Short and Sweet:

Tips for living the abundant life

Another Coffee from the July 1990 Deep Cove Crier

Peace Within,  Peace On Earth

President Herbert Hoover once said "Peace is not made at the council tables, or by treaties, but in the hearts of men and women." Benjamin Franklin said "He who would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees." All of us want peace. All of us want harmony and understanding and love. The problem with such noble desires is that they conflict with other less noble desires. For example, we all prefer to have things our own way. We donít want our privacy invaded. We donít want anyone to infringe upon our rights. Such notions may be well and good until my rights and freedoms becomes your oppression and injustice.

Most of us in todayís society have been raised to deeply value freedom of choice. Some people tend to, live as if there should be no limits whatsoever to their freedoms and choices. Where does oneís freedoms end in a democratic society? Where does my right to swing my fist end? Where your nose begins .... In a small area like Seymour/Deep Cove, it is easy for people to get their nose out of joint.  It is easy for one person or group within this area to offend another person or group. At such times, forgiveness, humility, and active listening are essential to genuine peacemaking.

Where can lasting peace be found in our wounded and fractured world?  Click to find out moreÖ


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