When we talk about building peace, we are talking about in what capacity you as an individual can participate or has participated through your dreams and visions to create peace and sustain same.
When it comes to visions and dreams, everyone has one. But the major question is, how does your visions and dreams key in into building peace or maintaining the peace and helping it last.
Vision and Dream has many definitions depending on what facet you are using it for, though in this current situation, we will ascribe to them as meaning an aspiration or desire to build and maintain peace.
The gospel of peace is for everyone,
so what will you do as a person to keep the peace if you had the chance?
As for me, if people can do the few things they neglect everyday, then the world will surely be a much better place.
1) Treat Others The Way You Wish To Be Treated.
This golden rule to me still remains the number one key to building peace.
This simple principle encourages you to love yourself and love others, and treat others how you want to be treated. Seeing as no-one wants to be treated badly or wrong, it presupposes then that one should be good to others in the same way they want others to be to them.
2)Accept Difference of opinions.
Most violent acts are often a result of disagreement of opinions between individuals, communities and various governments. It is good then that we understand that everyone will not see things in the same way. Therefore, engaging in discussions with open mind is the best way forward.
3) Communication is key.
If something is on your chest, but you don’t communicate what you are feeling, no one will know what’s going on with you. Nobody is a mind reader.
So, instead of keeping your thoughts to yourself if someone has hurt you in some way, try finding a means to let the person know. Sometimes, it may be that the person never even knew that his actions or inaction is causing you problems.
4) I have realised that violence can never be the answer.
Peace can only be attained through dialogue, empathy and forgiveness. Stooping so low to the same level as a violent person will only continue the vicious cycle of violence.
5) We should strive to avoid categorising and stereotyping people.
Treat people on individual basis, and avoid aligning yourself with the “Us vs Them” line. Everyone is not the same no matter what you have been told from childhood.
6) Choose your language, tone of voice and intonation carefully, seeing as they all convey different messages.
Mind the language you use, and avoid strong languages connoting misogyny, racism, Islamophobic, homophobic or anti-Semitic overtones; people react in different ways to them all.
Remember that it is not always what you say, but how you say it.
7) On your own, offer a prayer for peace. Say that prayer for peace that you have in your heart.
8) Talk about peace with the children in your life.
Talk about love and peace building with this children and help them understand what it is all about seeing as they are the next generation. Show the children how to achieve calmness through deep breathing, how to be kind to animals and how to be kind to vulnerable people – the homeless, those with physical or cognitive disabilities, older people, and anyone else that appears different to the child.
9) On your own, make a personal commitment to nonviolence no matter what, unless you are defending yourself or loved ones from harm.
10) Whenever you see somebody in trouble, whether they are lost, upset confused, or has fallen; don’t act like you don’t (or didn’t) see the person, provide some help in any way you can if you have the means.
11) Learn to speak out against discrimination and bias or prejudice anytime you see it.
12) Try and be mindful of your anger and response while angry. We tend to say awkward things when we are angry. If we can learn how to calm our anger first before reacting, then we will surely give the best response for the greater good at all times.
13) Revenge may seem great, but regard people who hurt your feelings as your personal teachers of how to maintain a peaceful nature. There is really no need to bring yourself too low, when you could just move on and show you are stronger than they think you to be.
14) If you are a member of a religious community, inquire how you can be more involved in promoting peace through their programs and ministries.
You could volunteer for the Not-for-profit organizations if you are not religious.
15) You also need to have faith that there is still an abundance of good in this world no matter what. There are still a lot of good people out there. Never forget that!
16) Learn to stand up for others, not just your family and friends:
If when we fight prejudice and injustice is only when our own friends, family and community groups are involved, then we will ultimately fail in protecting the bigger community and society as a whole. It is not news again that discrimination, prejudice and bigotry know no boundaries. Therefore, for a society to live in peace and harmony, everyone’s rights and freedoms must be respected.