There was a song we sang at the end of every service at my Science of Mind church. Its first and last lines are, “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” Here are five ways to be a more peaceful person.
- Be nicer to your kids. For some people, just saying “good morning” with a friendly face would be an improvement. No matter where on the scale of “nice” you are, take another step or two. Kids need it.
- Be nicer to your parents/spouse/significant other. You know: the person or persons who represent the single most significant adult relationship(s) in your life. You profess to love them, right? Well then, love them. They need it, too.
- Be nicer to your friends and acquaintances. If your friends aren’t worth the effort of a little added nice-ness, they aren’t really friends, and neither are you.
- Be nicer to strangers. If you’re like me, most of your encounters with strangers come when you are driving your car, and they are driving theirs, and you’re just hulks of steel hurtling along the road. Easy to dehumanize. Easy to toss epithets (or at least think them.) Try sending blessings instead. Yeah, it’s corny. Do it anyway.
- Be nicer to the nonhuman community. I assume that all living creatures have needs and desires, and that theirs are as valid as mine, and ought to be considered. So I do. And so can you, in whatever way makes sense to you.
If peace is something far away, something to be brokered between warring nations, then it’s a task far beyond my ken or control. If peace begins at home, with me, then it’s easy to find ways to further the cause.
Peace radiates. Pass it on.