Okay. So this month’s challenge made me cringe inwardly. Not at the context of this months challenge I must add, but in the sense that I find this the hardest one so far. Even so, there are some inspiring posts out there on this month’s subject that have done the challenge proud. I suggest you take a look at the links at the end of this post and see.
As for my own, well, I’m a stickler for ‘freedom of voice’, so I might suggest if you are a strong, believer in religion, don’t read it, my harshness this month may be too much for you. But, I’ll leave it up to you to decide. First though, let me say a big thank you to Kozo, the Chief Inspirator (don’t care if it’s not a word. I like it!), for creating the movement. I’m honoured to play a small part once a month in helping to get the word out there (hope though I haven’t shot myself in the foot with this one!).
And what is this month’s challenge you ask? Well, here are the points:
- Write a letter to a person in power, past or present. Let them know what you feel about the state of the world under their control. Here is a great example from a teenage girl in Pakistan: People Aren’t Made For Slaughter. Cattle Are..
- Write a letter to God, the Universe, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, or any other spiritual leader. One of my favorite books is Conversations with God, which consists of a series of letters to and from God. Feel free to have your spiritual leader answer your letter.
- Write an epistolary story that explores peace.
- Write a letter you would like to receive from peace.
- Post a photo, video, story, or piece of art that explores the intersection of writing and peace.
- Do a stream of conscious letter to anyone. Rant, scream, cry, and/or swear for peace. This might be best done with a pen and transcribed or scanned into your post.
- Since this challenge is about letters and peace, anything you do will meet the challenge.
To whom it may concern.
I thought long and hard before starting this letter. I wondered, should I address it to the leaders of the world? No, because I don’t think they’d read it anyway. Then I thought, should I address it to God, Allah, Buddha etc? No, because I’m a non-believer (sorry if that offends you, I am who I am). So, I thought, I’ll just address it to ‘whom it may concern.’ If you fall within that bracket, hi, I’m addressing you.
Let’s get this straight first, it’s not a sermon, we’ve had too much of that in the past. I can’t tell you what to do or how to feel about things, that’s not my job. I can only voice my opinion (for what it’s worth).
Peace, has been the subject of many a debate, rally, sit-down, you get the point. But what has it achieved? Not a great deal. Why? Actions of peace fall on deaf ears. The world isn’t interested. Well, the corporate world isn’t. How can a feeling such as peace create money and power, it can’t. Hence their disinterest, if it doesn’t bring anything of value to the table, throw it away. World leaders, they don’t care. If they did, I’d suspect we’ve had seen something by now. Oh, they’re quite happy to spout the word when it suits them, when they need the vote. Then, it all fizzles away, lost in time until the next election. As to the Gods on high, don’t get me started. You claim peace as your own, then why allow so much pain and suffering to exist in this world? And please, don’t tell me it’s because of our sins, I don’t buy it. If you can look down on us while children go hungry, while countries are ravaged with war, while animals are being slaughtered and do nothing, then, you are not deserving in my eyes.
Then why did I write this letter? What is its purpose?
Dear reader, if you are still with me and I haven’t offended you (which was never my intention), this is why.
Peace will only reign true in this world if we believe its existence. I for one, do. I could just say, let’s join the world together, place ships bow to stern across our oceans so that we can criss-cross this planet in a blanket of joined hands and give it a massive hug. Could work. It would be worthy of the press coverage. No. I’m simply asking you to stop and think. When was the last time you showed an act of kindness, a small gesture to a fellow human or animal? Yes, we are all important. If you’re struggling for the answer, then it’s been a long time. Each of us are guilty in forgetting, in losing ourselves in our daily life, our own problems. Don’t beat yourself up, you’re just one in a list of millions.
How do I find peace? In the simplest things. A ‘hi’ to the stranger on the street. Listening to a piece of music, reading a book or poem. Sharing my cats food with the skinny cat that roams our neighbourhood and giving it a deserved stroke. Or donating a sum of money you can afford to a worthwhile charity (every little helps). But that’s me. Everything starts small, like ‘Bloggers for Peace’ did, but it’s multiplying. We all know what grew from the tiniest acorn, don’t we. So plant your acorns, people. Start small, do anything you feel embodies peace and you’re doing your part in making this world a better place.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. And hey! You’ve already shown an interest, so hi-five yourself!
A person with a voice.
Fellow Bloggers for Peace:
Monthly Peace Challenge – Peace Begins with a Letter – (everydaygurus.com)
Atheist Monument – (appletonavenue.wordpress.com)
Dear Dianna – (yaussiechick.wordpress.com)
B4Peace – Monthly Peace Challenge – A Letter – (lauriesnotes.wordpress.com)
July Post For Peace – (grandmalin.wordpress.com)
Peace With Silence – (kellykuhn.com)
Well that’s it for this month, peace out people.