Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan. Photographer unknown, Source: https://www.mapsofworld.com/travel/destinations/japan/hiroshima-peace-memorial

Today is International Peace Day.

This flame has burned continuously in the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan since 1964 when its construction was finished. The building you can see through the archway is the only structure left standing in the blast zone after the US dropped the A-bomb on August 6, 1945. It was directly under the explosion, like being in the eye of a hurricane. The rest of this extensive area has been turned into a public park and the building has been preserved as it was left.

I know you don’t need to be reminded that we are living in troubled, dangerous times. I am sharing this photo (photographer is unknown) because I want to keep a hope for peace alive and we need to be reminded to be vigilant and aware while at the same time keeping the flame of peace and love alive in our own hearts. A very difficult task, but if we support each other, reach out to others, and do what is in our power and proclivities to do, we can affect change.

Daily, I feel like I cannot possibly do enough to help change what feels almost inevitable. So, I understand feelings of futility, fear, doubts, grief and the threat of cynicism. But I just can’t give up. I love life. I love this planet and all of the astonishing beauty and complexity it holds.

May there be Peace on Earth, our beautiful home. May we put down our weapons and shields with which we guard ourselves: ideologies of scarcity nationality, separation, dehumanization of the other, greed. Peace requires softening and these are hard times.

Every little bit we can give to each other right now is needed.

Every support.

Every little prayer.

Every vote.

Every person who shows up to confront injustice.

Every air hug and loving, open look you can offer in the absence of real touching in this pandemic.

Every song you can sing.

Every piece of heartfelt art that you can offer.

Every question you can ask that removes illusion from the view.

Every story or reading or conversation you share that helps to shatter misinformation and turn toward truth.

Every time you step out of your own comfort zone and truly share space with another who is different.

Peace, Peace, Peace. May peace be with you.

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