When I started my B4Peace journey I thought it would be 12 months long, a chance to do something different and connect my work to something more widespread. It was a chance to think about the part of me that yearns to speak up against the negatives I see in the world.
It didn’t always work out that way, and the link to my writing hasn’t always been at the forefront of my posts, but I am glad I got involved.
This could have been my last post. However I recently saw that a new year of blogging for peace is ready to roll out, with a new set of challenges.
So this month’s challenge – to plan a party for peace – is not the fond farewell it might have been. Instead it’s a New Year celebration, with fairy lights and fireworks.
There were a lot of things to consider for this party for peace. Who would be there, as guests or as performers? What would be discussed? Where would it be?
When I looked back at all my peace posts this year, I realised I’ve spent the last year preparing for these questions!
There will be a big banner signalling the purpose of the event. The entertainment will include poetry, thoughtful music, restful music, and art . We can really look at the world around us, engage in the moment, and create new entertainment too.
The whole world will be invited, of course – because forgiving, and accepting, is a path to peace; by forgiving, we educate others. By showing kindness even to those who have hurt us, we become ambassadors for peace.
At the end of my party, I’ll give everyone a party bag to take home, with two presents inside. One will be a seed of peace, to be planted wherever the ground is bare. The other will be a word of peace, ready to use when needed.
Oh, and there will be cake in there too; it’s not a party bag without cake!
I will carry on blogging about peace through 2014, and look forward to seeing what challenges Kozo comes up with for the next 12 months…
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