Uplifted by hard-working and far-reaching organizations such as Playing For Change and others from all over the world creating hope-filled expressions of love and peace, I get inspired to raise up my own voice. To sing out ‘this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’. I’ve been sharing this sentiment lately because I need to hear it. I must remember how important every voice is, or I lose hope. I begin to feel disheartened that I cannot make a difference. But that is not the truth. So I shake off that falseness, and claim my rightful place in the choir. A choir of global peace-seekers and light-workers.
Every writer sharing their truth and their journey. Every poet capturing beauty and longing for more. Every photographer looking deeply at the world and endeavoring to share their view. Every musician who captures those elusive notes from within their heart. Every artist using color, cloth, metal, ink, clay, paint and more to share the beauty bursting out from within them. Every chef who creatively combines foods and flavors, bringing out depths and heights for our taste buds and joy. Every neighbor with a smile. Every volunteering pilot. Every caring teacher. Every kind clerk. Every friendly bus-driver. Every compassionate doctor. Every loving human. We are all essential to the choir.
Yes, I use metaphors. I’m a self-taught writer throwing it all out there in neophyte abandon. I have a passion for peace, and I have an inner pull that insists I share. I have to sing out and add my voice to our choir of hope. I have to sing about promise, about everything that IS working. I want us to focus on the many ways that peace is occurring right now, and help it grow. I recall Dr. Wayne Dyer in one of his motivational PBS programs, saying “Right now there are approximately 800,000 people at war. However if we take into account about 7 billion people live on our planet, that means there are 6 BILLION 999 MILLION 200 THOUSAND people who are living at peace. This is a hopeful statistic!”
He was urging us not to collapse into despair and hopelessness at the news and negative propaganda, and instead focus on the fact that most people are at peace. People want peace. We want to find solutions. We want to help those at war to work things out. We want to help raise all children in environments of love, shelter, food, safety and learning.
This post celebrates the fact that we may be only one but together we make an impact! This old saying reminds us to stick together: “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” Let’s remember that every person, every voice, makes a difference. Let’s fill our hearts with love and sing out our notes with joy! Let’s all add our voices to the choir for peace.
[Images not mine; original sources could not be found]