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My Peace

A collection of thoughts or images that come to your mind when you think of peace.

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first I'd like to than rose for the beautiful logo.

the idea for this group sprung to my mind after I receive a message from Mohamad sh.

he wrote:

Dear everyone,

As you all see my list, i have a 120 friends, part of them palestinian, others from israel and also some from other arab countries and others like USA , EU, and more, i would like to ask a sensitive question to my friends from israel, and also other are welcome to answer it: everyone of us here talking peace, and about peace, and sounds for me life on this is is so great and lovely, seems no hatred and racism, no occupation and war, from big part of the comments i read mostly we say: we want peace, and here is my question: WHEN WE SAY PEACE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THIS NICE WORD, WHAT KIND OF PEACE WE WANT, WHERE COULD BE OUR LIMITES, BORDERS AND WHAT CAN WE GIVE TO MAKE PEACE REAL, LOTS OF QUESTIONS THAT FOR SURE NEED A DEEP THINKING TO SATISFY OUR NEEDS.
THANKS

So I answered:

That a really good question. I thank you for it, Mohamad. Peace means a great deal of different things to many people. It is a very personal question. I can tell you about the first things that come to my mind when I close my eyes and think of peace. I see no more wars. I see a time when my grandchildren don't have to spend 3 years of their lives in the army. I see equality and respect between peoples and nations. I see my Arab friends come to visit me at home, I see us going to the beach together. I see myself hanging out with my Lebanese friends in Beirut. But most of all, I see myself being able to get in the car with my dad (who is 87 years old) and 2 sons, and drive to Baghdad, Iraq, through Jordan or Syria. In Baghdad he takes us to the house he was born in, and to all the places he told us so many stories about. There, we close a circle.
These dreams might sound trivial to many, but these simple acts have been denied of so many people in the Middle East.

What would I give for REAL peace? Almost everything.


Then I thought, why limit it to Mohamad's friends. It's an important question. Why not open it up for everybody in iPeace?

David



Last summer I attended a lecture by Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) & Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize winner) in the Scottish Parliament, here in the historic & beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Mairead spoke of nurturing & cultivating love & peace within yourself, and then sharing it. Arun quoted his Grandfather who spoke of the seed of peace. If this seed is kept in a box it will wither & die. However, if the seed is exposed to the elements it will grow & flourish!

The message is clear, share your peace & let it grow & flourish.

And, with this in mind, please embrace the philosophy behind this movement and share your passion for peace by reaching out and inviting your friends.

Gordon J Millar

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Comment by Yaron on January 23, 2009 at 6:51pm
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Comment by Mahmood Sairally on January 23, 2009 at 6:04pm
Dear David,

Your wish to drive( may not be real) but to fly to Damascus and show you the place, the house, etc. where he was born could come and fulfil both your father's, yours and the rest of the family. This wish is part of the Peace we are looking for.
I was born in Mauritius. During the WW2 Europeans of jewish faith came on a ship to Mauritius. We welcomed them with open arms. One would say, because at that time Mauritius being a Crown Colony it was the British Authority who gave them asile, but the population was against them, they would have not been able to move freely. They used to give open-air concerts in my home town at the sea side.
My grand father used to tell that after the war and having done my higher school certificate examination he would take me to the Middle East to show me how the people of Jewish, Chritian and Moslem faiths live together in harmony and Peace. He coul not do it because he died in 1953 just before my secondary school studies.
Germany was for me a black spot on the map of Europe. I never thought that I would marry a German and live and work from here. I have forgiven them but have not forgotten the massacre they didd to millions of people.

Peace will definitely come in the Middle East if every one there will learn to live with each other as equal and in harmony.

Have a nice, retful and peaceful weekend. Kind regards.

Mahmood
Comment by susan oppenheim on January 23, 2009 at 6:03pm
Mari-i love your story
we are all atill those children
and perhaps that is the commonality-finding the childlike essence-learnign how to share and be together in a crowded place-because there is always enough-enough time,enough new chances,enough bonds that should see us through the frustrations
micro and macro levelling here
thx
Comment by Mari on January 23, 2009 at 5:55pm
To me, Peace is a pragmatic thing. I shall recount a simple tale from my childhood to illustrate what I mean:

There were six children in my family, all very close in age, all of us needing food, clothes, shelter and the use of one single bathroom.

In order for us all to get ready for school, on time, in the mornings, we had to learn to share. It was a very small house and often we found ourselves tripping over one another to put on our winter boots and find our own own, individual mittens in the pile by the door. The rule was: NO FIGHTING!

We had to tolerate each other's needs and NOT hog too much time in that one bathroom. Sure, there were times when my two brothers would mix it up and start squabbling over whose boots were whose and, enraged, the elder boy would often smack the younger brother.

I would leap to the smaller boy's defense as the other girls scattered and ran outside to get away from the hostilities. I would stand between my two brothers, the aggressive one bigger than me and the other much smaller.
Sometimes I absorbed some hits from the big boy, too. I could NOT hit him back, for he was my brother.

While the younger child scrambled to pull on his boots and run outside to catch the schoolbus, I stood there, reasoning with my other brother to get a move on or we would ALL be late for school.

Usually, the tensions vanished rapidly in light of a SHARED GOAL.

Little brother (who had to share a room with the elder) always forgave the aggression and moved onto something else. Elder brother was not happy about being denied his "divine right" to dominate, but he had to go along with the rules in order to "keep the Peace" in our crowded household.

Please forgive my simplistic illustration, here, but I view Peacemaking and Peacekeeping as the most PRACTICAL of all endeavors we humans undertake.

Now, let's please co-operate, kids, and catch that metaphoric schoolbus all together, now.

Peace & Love (while occasionally "running interference"),
Mari
Comment by rose on January 23, 2009 at 5:10pm
Peace, like all things in (my) life, is dynamic.

For the individual being, its meaning and value shifts and changes from moment to moment. And for each of us, its meaning and value is very different and dependent on our circumstance.

And yet somehow, we all understand and share something of its universal meaning.

Peace.
Comment by susan oppenheim on January 23, 2009 at 5:09pm
i am truly honoured to be invited to this grooup

i look forward to international fellowship and constructive dialogues



blessings and light

susan
 

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