Let It Begin With Me

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I titled this blog using part of the lyrics of the song “Let There Be Peace On Earth“. I have always loved that song’s lyrics. I believe it has some profound truths in its simple lyrics.

When we look around us these days at some of the troubling world events, we can go through a whole variety of emotions (e.g. anxiousness, sadness, anger, frustration, helplessness). The world does not seem very peaceful that is for sure. We can easily be sucked into a feeling of despair and blame of others. We can find ourselves with very little peace in our own lives as a result.

I ran across a great quote from Leo Tolstoy the other day that seems appropriate to remind ourselves of when we become overly anxious and worried about the world’s turmoil’s and violence.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself.”

We so easily fall into this trap of thinking that it is someone else that must change to get things straight in the world. It is easy to look outside ourselves first rather than within. It is often hard to see but we all need to take a regular look within for the changes we may desire to see in others.

As I have mentioned before, one of the benefits of walking the Camino is the long time one has in silence to think. Time to resolve and re-think things in our lives and to examine ourselves a bit more. This is a healthy thing for us to do.

As I think about this time of year, when we take a look at ourselves and set some New Year’s resolutions, it might be good for us all to consider what we need to change in our lives so that we might create more peace. What am I doing or not doing that needs to change so that there is more peace within myself and with others?

“Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.”



Photograph of the Week

Oregon Coast Art

I took this photograph on a beach several miles south of Yachats, Oregon. This image called to me to do something more with it. I used some of my “digital darkroom tools” to create this unique final effect.