17 November, 2009

World Peace Day

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I was looking at a calendar of events, when I noted that today is World Peace Day. This is a movement that was started by Don Morris, also known as "Peace Guy" in 1997. Through research I realized that it is not an event that is well integrated in society. Many people only recognize the International Day of Peace (Peace one Day) on September 21st. I personally think that there are never too many days to be peaceful. But, I also believe that declaring a peace day does not make the difference. The difference comes when each one of us sees the need to change. Then, in the words of Michael Jackson, we'd be able to heal the world.

Here is the prayer written by Peace Guy to be prayed on this peace day.

May the people on this planet be changed.
Changed from hatred to love,
Changed from greed to giving,
Changed from selfishness to selflessness,
Changed from apathy to action,
Changed from jealousy to joy over someone's accomplishments,
Changed from intolerance to acceptance,
Changed from being destructive to being constructive,
Changed from fighting to peace,
Changed from killing to protecting life,
Changed from censorship to freedom,
Changed from ignorance to education,
Changed from fearing our differences to rejoicing our variety.

May we each take it upon ourselves to feed the hungry, cure the sick,
house the homeless, educate the illiterate, love the unloved,
compete to do the right thing instead of winning at any cost,
make heroes that teach our children to
make the world a better place instead of glorifying violence and war,
stand up and speak out against things that are wrong
instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else,
demand honesty from our governments,
demand honesty from ourselves.

May we each take responsibility for our own actions
and realize that by refusing to change ourselves,
we condone all the evils in the world.
If one person changes they teach others by example,
who in turn change and teach more,
one person becomes as a pebble rolling down a mountain,
picking up more pebbles as it continues,
becoming an avalanche of change.
It can happen, it must happen, it will happen.

Don Morris

You can find out more information about World Peace Day here.

Have a Peaceful day...and remember it all begins with you!


  1. nice advice through ur poem...tq 4 share :)

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