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2 Fingers Up

If you remember a few celebrations back, you can pull out your purple armbands today, too.  It’s International Peace Day!  Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, today requests 24 hours of non-violence.  Does this include Mother Nature?  She certaintly has been having her way with the world the past few weeks.  Everyone dealing with a natural disaster is in my prayers.

Since we aren’t all running for Miss America or Miss Universe, please answer my questions truthfully.  Is World Peace really an option?  What would it take and what would it look like?  The dinosaur age comes to mind.

Celebrate by being individually peaceful to the people in your neighborhood, friends, and family.  This means putting away guns, if you have them, and admitting that your older sister is always right.  Be peaceful and…


World Friendship

To quote the United Nations, “To confront those [world] crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.” It’s International Day of Friendship!

I’m not saying you need to frolic on the beach until sunset and end the day with a Hi-Five, but exhibiting a little more kindness today is a good start.  An international holiday, International Day of Friendship is about more than tolerance.   We all “just want to live our lives” for whatever that means to us individually.  What we don’t want is to live every day in imminent danger, yet many do.  The UN isn’t requesting people change their views or beliefs, they are asking that we participate in a culture of peace.  Which means we can disagree without blowing each other up.

Hopefully, we all have friends and at least one that returns the sentiment.  Celebrate today by treating everyone as if they were your friend.  They don’t have to be your close friend or the person you borrow money from, but at least give them the opportunity to be the kind of friend with whom you hold the door open for and share a smile.