Friday, September 21, 2012

International Day of Peace

The United Nations has selected Sept. 21st to be the International Day of Peace prompting me to share a passage from one of my favorite books and authors, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.

We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
The United Nations states that an importance aspect of the International Day of Peace is encouraging people to think about and work toward a sustainable future, especially through ensuring fair and equal access to resources. Through Hunger Action Month, it was brought to my attention that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. struggles with hunger, 1 in 4 in some areas, like the State of California and almost 50% of children in a county in my home state of TX struggle with hunger. Joining Team No Kid Hungry and helping to spread awareness about the issue of hunger is my small way of working toward a sustainable future, and I have been so inspired by all of the creative ways so many across the nation are getting involved, like the other blogs featured here


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