I had to share this video because I think it is really special! And it chimes with what I call my big bit/little bit theory. What I mean is that if you separate your rubbish for recycling then you’re doing a little bit to help make the world a better place and it’s easy to think that that little bit doesn’t matter but if everyone in the whole world does that one little bit then it becomes a great big bit.
I think we have to remember that it’s hard for one person to do a lot but collectively we can change the world. It’s the small acts of kindness, the little meaningful things we do that really can create change. The cynics we say that things are getting worse and there’s nothing we can do about it. But I think that as long as people do small things to make the world a better place not just for the environment for the people who live on this Earth then things will get better.
And when we help others and the planet, we are helping ourselves. By improving things around us we improve as people and that can only be a good thing. You don’t have to try to change the world on your own but collectively we can and do move mountains.
As part of the Blogging for Peace thing you agree to do one post a month on the subject of peace and so this is my January Peace blog. I thought I do a bit about John Lennon because it seemed appropriate.
Now I don’t think John Lennon was a paragon of virtue who led a blameless life by any means but I do think he did some good in getting people to think about peace. Through his extremely high public profile he was able to influence a huge amount of people into looking for means to resolve our differences without violence.
Now its arguable how much effect he had in practical terms but there is no doubt that his influence on people was largely beneficial. Through songs such as Imagine, Happy Christmas (War is Over) and Give Peace a Chance he used to music to try and make the world a better place. I was going to use bits of those songs on this blog but I’m frightened of getting sued so decided against it!
So whether you are or aren’t a fan of John Lennon, all I am saying is give peace a chance.
I wrote this poem when I heard about the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Conneticut. It’s called “Twenty Six”.
Twenty Six is just a number
But once they were lives;
Lives of children and teachers.
Now they are gone,
And no-one knows why.
Why is the question we all ask
To try to make sense of this tragedy;
As if knowing the answer
Could stop evil in its tracks.
Evil lives among us.
It seeks to divide us,
Make us argue over gun laws
Or politics or religion.
Evil wants to divide us into us and them.
We cannot let evil win.
The way we defeat it
Is to stand together in love.
There is no ‘them’;
There is only us.
I have noticed, particularly in current American politics, that there is a trend to be divisive. There are a lot of people who like to say “I’m right and you’re wrong” but I would rather have a friend than win an argument. Surely it is obvious that the world would be a better place even we all learned to get along with each other. So let’s try to make 2013 a year of peace. We might not manage to stop international wars but let’s not make war in our own hearts. I am well aware of how easy it is to get angry. I am a red head with a temper to match!
But whenever I lose my temper I almost always end up regretting it. So this year I’m going to try not to be so grumpy and when people irritate the f**k out of me, I shall do my best to just walk away. Peace man!