Peace is Possible . . .

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~ Edith Wharton


KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 11: Thousands of people gathered for a candlelight commemoration ceremony the Nyanza-Kicukiro genocide memorial, 20 years after 2,000 people were killed by the extremist government and Interahamwe militia after being abandoned by United Nations troops during the 1994 genocide April 11, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. The forced march and slaughter of Tutsis that took refuge with UNAMIR troops from Belgium at the nearby technical college is seen by Rwandans as an example of their abandonment by the international community. It has been 20 years since an extremist government began 100 days of terror in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


I wanted to share a message from my dear friend Kadena TateSimon, below.  It is beautifully said. I appreciate Kadena’s sensitivity and responsiveness, as always, sharing the heart of love.  As for me, there is nothing else to say but to encourage each of us to “love and live in tolerance and acceptance, understanding and kindness, to spread our love and our joy to the best of our ability, and to CHOOSE this way. Then, when we fail (and we will) in our attempts, get up and start over with more wisdom and love than before.”



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Fellow human beings….

At some point you will need to take a good long look at your belief system.

Common sense will reveal that your beliefs about race, sex, age, religion, beauty, and money are exactly that – yours.

You do not have the right to lie, steal, cheat and kill others because they share a different viewpoint and/or life experience than yours.

You do not have the right to threaten and terrorize people because their appearance, culture, custom, sexuality and religion is different than yours.

You must mature. You must learn how to love, respect and appreciate our differences.

Can you imagine how AWFUL this world would be if we all looked, thought and behaved the same?

Thank God for diversity. There IS unity within diversity.

Peace is possible. It begins within your own heart.


Visit Kadena’s website/blog for more inspirational posts.

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