CREATING PEACE

Creating peace involves thinking  about what matters, a major Emotional Fitness skill,  before acting. Faith keeps us strong, but intolerant faiths are destroying our world.

Thinking your way is the only way, is not the way to peace. All who think so, need to think again.
IMAGE  BY: A strange place called home.

I am grateful most Christians are no longer willing to kill to impose their faith.

I am also aware that throughout the ages religion has been the tool of those using religion to gain power. I call these the  greedy.  Very few are interested in religion except as a tool to incite crowds.

I read a sentence recently in Hillel Halkin’s Melisande! What Are Dreams?    The sentence was in response to a woman’s saying because she was unable to have children, “God should be punished for punishing her.”   Her lover said, “…God was already punished enough.”

I think whatever God is or Gods or Goddesses exist, all must weep that we humans have failed to create peace.  In my heart I know partly that is because those I call the power greedy and world class bullies will do what those of us who are kinder and more caring people refuse to do.

This post was initially sparked by the quotes  found on long time Internet friend Dorian Cole’s face book page.  But news today that the Taliban tried to murder Malala Yousafzaia  a fourteen year old girl, known for promoting education made my need to post it more compelling.

Image from the NYTimes story Read it here.

Here are the quotes Dorian posted which became all the more compelling after reading Malala Yousafzaia’s story:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
                                                              Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
 
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
                                                                                              Frank Outlaw Watch your attitudes 
 
Characters live to be noticed. People with character notice how they live.   
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                    Nancy Moser
 
Don’t tell me what you believe in. Show me what you’ve done and I’ll tell you what you believe in.    
                                                                                                                       John Boccieri’s mother.

EMOTIONAL FITNESS THOUGHTS

Practice kindness in all the ways you can.

Practice gratitude for much has been given.

Check reality for there are those who will kill all peace and freedom fighters without a second thought.

Consider that  the need to be less kind at times in order to preserve a greater kindness.

Minimally, always speak out against intolerance; silence is collusion.

STAYING STRONG

I work hard to be generous and kind.  I do not always succeed, but when I do it strengthens me.  Even very small kindnesses such as liking, commenting, sharing what I read on the various social media sites I am linked to.

One more quote:

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
 
                                                                                                                                          Leo Bugscalia
 

nd this post helpful, do any of the above.  I promise your kindness is always repaid. Mine has been.

Katherine

DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY

Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much.  Take their advice and mine carefully.  Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart.  Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others.  As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.

DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

If  you need perfect posts, you will not find them  here;  I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what  like me.  Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability,   If  you hang in with me, thank you; you are k

3 Comments

  1. I am a Buddhist and I have a different apprehension of what the words “belief” and “faith” mean. I would like to share a quote with you and your readers.

    “Belief…is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or (will or) wish to be… Belief is fervent hope, and thus a cover-up for doubt and uncertainty.

    Faith is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown.

    Belief clings, but faith let’s go…faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception. If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go. ” — Alan Watts

Agree or disagree, comments are always welcomed.