Let Us Build Monuments to Peace

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Earlier this month, on CBS Sunday Morning, I saw a story about “The Warhorse.”  It’s a play detailing the story of a boy and a horse facing the horrors of World War I.

That was the first time living flesh bent under steel boxes that gave no ground. The use of tanks that only was an echo into the future of all the wars to come. The cold brutality of absolute unyielding force.

All around the world, there are monuments to war. Magnificent in splendor, huge in the heart they display. Some simple and stark in their black and white homage to those who died. All asking us to remember. Remember the hardships, remember the sacrifice, remember the pain and destruction of war. Remember the potential in each of those persons lost.

The monuments ask us to remember…    but when will we learn.

I heard someone say,  “Don’t give up the fight. Do not let your son’s sacrifice be in vain.” I say, let’s stop the needless suffering of war, so those who have given their lives will not have done so in vain. Do not let their memory die.

Do not think that war is ever about the honor of those who serve. It’s almost always about arrogance. The arrogance that one person, party or group, knows better and wants control of the lives of another group.

Honor their service by learning the true lesson of war. While it may appear that one group or another is in the position of winning, there are no lasting gains for humanity to be made through war. Ultimately, war hurts everyone and everything.

I dream that in my lifetime, there will be no more monuments to war.  Honor those who have died in service by learning to live in peace.

The truth of war is witnessed in the long lists of names. Ten million men lost in WWI and nearly the same number of horses.  Those men are remembered and mourned by monuments. In London, there’s even a monument to honor all the animals including the horses, that served. Part of the inscription on that monument reflects that, “They had no choice.”

That monument asks us to remember…   we have a choice.

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Consider this…

Peace Circle from the northwest

What if… Peace broke out today, all over the world?

What would that look like? How would you celebrate? What kind of a monument would you build?

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Something’s changing, shifting inside…

I am brought to tears today by the beauty, of the expression of God, inside of me. That I have received such a gift. I am told it is to be sung from every mountaintop.

For the past few days, there is a question I keep hearing echoed between my heartbeats. Whenever I’m quiet I can hear it, softly appealing, sliding gently into my consciousness. Last night I heard the accompanying sentiment. The answer. It is now ringing out through my very being.

Is what I’m doing in this moment of service to the Highest and Best Good of All?

Nothing matters outside of this moment.

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Finding the Heart of Humanity

Always together

“The world has never yet seen a truly virtuous nation, because in the degradation of women, the very foundations of life are poisoned at the source.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

What a sad insight to have carried in her heart. To feel so strongly that she was an equal to men, but to be treated as so much less. How long before we have equal rights for women under the law?

I support men who support women who support men.  By the same token, I support women who support men  who support women. We are not separate, but part of a whole. I believe we are in the process of telling/learning a new story of humanity. It’s in development even as I write. Perhaps I’m writing the story. After all, it is my story. I am always at the center of My Story, so that’s where the work of transformation is happening.

Lipton and Bhaerman, in Spontaneous Evolution, wrote, “The heart of humanity is calling for a safe, generative environment of respectful communication, which is the foundation for a healthy and sane political structure. As with so many other aspects of this new, transformational story,  We the People are being called upon to release our either-or polar positions and embrace both-and opportunities.”

And again from Spontaneous Evolution, “Scientific insights from physics and biology on the nature of polarized traits reveal that, while these traits appear to be separate and opposing entities, they are actually rooted together in unity.

The dominator story makes no sense at all.  When a sperm and egg unite to create new life, does one defeat the other?”

One of the biggest stories that we are acting out is that of the dominator story.  It is purely dysfunctional and as we tell ourselves new stories, we will forgive ourselves this part of our history and move on.

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We Carry On ~ Together

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On February 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered  a sermon which included this sentiment. “”Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

In that sermon, Dr. King also expressed that he hoped someday, to be remembered as someone who lived his life trying to serve others. That he tried to love and serve humanity, clothing and feeding those in need, doing what was right. Today, he stands as one of the great reformers of our time.

But he was seen by some, including J. Edgar Hoover, as a trouble maker; someone who was going to shake things up. To upset the status quo. And that is what he was doing. He didn’t do it with weapons and violence, but with the truth of his words and the actions of his life. He took action on his dream of justice and freedom for all.

There are some people that will always fear words and ideas more than anything else. But an idea whose time has come cannot die a natural death. Once it has reached enough people, it cannot be silenced. And that’s why Dr. Martin Luther King’s words continue to echo in our hearts today.

He addressed the violence of poverty, the violence of slums, the violence of inferior education. Dr. King explained how the psychological and spiritual violence were much more injurious than any physical violence. He understood what if you keep someone down long enough, you can break their spirit and eliminate any hope they have for their future.

Dr. King knew the likelihood of what he faced. He knew there was an enormous possibility that he would be murdered. He continued despite the danger. He kept going, kept speaking, kept moving forward because he had a vision of what we can be when we allow our humanity to shine. He knew that we are all one. At the ultimate point of our humanity, he knew there is no color, no religion, no politic that can keep us apart.

He knew that we express the very best of our nature when we are moved by our hearts.

When we share a vision and  then take action to create a world where everyone has the same opportunity to express who they are, we will all be set free.  The whole world will be served by justice.

All around the world, we see this unfolding and many, many people are working to build new ways to make the world work for everyone. Where the planet itself is enhanced by the way we live, care for and nurture all expressions of life.

Every person has value. Every one of us can do, create, or give a hand.

Today, consider letting your own spirit fly with Dr. King’s in creating a world in which we all find the freedom of a joy filled life.

Join us at Wishadoo, in imagining a world in which we all work together for the good of everyone. Find what it is that you can do that enriches yourself and those around you. Find the community to join in doing good things that bring joy to your life.

It’s in community, in reconnecting with our needs and the needs of everyone that we find what is life enhancing. In working together to meet those needs,  we find joy, satisfaction and solutions to the challenges we face.

With a vision of what can be, we will build Wishadoo into a gathering place for dreamers that do.

Thank you for the inspiration you shared Dr. King.


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Hope In Action

Gray Hairstreak

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Each of us is an expression of hope in the world. And we all have in us, the power to move our world forward.  Each small action we take is a determination in the direction of humanity. There is no need to wait for someone else to save us.

Wishadoo is a tool that can help build the communities we want. Together, we have an abundance of abilities, an abundance of ideas,  and an abundance of solutions. By sharing the vision of a compassionate, caring community, we take humanity to the next level; where we share from our abundance.

We are longing for the connection that comes from real community action; meeting our needs and the needs of others. This is our heritage as humans. From our hope for a bright future, springs the change we bring to the world. Our future is in our hands. Join the hand of friendship, community, vision, that is offered to you now. Come join us at Wishadoo, where we bring community to life.

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Helping Ourselves to Peace


We can help ourselves to Peace.

Let’s begin with recognizing that we are angry people. We have been injured to the point of not being able to recognize our own feelings. We have been taught that our needs don’t matter.

Some of us have learned to use physical violence to get others to  do what we want. Might makes right. Many more of us learned to use guilt, shame and manipulation to get what we want, but the biggest lesson we learn is to either submit or rebel.

We have been slaves to a hierarchy that is destroying the planet and all of humanity along with it. We have suffered for too long under the competitive/Dominator model of society. Now is the time for the cooperative/Participator model.

Many of us have bought into a belief that having money and things will bring happiness, joy, fulfillment. It will make their lives complete. Or we have been taught that life is meant to be difficult, dreary and our rewards will be given to us after we die.

Those at the top of the dominator model are also hurting. Their wealth is a lie and when they get to the top they find only emptiness. Their relationships are empty. They are alone and frightened and they cover that with anger. It’s someone else’s fault that they are not complete. The hoarders are not served by the model they live under. They are only held sway by what they’ve been taught. Offer them your compassion too.

But first, have compassion for yourself.

It is in your best interest to neither submit or rebel. Thoughtful action brings change that creates health for ourselves, our communities and our world.

Begin to be conscious of your own anger and distress. Speak to yourself what you are feeling. Identify what you need from yourself or another. Start here, now. Peace begins with you.

10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal, and Organizational Peace

(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8) Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

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