Just a quick hello to you all out there. Hope the New Year is getting off to a good start for you all. For those of you who haven’t had the benefit of a good start, don’t worry because I can assure you, it’s not how you start but how you finish. So don’t fret, my friends, just ease into the new year with purpose and intention. – assess as you go, and make the necessary adjustments as needed. Remember, at the end of the day we are responsible for our own way in life; how it looks, how it feels.
So okay, today I attended a three day event called the POWER OF PEACE PROJECT (POPP) supported by the Warden, and headed up by an extremely energetic, loquacious, ambitious, idealistic, and passionate guy by the name of Kit Cummings. I missed the first day, I have to admit (not my fault), so missed most of the introductory stuff, but was filled in on some of it. Basically, it’s what he describes as a “movement” to create or inspire increased peace in the lives of individuals and communities as a whole. His targets are prisons and anywhere else where the lack of peace and harmony may exist. He’s a subscriber to Ghandi, and MLK’s philosophy of nonviolence, and believes in the power of second chances (incentives over punishment). I have to say, it’s easy to see how people would connect with this guy and buy into his ideal of peace, but I have to admit without seeming overly pessimistic, that I’m not completely sold on the movement as a whole. I love the passion and commitment displayed, don’t get me wrong, but humankind being what it is (throughout history to the present), I can’t help but feel sceptical about any long term successes. That being said, I applaud any and all efforts that proves successful in helping this world be a less violent place to live. I can say this about the man, himself —he’s very interesting and quite entertaining having a host of interesting experiences to boast. And did I say the man can talk?! Sheesh! (laugh) You could be in a crowd of people, unnoticeable, fall asleep for two hours (or more), wake up, and the man would still be going strong (laugh ). Gotta give him credit 🙂 If you get a chance, check him out on the web: POWER OF PEACE PROJECT By the way, part of our participation involves a 40 day commitment to peace. You all are invited to follow along with the appropriate app.
Well, it’s been an exhausting day. One more day of POPP, and then it’s once a week for 6 weeks before graduating and becoming alumni of the movement 🙂 Am signing off for now, but before I do, I leave you with a few encouraging words:
“Life is rapidly passing, Fiercely commit to every moment you find beautiful and remember it. Record it. Fully, wholeheartedly inhabit it. Awareness is one of the greatest things you can possess in this life as it is as important as the very air we breathe and water we drink to stay alive.”.
– Victoria Erickson