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Guide Lines for Living
This Week's quote from
Guide Lines
to
SPIRITUALITY
by K. Bradford Brown

              Life
                  is
                     completely
                            impersonal,
              but
                  every
                         event
                               has
                your
                      name
                            on it. 

Dr. K. Bradford Brown, now deceased,  is the
Co-founder of the
More To Life Kairos Foundation and More To Life program.  An organization dedicated to overcoming separateness and developing human potential while  enhancing the quality of people's lives.  The Guide Lines are  books of thought provoking quotes  on Relationships, Feelings, Success, Love, Creativity, and Spirituality.

 

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,

Make a difference in the world by making a difference in yourself...

Make a 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?

Yes    or    No

Our vision for the world is that everyone chooses YES!

 

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