Peace: Do you have it in you? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:43

COLOURS OF LIFE

BY GRACE C. ESPIRITUSANTO

 

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.

If there is beauty in the character,there will be love in the home.

If there is love in the home, there will be order in the nation,

If there is order in the nation, there will be Peace in the world.” — Author Unknown

“Be the Peace that you seek.” Allah, Budhha, Sidharka, God or whatever is it that we call our Creator, created individuals, families, neighbours, communities, countries — to be there for each other. But what are we doing? We are cheating each other, outsmarting one another, belittling our fellow countrymen, depriving the needy of their rights, stealing from the poor people, deceiving the innocent and illiterate and finally destroying and killing each other because of our selfish motives and interests. Have we never learned from our past, that nobody wins, we still all are losers because all these material things do not really belong to us?

We always cry for peace, but do we have it in us? We keep blaming and pinpointing to one another that each is the culprit of our woes, our sufferings, our misunderstandings; have we ever asked ourselves, “What have I done?” and accepted our mistakes, shortcomings or faults? YES! We are all guilty of so many things and until we accept it with all sincerity, we will forever be lost in our own false pride and arrogance.

PEACE is something money cannot buy or be given to us by someone else. It is our own conscience, our own shadow, our own soul. It is something that we ourselves have to inculcate in our hearts and minds to be able to achieve what we seek. It is our own prize for being good and just to others. To be at peace means freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts and emotions, untroubled by conflicts, in harmony with personal relations, free from violence or force.  Are we?

Let us all reflect and ponder. Let us think of all the good things we can do for others instead of trying to grab everything for ourselves. We are all created good and in God’s image. Why don’t we give back to our God all goodness He has given us by loving and caring for one another? Let us remove our prejudices, biases, our discriminations toward our own brothers and sisters. Don’t we want to live in peace and harmony, enjoying God’s gifts and dreaming beautiful dreams for our children’s children? When will we stop to be greedy and unkind and discontented? Are we going to leave this world doing nothing for ourselves for the sake of Peace? Do we not love our children? Our families? Our city? Our country?

Can we start now and live in Peace with all God’s creatures, graces and blessings!

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein