“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” Mildred Norman Ryder, AKA Peace Pilgrim
This quote is from an amazing women who called herself the “Peace Pilgrim“. This hyperlink brings you to a website about her life story. It is a fascinating storyto read. She had a simple message and a strong commitment of “walking for peace”. She started walking for peace in 1953 at the age of 45, she vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting till given food.” She walked for 28 years and over 25,000 miles. She touched the hearts, minds and lives of thousands of individuals across all across North America. Her message was simple and profound.
As I have stated in the past, walking for long distances day after day changes you and as you change, you influence and change those around you and hopefully for the good. I know that many folks that walk the Camino, do come home changed and hopefully for the better. Certainly, the “Peace Pilgrim” was changed by her long walk for peace. Those years of walking help her to see more clearly that path of peace. She wrote them down in a booklet called “The Steps To Inner Peace“. It is a very small little booklet but it condenses down some core truths of living a peaceful life.
We recently went to see the musical “Dreamgirls” and was struck by the song “I am changing”. The song is a powerful reminder that we all make mistakes but we can change for the better. The lyrics “I am changing, Trying every way I can, I will be better than I am, I trying to find a way, To understand” spoke loudly to me, as that is how I feel. I am sure a long ways from where I need to be. I need to keep changing, especially after reflecting on some of the steps to inner peace.
Let’s all take some time to reflect more about how we can change to live a more peace filled life!
Blessings and all good,
Photograph of the Week
This was a double exposure taken this past Sunday evening of Mt Rainier from Useless Bay, Whidbey Island at sunset. The other image overlaid onto was of some of the beautiful clouds that evening near sunset. I loved how it makes Mt Rainier look like it is floating on clouds.