What do I want? What do I really want? As I thought about that question, my answer surprised me. What I really want is peace. It’s only a five-letter word, but it’s an all-encompassing concept.
I want physical peace. I want the senseless wars to end– the killing of innocent people trying to live their lives. The news is full of heartbreaking stories of refugees and those not lucky enough to flee a war-torn country.
I want intellectual peace. I’m tired of how divisive politics has evolved over time. People can hold very different opinions and yet still work for the common good. You are not completely right, and I am not completely wrong. The truth is probably in the middle, and I’d like us to peacefully arrive there. Compromise is not a dirty word.
I want environmental peace. I want there to be a respect for nature and a desire to preserve it. I’m not hugging a tree or asking you to abandon your oil company stocks. All I’m asking is for us to realize we each have an impact on the earth, and we need to live in peace with it.
I want spiritual peace. I am adequate, and I am loved by my higher power. For me, that power is Jesus Christ. I respect your right to seek a spiritual peace through a different means. I want us all to experience an unconditional feeling of spiritual peace/love.
Peace requires us to be vulnerable. In today’s environment, vulnerability is not valued; rather, it is seen as weakness. Vulnerability is not a weakness! To be vulnerable is to be brave.
I want us to see the humanity in each other and find the common ground we all have. If we can find that common ground, we will begin to find peace. As more peace enters our lives and communities, more peace will grow. As John Lennon said, “Give peace a chance.”