I’m struggling.  Struggling with what’s happening to our planet, our country and our state.  I’m struggling with what’s happening in my house (who doesn’t struggle with teens? 🙂  (love ’em!)), struggling watching my friends be hurt and struggling with things on my own mind.

I wish I could see peace in just one of those areas.  But we can’t because we don’t, as Mother Terese said, believe we belong together.

We want to separate ourselves and hide from harm.  So we close our homes, our lives and our minds.  We want to protect our family first – and who can blame us?  The entire world is about “protecting” what they believe is “right.”

Last night my guys and I had a very heated discussion about world peace – I got a bit stressed out and went to my happy place … Target.  (I know that says a freaking lot about me but just try to love my flaws!).  When I came home, I looked at the young men, whom I love and respect for their tenacity and beliefs, and I said, with tears in my eyes:

I can’t change.  My whole being feels for people.  I think I’ve been this way my whole life.  If I die helping someone, know that I was happy and it was perfect.  But, at Target, I realized that there is no such thing as world peace now. We can’t give up our wars and conflicts.  We can’t accept and love others no matter what they look like, think or how they live.  World peace is unattainable. (I had their attention now)

Why?  Because as long as personal conflict exists, there will never be world peace. Wars are built from insecurities.  The “I’m right and you’re not.” Or, the “that’s mine and not yours.”

Wars (internal and external) come from the ground up. They come from inside people first.

How can we ask our leaders to change unless we change ourselves?  I’m not suggesting we give equal priority to the whole of humanity as opposed to our own family.  But we need to evolve so that the decisions we make are not just about “us” but are about the greater good.  We need to learn a new culture where narrow-minded, selfishness is no longer acceptable.

We need to believe that we can love our country and not hate others; that working together is more fulfilling than working alone; that we’re all members of the same human family who happen to have been born on a different part of the same blue speck of dust we call earth.

One never knows what resonates with teenagers.  But one thing’s for sure – their differing beliefs caused me to think more clearly about my own.  So listen, my friends, to all the different ideas out there and love those that don’t agree with you.  It’s the first step toward moving away from selfishness and toward peace.

Stay warm! XO