prayforpeaceHi ya’ll. It’s with heavy heart that I start back blogging today. It was going to happen soon, but the terrorist attacks this morning in Belgium moved me to accelerate the get-back-on-it plan. I heard someone say one time “If you stand against anything you stand against yourself.”

It sounds a bit nebulous. But my take on it was that if we all are indeed connected, and we are, if you are against anything, you are against yourself. Right now, it is easy to get caught up and hate on the haters. But when you do, what does that make you? We know that hate begets hate and violence begets violence. So, what do we do in situations like these?

For me, I pray for the terrorists that they might become enlightened to a more peaceful path. I pray for the victims and their families that they might find peace. It’s always been my belief that the best we can do is look around and see what we can do right around us. Our life is our platform, no matter how big or small. So mostly I try to up my game – be a little nicer to people I engage with, be more present for them. Any small act of kindness can ripple out into the world. As one person feels heard and understood, they many times will turn and act with the same kindness to the next person they see.

My thought today is stand for peace where you are. Try not to engage in hating on the haters because it fuels the fire. If we want to go big, let’s stand in unison for a Department of Peace. It has long been a proposed cabinet-level department of the executive branch of the U.S. government. Maybe at some point it will come into being, and rather than bombing the world’s disillusioned, we will work to educate them, uplift them – show them peacefully that we stand for “liberty for all.” We’ve seen over the course of history that we can’t successfully fight fire with fire. Let’s stand for peace.

Sandra M Bell
Author of “Lunchtime Joy Magnet” & personal coach