Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Mimisms ~ September 21st International Day of Peace


The "peace bell" will be rung at the United Nations today, on this the 27th annual International Day of Peace. The 24-hour period is dedicated to peace or more specifically, the absence of war. That's an idea I can get behind. Something we all hope and pray for in our world. The bell is cast of coins donated by children from all continents. The inscription on its side reads, "Long live absolute world peace."

I like Anam Prem's quote at the top of the official website...."Simply the absence of war is not peace." I'd like to follow that thought with a direct quote from one of my favorite peace bloggers. Blue Country Magic from Virginia writes in her June 2007 post, "Peace means more than just dropping guns. It means loving one another, caring for one another, and working together as a society to cure the injustices of the world. It means realizing the importance of each individual, each mind, each heart and extending hands in hopes of healing and comforting."

On this day the question has been raised, "What will you do to promote peace?"

My peaceful contribution to the world today is to continue with the work I started here in 2006. Forty-five days from now we will launch our 6th BlogBlast For Peace (update 2010! The 7th will launch November 4, 2010).

I hope your ideas for writing those award-winning posts are spinning out of control. I hope they are keeping you up at night. I hope you are excited. I hope the creative process comes easy for you and spills effortlessly across the page. And I hope you find new neighbors to shake hands with and new ideas in an exchange of diversified and respectful thought with the blog down the street. I hope you make new friends with folks flung far and away from the likes of your own comfort zones - if only for one day - it is a start.
More than that, I hope you are impassioned and hopeful about your own lives and of those you love.


On a less esoteric and more practical note for today....

I promise not to huff and puff at my neighbors.
I will try to forgive my enemies.
I will refrain from driving like a maniac.
And I will not scream at my imaginary dog.

Little things count ya know.

21 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Amen!

Cogitator said...

Not screaming at imaginary dogs is most important. Screaming at anything disturbs the inner peace, and without inner peace, how can you project peace outwards?

LADYHIGHTOWER said...

Ladyhightower's Thought for the Day. Better to scream at imaginary dogs, then to swallow the scream.

CountryDew said...

Thanks for featuring me in your post, Mimi. I admire you for your efforts to keep BlogBlast for Peace going. I hope somewhere someone is listening!

Anndi said...

I started my daughter's day by hugging her and wishing her Happy World Peace Day. She chose to wear a t-shirt that says "Save My Planet" to school...

When I asked her what she would do in honour of today, she said she'd be extra nice to everyone... even the boys that tease her.

If kids get it, why can't grown-ups?

(Oh, and I'm working on my post and theme for Blogblast... Peace brings me back to the Bloggosphere)

Finding Pam said...

Peace and love to you Mimi as you blog for world peace. All those little things add up to bigger things.

The Gal Herself said...

You're right, you know. Peace -- like charity -- begins at home. So if we all work towards serenity in our personal environments (imaginary castle) and in our relationships with those nearest by (imaginary dog), we can extend it to the world at large.

I don't think Queens SHOULD cook. Ruins their air of majesty.

Bond said...

DOING GREAT THINGS AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER WILL HELP US ALL TO BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD.

Patti said...

Hi Mimi,
I was just at a middle school this morning talking to students and teachers about International Day of Peace..they placed Peace Pinwheels in the ground in front of their school today.

They also talked about the importance of bringing peacefulness to everyday life, such as respecting other peoples' opinions and the like..

I am very glad you will refrain from driving like a maniac. That is a scary thought.

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - From the amen corner I see....

Mimi Lenox said...

Cogitator - You are correct and I should take that to heart. I don't scream much. Homer doesn't mind...

Mimi Lenox said...

LadyHightower - You have NO idea how appropriate that is for me. I am writing that down. (with proper credit of course)
Brilliant!

Mimi Lenox said...

Blue Country Dew - I've always loved this globe and your post was wonderful. Thank YOU for being such an inspiration to me and others.

Mimi Lenox said...

Anndi - Kids get a lot more and are more mature than most grownups I've seen lately.
I'm sure she looked cute in her shirt. What a great Chicklet she is and always will be.
(and you are a great mom, in case I haven't said it lately)

Your last statement made me smile.
BlogBlast would not be the same without you, my dear friend.

Mimi Lenox said...

Pam - I'm learning about the little things lately it seems. If I don't mind them, bigger problems ensue. Not good.

Mimi Lenox said...

Gal - This Queen should definitely not cook.

I'm working on that personal space thing. Seems to be my challenge these days. Mimi, mind yourself.
Uh huh.

Mimi Lenox said...

Bond - It really all boils down to that, doesn't it?

Mimi Lenox said...

Patti - Were you in ...oh, never mind...but I did see a news story today about a middle school in your area. I'll bet it was you, O Famous One.

The pinwheels for peace idea is a good one. Some of the kids put globes in the center of their pinwheels.

But Princess Patti....I always drive like as maniac!

Ferd said...

Poor Homer.
All he does is speak his little mind, and usually with honesty and clarity of thinking I might add. I know his little reality checks hurt sometimes, my Queen, but you have to admit they are for your own good.
I'm glad you're going to try to stop screaming at him, for the sake of world peace.
You're the best!
; )

Mimi Lenox said...

Ferd - Anything for world peace, my friend, anything for world peace.
Sigh.

Travis said...

Little things do count.

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