Less than forty-eight hours to go until lift-off and you are looking at one excited (and tired) Queen.
Dona Nobis Pacem in the blogosphere is upon us once again. Yesterday as I struggled with a serious migraine and hosted a party for bloggers near and far, kind people who took over for me when I needed to rest, I saw something else worth reporting. During the live open chat I met bloggers I never even knew read this blog. Truth is, they don't usually read my blog – they came from YOUR blogs. That is exactly how BlogBlast For Peace is supposed to work. Excitement spreads, the vision increases and possibilities abound in each individual's unique experience with the peace globes. Those who are veteran peace bloggers share their passion with the newbies. Conversation starts. Stories spin. A mother's story, a veteran's story, a sister's story, a child's story, an observer's quiet wisdom.
My rudimentary blue graphic of our spinning world is spinning out of control. On your own web pages – in sidebars, posts, blogrolls, radio shows, chat rooms and beyond - it seems to me to be a symbol of pride and community. Something worth clamoring about. I knocked on your blog doors and you opened your hearts. You knocked on your neighbor's door and they did the same. We met new voices, we heard different songs, we even embraced unexpected controversy with a silent and collective sigh, but the vision I had from the beginning is the same; and that is...
So, your words heal me.
Your words heal each other.
If all of us did not need salve from the senseless muck of violence we witness in our world perhaps we could move on and talk about other things. But the truth is, it is there and it hurts us all. It affects the way we move and live and breathe.
And so we talk and learn and support and quite possibly, figure out ways to not only make a difference but to change the status quo. I will take it a step further and dare to believe that the brilliance I see in your words will bring about peace – if only for a quiet moment in someone else's heart on one particularly beautiful day. Maybe that day will dawn on our world if enough people listen.
As we begin another BlogBlast I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing yourselves with me – and with the world. I want to thank you for inspiring me and humbling me and touching me in ways I never dreamed possible. I have no doubt you will spill marvelous words and ideas from your Internet homes and parade a furious flag of hope. It is an honor and a privilege to hear what you have to say.
From the bottom of my pencil skirted heart, I say, let the peace begin.