When I became a freelance journalist in 2004, I’d met many incredible peace activists and thought I’d be sharing their stories with a wider audience.
Am blushing writing this because I realise that 20-something me was imagining myself as a Christiane Amanpour type without the experience.
Still, this was the impetus behind my going freelance in 2004.
Unsurprisingly, I only got a couple of ‘peace’ pieces commissioned but, as a coach and complementary therapist (later adding other therapies), I was being commissioned to write about what I began to see as personal peace and self-care. It was better known as wellbeing.
Over the years, I’ve learned that I’m far better able to focus on the larger world when I’m OK. Otherwise, I don’t have the energy to take any kind of action in the direction of contributing to a more peaceful planet.
Even on a micro level, if I’m not well myself, I’m far crankier than usual. For example, if I then hold a door open for someone and they don’t say thank you, I’m likely to feel irritated. This then has the potential to ripple out and connect with others’ irritation and anger.
With all that’s going on in the world, it might seem futile to attempt to, as Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ and yet, as individuals, we have more impact than we sometimes realise.
Irritation and anger (rage even) have their benefits but when we’re taking good care of ourselves, we can use our emotional storms to make us stronger.
What are your warning signs that you’re contributing to angst rather than peace in the world?
What helps you take better care of yourself and those you care about?
What are your dreams for peace at a global level? If you have children and/or grandchildren, what kind of world do you want to be leaving for them?
How can you infuse more peaceful energy into your day today?
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