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Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

05 November 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem 2011

I'm late. (I'm always late.)
I see there's still no peace all over the world.
There's folk protesting peacefully.
There's folk who have overthrown tyranical governments peacefully (and then what happened?!)
There's folk who have tried the peaceful route, and ended fighting for months in order to obtain the peace they searched for...(I heartily hope for them to succeed).
There's folk who still don't believe it can happen (who knows, maybe it can't, but isn't it worth a try?)
Another year, and peace isn't here yet.
Thing is, though, my feeling is folk are feeling less peaceful.
So much anger and hurt in the world.
So many losing jobs, losing their homes, not having enough to eat... so many beginning to get angry about the world situation.
Can peace come through anger?
Maybe it can.
Sometimes folk need to get angry to fight for what they believe in.
To get angry they have to care.
To care they have to be involved.
I think folk are reconnecting again, after a long period of disconnection to the community. The community is back. It's strong.
Folk in England care about other folk in Egypt or Libya or the United States. Folk in Spain care about those in Japan. In Australia folk care about other folk on the other side of the world.
Everywhere there are connections across religious and geographical boundaries that were never there before.
This gives me hope.
So long as folk care, and are willing to do something about, not just their own situation, but other folks' situations, there is hope.
Although I see so much sadness in the world, so much strife and hardship, I also see folk reaching out to others and moving together.
This is more reason for hope than anything I've seen before.
May this coming year bring us closer still...
May folk continue to care enough to feel angry how others are treated.
Through anger, may the world change and become peaceful.
So, my wish this year is a strange one for me.
I hope for anger.
I hope for that will to do something.
I hope that the anger is channelled peacefully, but will give folk the willingness to do something, anything, about any situation that isn't right.
If everyone did just one thing, that would make the world nearly 7 billion times better!!

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At November 05, 2011 6:36 pm, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

So it's like coming home here on Dona nobis pacem Day. Just doesn't feel right without you. The "thoughts you put together' turned out profoundly honest. But I would expect nothing less from you.

Your dawning photograph will soon hang proudly on wall in Bloggingham (as soon as this construction mess is finished). Peace and love to you, my lovely friend from across the pond. I always say that about you and Akelamalu! We don't seem that far away though, do we?

xxoo
Mimi

 
At November 05, 2011 6:38 pm, Blogger Mike Golch said...

Peace be with you and your family.

 
At November 05, 2011 6:49 pm, Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

 
At November 05, 2011 8:37 pm, Blogger Travis Cody said...

I don't think you can be late to peace so no worries there. I wrote about changing circumstances and perspective. Your post reminds me that there are many ways to peace, and perhaps getting angry enough to start working toward peace is one of them.

Best wishes to you and yours for peace today and in all the days to come.

 
At November 05, 2011 9:20 pm, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

So well said. I, too, view the growing unrest as the shift in consciousness that has for so long been needed, at a grassroots level. Those at the top wont change or give up their power or control of wealth. Those at the bottom, having an increasingly hard time of it everywhere, are on the move. It can happen. It is happening. "A better world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing," is the Arhundati Roy quote on my peace globe this year.......I believe it!

 
At November 06, 2011 11:45 am, Blogger Tink said...

Great post. Peace to you and yours!

 
At November 06, 2011 5:06 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Better late than never my lovely. I knew you wouldn't forget. xxxx

Peace to you and yours Annelisa. x

 
At November 07, 2011 1:48 am, OpenID Barbara Shallue said...

Beautiful post - never too late to post about peace! Peace be with you!

 
At November 07, 2011 8:02 pm, Blogger Michelle said...

Well... i'm late reading posts so as far as I know, you're on time! ;-)

Lovely post.

Best EVERY DAY peace wishes to you. :-)

 
At November 11, 2011 5:26 am, Anonymous RennyBA said...

What a wonderful contribution & thanks for the link love all the way from Norway :-)

 
At November 18, 2011 12:28 am, Blogger Finding Pam said...

I enjoyed reading your post on Peace. I don't advocate for anger, but maybe that is what it will take to get people together.

Lovely photos of your skies and snow.

May peace be with you always.

 
At November 18, 2011 3:56 am, Blogger Lui said...

You can never be late with Peace.
You can grumble, get bored, get inspired, get mad, get jolly ... but in the end, peace remained. Forever etched in your heart!

Thank you for visiting Annelisa!

 
At November 19, 2011 7:12 pm, Blogger CyberCelt said...

Every thought of peace floats free of this Earthbound existence and counters the evil that men do. It is never too late and never too little.

 
At November 20, 2011 3:27 pm, Blogger Carver said...

Wonderful thought provoking post. Peace to you and yours.

 
At November 22, 2011 7:32 pm, Blogger CherryPie said...

Thank you for dropping by my Flickr stream and my blog and linking. It was lovely to see you :-)

 
At November 27, 2011 3:16 am, Blogger rox said...

Annelisa Thank You so much for not just visiting one of my blogs but all of them ! and responding so thoughtfully .
right away I will let you know Jojo came home safe and sound and is now wearing the biggest bell I could find on her collar !
Also my brother is now being transferred from QC to here in MB. now ! it is wierd but in QC there is a huge prejudice towards english people and then also racial tention .so with him here it will be easier to help him .
Annelisa your quilt is amazing ! just the idea in itself is amazing !
I feel so blessed to have come on board Mimi's project .
I grew up with such hate and violence in the home and our city the area we live in everyone is angry .even some peace activists are pushy and bossy bullies . So it is a rest for my soul to build strength to find people connected how we are via peace blogs .
Thanks so much ! Lov Rox

 
At December 11, 2011 4:22 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Interesting... anger to peace... I suppose it can be. I suspect it is more likely to lead to something less calm though..... I know I am less rational when I am angry.

I have missed you - hope you're well. I didn't see your comment (it ended up in a moderate bit I did not know existed) but I am fine thank you. I have replied to you back there but I would like to hear your news. Email & let me know what's what, eh?

TC x

 
At January 26, 2012 3:38 am, Blogger Rosidah Abidin said...

I'm also late here. Please, forgive me. There has been so much going on in my life lately... I can relate very well to your words in this post. Anger that is channeled peacefully... I really like this way of thinking. Hugs and love.

 
At July 29, 2012 9:42 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Is everyone ready for the next BB4P in November?

 

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