“peace is not the end of the mundane, troublesome, and painful moments of life.
peace is created in the midst of the mundane, troublesome, and painful moments
as we look for the good in all things,
grasp tiny moments of joy,
glittering in the darkness,
and gather hope into a soft place to rest when life grows hard.”
oakland county, michigan, usa – may 2021
on this day honoring mlk, and every day
“this is the unusual thing about nonviolence –
nobody is defeated, everybody shares in the victory.”
– martin luther king, jr.
image credt: philosophytalk.org
feeling safe walking the streets of ann arbor with these powerfully kind grandies
“sports are sports. it’s all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.”
at a lake house with a few friends
watching the storm roll in
on a peaceful afternoon.
“there is peace even in the storm”
-vincent van gogh, the letters of vincent van gogh
no finer way to honor this hero
“the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”
image credit: michigan theatre, ann arbor, michigan, usa
am – peaceful walk in the woods
pm -peaceful protest on the streets
day 1, 99 to go.
“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. “
‘Friends Who Share Balloons’
“peace is not merely the absence of warfare,
any more than true health is simply the absence of a disease.
nor is peace simply a quiet state of equilibrium –
impossible to achieve in an evolving system.
though refraining from harm is an essential first step,
lasting peace is created by actively redressing harm done.
peace is a creative process of joining i and thou into a co-creative we.
it requires authentic communication, empathic listening, and wildly creative solutions.”
image credit: willowdayflowerproject by gina – Leaves, Twigs, Iris, Geraniums, Lilacs, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Marigolds all got together and became “Friends who share balloons.”
brought this discovery
that it’s impossible
for a heart to be too big.
“one day we will realize that big hearts will bring us more peace than big weapons.”
argo park, ann arbor, mi, usa – spring 2020
“the important stuff will still be important by the time you get to it. the unimportant will have made its insignificance obvious or simply disappear. then, with stillness rather than needless urgency or exhaustion, you will be able to sit down and give what deserves consideration your full attention.” – Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key