acknowledge. If I learn to understand my own inconsistencies and not judge others for theirs, then, my inner peace remains an active part wherever I go.

Headed back to her office, the reporter smiled. Assignment completed.

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If you liked this post on exploring peace at home, you may want to visit and join in the Monthly Peace Challenge hosted by Everyday Gurus

Thank you!

The Art of Kindness

“Peace begins with a smile.”

~Blessed Mother Teresa

"Sharing smile!"

Photo credit: abhiomkar

The art of kindness starts within me
Ready smiles to radiate
PEACE to the weary
-A boost to the discouraged
-pure sunshine to the sad


Mainly, it is an opportunity to stay disciplined
To master this art of giving away something small as a heart-warming smile
A simple and free gift I cannot buy at any price
However, once acquired and given freely
I have the power within
To radically transform those around me

I can give hope, courage, love
And best of all…
To calm a storm of turmoil and
Embrace the heart with a hug

smiles all around


The art of kindness
Is within me…
and YOU…

Together, we can harness its power–
let us go forth sharing our smiles
And celebrate

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What other acts of kindness can we incorporate into our lives?

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Every month, members from a community called, , offer up at least one post a month specifically to peace.

Host, KOZO, suggested January posts be about our own practice on kindness that hopefully lead into a more peace-filled existence.

St. Therese of Lisieux once said, “Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace.”

“We can make a difference–right here, right now…to create more peace in the world in 2013…” please visit We Can Make A Difference… for details on becoming an angel of peace. 

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708 Fulton Cafe

Copyright Jean L. Hays

Copyright Jean L. Hays

Every morning, Christa’s faithful six: Mr. and Mrs. Durbin, the oldest married couple in town; Rick, the recently widowed town mayor; Janice, the retired schoolteacher and freelance writers, Jeff Evans and Dawn Boyd anxiously waited for her café doors to open at seven.

The boisterous, happy conversations between them were like most mornings; as Christa served them their usual orders, she finally realized a sense of peace she never dreamed possible.

No one noticed the tall stranger as he entered.

“Hello, Christa. Did I give you permission to leave me?”

Her dishes dropped; Christa’s peace lay shattered on the ground.

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