On Friday, September 21st, 2018 we will celebrate International Day of Peace. Looking forward is something we should all do, but in light of the most recent events such as the hurricane in the Carolinas, Typhoons in the Philippines, China and Hong Kong, and the gas eruptions in Boston, all of which took lives and left a path of destruction, I found it a bit difficult. The world prays for those affected by these tragedies, and knows the struggles so many will have to face; yet in the midst of the problems facing our nation, there is kindness, and humility sought throughout.  As we approach this Friday, let’s find a way to be a part of the solution to bring ‘peace’ no matter where you are. This year the theme for this International Day is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10th, 1948 as a common standard for all the Nations and its people. This (Universal Declaration) is available in 500 different languages and is considered to be the most translated document in the world today. Its recognition is for humanity, equality and inherent dignity for all members of the human race; this document marks its 70th anniversary this year. The truth…every person has a right to be valued in this life, no matter where they live, regardless of where they came from. We were built on the foundation of freedom, Liberty and Justice for all. These words resonate with many Americans and are found in ‘The Pledge of Allegiance.’

With the constant battle between parties in politics today, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Disagreements have turned into heated arguments or accusations, and some led to violent crimes, creating a feeling of injustice and division among people; whether race, color or religious beliefs. We need to promote Peace this week and keep it going. We should give forth the effort to engage in conversations about the positive things that could help promote peace among all human races, groups and parties. We need to open our minds to the world that surrounds us today and work together, regardless of personal differences which continue to divide so many; we need to co-exist. Find peaceful alternatives by listening with intent to resolve conflicts. Learn more about your neighbors and extend a handshake or smile; people keep silent today (to themselves), afraid to extend friendly gestures to those they don’t know. Think about ‘Peace’ this week and open your hearts to the unknown; take the leap of faith to show kindness to somebody you don’t know. Don’t be judgmental of others; we’ve all done this at one time or another. There’s no perfect person.

I can only imagine what this world might be…if every person decided to put aside all their differences, if just for one day. Think how amazing it would truly be. For what it’s worth, Friday will be a special day…and maybe I can put a smile on someone’s face I’m unfamiliar with. Let’s be a part of the solution, and not the problem.

Make your week count.