The thought of having a
more peaceful world might seem like an unattainable goal for
most people, but it is only unattainable if people do nothing.
Lao-tse, a 6th century BC Chinese philosopher, reputedly thought
to be the founder of Taoism, once said,
“If there is to be peace
in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
All any of us really has control
over is ourselves. If each person works to maintain their own
inner peace then having a more peaceful world will take care of
itself. Most people think of world peace as having peace
everywhere at once, all at the same time and this seems impossible.
But what if your definition of world peace was more manageable?
What if world peace meant your "world? Your "world" is the
people you come in contact with on a daily basis; your family,
friends, and co-workers. That might seem a little more
manageable than thinking about having peace with the entire world.
When you create inner peace for yourself you are becoming a part of
having a more peaceful world.
The following phrase,
difference in the world by making a difference in yourself...
difference in yourself by making a difference in the world...
really says a lot about how you can
become part of creating a more peaceful world. When you take
on the responsibility of maintaining your own inner peace, you are
making a difference in creating a more peaceful world. When
you take on the responsibility of helping to create a more peaceful
world, you will be making a difference in yourself. When
enough "Your Worlds" take on the responsibility for maintaining
their own inner peace, they will have made a difference in the world
as a whole.
The question becomes, are you willing
to take on your part for a more peaceful world? Are you
willing to take on the responsibility to let go of your own
resentments, fears, prejudices, intolerances, and anger, and become a link
in the chain of world peace? Taking on this responsibility
doesn't mean that you won't sometimes forget or let your own inner
peace fade away, but it does mean that when you do, you will
recommit to your intention of peace.
It all gets down to a choice for each
individual person. What is your choice for peace?
Our vision for the world is that
everyone chooses YES!