When I think of peace I immediately think of the author GReg Mortenson,author of "Three Cups of Tea". If you haven't read it,please do. This man,out of his gratitude to a Norhtern Pakistani family for rescueing him from an injury on a mountain climb,expressed his gratitude by starting a school for girls in Northern Pakistan. He had no money to speak of,had only one suit of clothes,and lived in his car so he could raise the money to build this school.The book tells of him gathering support,first from the natives of the country,and finally from the US. Over a period of years he built many schools,both in Pakistan and in Afghanistan. He believed that education was the way to combat terrorism because educated children would be less likely to succumb to the pressures of the dogma of terrorism.
He had tea with terrorist leaders,and through his learning the language and customs of the people was able to communicate with them in a way that had something in it for them. some of the women who went to the schools graduated and went on to college and even medical school.
His belief was "books not bombs". He now speaks around the country.he and his wife and child continue to establish schools and lecture,despite the chaos of war around them. This man is one of the most admirable men I know of,and sets and example of true empathy and committment to peace,if only in his limited capacity due to human limits.
In my book,he is up there with Ghandi and MOther theresa.
AS for me,my own search for iinner peace continues,in the chaos of family dysfunction,and I try to sow peace in my work with my clients,volunteering wrok with the homeless and food bank at church,and doing my part for the environment,as well as participating on the environmetal stewardship committee at church.
In this world where power and money speak the loudest and wars are fought couched in religion(but really are about control of land or oil) , I have a quote:"when the power of love outweighs the love of power the world will know peace"
Causes Heather Koelle Supports
public health care,world peace,environmental stewardship,psychology,society against child abuse,spiriitual and psychological quests,recovery issues,mental...