March 5, 2022: Talismans of Hope
What is the definition of peace?
1 : freedom or a period of freedom from public disturbance or war. 2 : a quiet and calm state of mind. 3 : agreement and harmony among people. 4 : an agreement to end a war.
With the eyes of the world on the heartbreaking events in Ukraine, it can be a challenge to understand why war continues to be such a destructive force in our world. Since the beginning of written history, mankind, from world leaders and philosophers to artists, poets and musicians, has eloquently shared thoughts about the atrocities of war and the benefits and need for peace.
While we can’t fix traumatic world events, we can take comfort that each one of us, in our own way, can impact our own lives and communities with acts of care and kindness. Like pebbles tossed into a still pond, these actions send ripples of peace out into the world around us. For inspiration, we’ve gathered some powerful quotes from a wide range of sources to share, like talismans of hope, to hopefully bring a balm of healing to our war weary hearts.
We invite you to share these with others who might find them meaningful, and to share ones that resonate with you in the comments below. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read our thoughts.
Be healthy, stay safe, seek out and spread acts of kindness.
From our hearts to yours, Wendy and Ron
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”Jimi Hendrix
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ”Albert Einstein
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”Carlos Santana
“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”Elie Wiesel
“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”Dwight D. Eisenhower
” If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.”Frank Sinatra
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”Albert Schweitzer
“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace. Peace will be the last word of history.”Pope John Paul II