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Audrey Marlene's YES Ezine
December 15, 2010

A TIME FOR PEACE

December 2010 Newsletter

We talk over lunch with friends or coworkers about the tragic incidences occurring in our world today. At family gatherings we discuss the heartbreaking stories developing in our communities. We express our sadness and disgust, wishing for peace and change. Yet we cannot forgive a family member that might have offended us. We lash out at the department store worker who couldn't attend to us fast enough. We scream at the motorist in the next lane who gets in the way of us arriving to the mall in time for the holiday sales. We are so quick to judge others or point a finger. We avoid those around who seem to be struggling, for fear of becoming involved. At this time of the year we speak of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. But are we doing enough to contribute to peace in the world? How can we expect peace when we continue in the same uninvolved patterns each day?

The world around us is so full of malignancies. The media bombards us every day with the negative stuff that our focus as a society is on conflict. Our politics is loaded with contention and discord. The rare occasions when stories of peace are mentioned are when there is some kind of protest in the name in peace. We don't need to start a demonstration or protest to do our part in bringing peace into the world. We each can do our part, but how?

As cliché as it may sound, any kind of change we expect to see begins with us. If we want to see more peace in the world at large, then we must begin by behaving in ways that add love and harmony in our own corner of the world. Be more loving to the people around you by the small acts of kindness you show. Do loving things for yourself, then transfer that love to your partner, your children, your extended family, coworkers, friends, and your community.

I recommend the replacement method, the ultimate way to bring more love and harmony into your life.

  • By being forgiving, we replace condemnation or passing judgment on others.
  • By being more loving we replace hatred.
  • By our small acts of kindness we replace selfishness.
  • By being more compassionate, we replace intolerance.
  • By speaking kind words we replace and meanness.

    Become an advocate for PEACE & LOVE in the world. When you can give love and show love, then you can expect peace. These seeds of love will germinate and blossom in all areas of your life.

    HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON & BEST WISHES for the NEW YEAR!

    From the Heart
    Audrey Marlene

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