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For the first day this month, I did not write.

It wasn’t intended to be a day off but with preparing for my holiday in the day, and then an evening out catching up with an old school friend, I really haven’t had a chance.

I thought about sharing a picture with you but instead I decided to share a website.

It’s www.actionforhappiness.org and it’s currently one of my favourite places online.  A close friend pointed me in the direction and I think it’s a great place to start if you are looking for a way to build a more positive life.  B4Peace bloggers will probably get a real sense of joy from it!

The purpose is to increase wellbeing and it’s an important cause for me as someone seeking a more harmonious humanity.  It goes back to the Desmond Tutu quote I shared back in January: every person’s effort is part of something bigger.

So, remembering what I have been taught in the search for peace and happiness, I will not feel bad about my lack of writing today, because I was fulfilling other needs.

I will get back to it tomorrow though!

Happy writing,

EJ

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Sometimes things in the world are just beyond my comprehension.  I find myself deeply saddened by decisions made, or feel as though I have no voice, no representative who sees the world as I do.

That’s when I write, of course.  But sometimes I can’t find the words, and have to seek out someone who can say what I want to say.

So I looked for poems that would make me feel less hopeless. and found one called Peace, by George Herbert, in which a man wanders in search of peace.  The third stanza struck me for its imagery:

Then went I to a garden, and did spy

A gallant flower

The crown Imperiall: sure, said I,

Peace at the root must dwell.

But when I digg’d, I saw a worm devoure

What show’d so well.

I can’t find the words for my own poem at the moment, although I am sure I will over the coming days.

It helps to have a little poetry inspiration to guide me.

Happy writing,

EJ

 

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I am going to keep tonight’s post short.  It’s not that the subject isn’t worthy of a long post, or that I didn’t originally write enough to keep the blog going for weeks.

It’s that I would rather you spent five minutes thinking about what I’m writing than five minutes reading.

We all have our own viewpoints, shaped throughout our lives.  We all have different priorities and an eclectic mix of beliefs, traditions, languages, cultures and ambitions.  But if all we focus on is the differences, we lose sight of the important things that bring us together.

We are fellow travellers through life.  I found an article on a university website that pointed out ‘every breath you take has, at one time or another, been associated with another living organism‘.  We are, fundamentally, a part of one another.

And yet – and yet.  War, terrorism, murder, violence, hatred, bitterness: these are the defining features of millions upon millions of lives.  Differences are justifications for unbearable, unspeakable things.

I have visited this subject before, on more than one occasion.  Maybe it won’t change in my lifetime.  Maybe it will never change.  But if we could all just spend a few moments thinking about what we share in common with each other, and not think about what we don’t, it might give us hope that we can build some bridges over the vast chasms that we’ve created.

I’m going back to basics tonight, spurred on by the idea of shared breath.  I will be thinking about breathing.

I will be thinking about how the molecules that pass through me might touch another, might create a bond between us.

We are all different but we share so much.  If you want to, please feel free to share an idea or experience that is common to all of us in the comments.  Build a bond with me.

Be peaceful,

EJ

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It occurred to me today that it’s nearly New Year.  I’m not sure how that happened – it’s been such a busy one and time has passed in a blur!  I wanted to write a relevant post and had a few ideas…

So firstly, here’s a seasonal picture:

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My husband took this at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, so it’s a little bit of Hogwarts for you 🙂

 

Secondly, I hope you have all had a happy and peaceful few days.  Christmas is a focus of attention here at this time of year, but it shouldn’t take a specific date, or a specific season, for us to show our love for family and friends or to spend time enjoying each other’s company.

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to you all: followers, readers, and droppers-in!  I know this blog flits from writing to life to peace to books – but then so do I, and so do many of you it seems!  Thank you for sticking with me on this journey; I am looking forward to finding out what happens next!

Happy writing,

EJ

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This week I’ve tried to recapture some of my lost creative flow, and it’s worked, to a point…

The notebook has come out again and although I haven’t noted something every day, I have it with me for whenever an idea or image seems noteworthy! I have to go and fill in a few bits once this blog is done, so if nothing else I’m getting back into the writing habit.

The other thing I did this week was to buy myself a couple of books from a charity shop. I have a pile of things I’ve borrowed from people but I don’t like to read those in bed, or in the bath, or stuff them in my handbag and take them to work in case they get damaged. My own books, I am less nervous.

So I am hoping this will give me the impetus to get back into reading every day as well.

I am a lot busier than I have been – but that’s no reason for everything to fall down. I’m about to start week 4 in my current placement and am getting used to the long days and early (for me!) starts. Now I have acclimatised a little I should be able to work through more things and start achieving more!

I’m glad I’ve gone back to the notebook, actually; using one effectively is a skill you develop over time and I was worried that I’d lost the knack!

In other news – we’re on to book 47 of the 100 novels list – Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. I have never come across this one before, and think I might add it to the list if for no other reason than to give me an American novel of the 1920s that I can compare to The Great Gatsby (you may remember I was a little underwhelmed by that one!).  I want to see if there was still a divide in style between UK and US literature at that point, but I need more evidence to make a decision!

Also – you may have noticed I haven’t written a peace post for a while; the monthly challenges are on hold at the moment and to be truthful that has suited me as everything is so hectic at the moment.  However, I am still being mindful and trying to devote some of my time to peacefulness – I will share a post that I’ve been working on sooner or later!

And finally – a reminder, that I’m looking for possible guest blog posts for when I am away during November; the subject is your own but I need to pre-plan publication so let me know if you’re interested through the ‘contact me’ tab.

Happy writing

EJ

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This month’s post is about leading children towards peace.

As you may remember, I struggled a little last time the challenge was about teaching children but in the end I came to the conclusion that experiencing feelings of peace is a way to learn peace.

Eleven months on, although I agree with my earlier conclusion, the way I think about peace has changed – my personal understanding of peace has changed. What affects it, how I can create, share, support it, and what ‘it’ is. Definitions in the dictionary really don’t cover it any more.

Along the way I’ve read many other B4Peace blog posts.  I’ve read about the hurt and anguish people have experienced and about the joys that bring warmth to their lives.  I don’t often comment on them because I don’t feel I have anything to add, but those posts have added something to me.

They show me how much of peace is about learning to overcome the past.

They often highlight how far people have travelled on their own journey to peace, and how others have helped them along the way: mentors, teachers, guides and loved ones.  Everyone who thinks about peace has taken a first step on that journey, and whatever age we start that journey, we all have much to learn.

In other words, it’s not just children we need to lead to peace.  It’s also those people, like myself, who have woken up to a different way of thinking.

In a very real sense, I am a peace child.

I joined the B4Peace collective in January 2013 completely unsure as to what it would be like, and I thought of peace in very defined terms and tried to keep it all contained within the confines of my writing – the reason I set up a blog in the first place.

By the end of the year I was starting to feel steady enough on my feet to take a few chances.  I was a peace toddler. I was taught, by all the fantastic posts I read, to really value the peace in my life, and to think more about how to widen its impact.

My education is ongoing; I still stumble, and I make tons of mistakes, of course – but I am learning.

And isn’t that what the child in every one of us does?

Be peaceful,

EJ

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