Peace does not arrive as a gift

“Peace does not arrive as a gift, and it’s not up to anyone but yourself to make it happen.”  ~Thomas Moore

Dear friends,
A new year is the perfect time to take stock of where we are and where we are going, flowershence our propensity to make resolutions. We want to be somewhere we are not. All the businesses that promise to make us thinner, stronger, happier, more organized bombard us with advertising in the hopes of hitting our needy spots. Seldom are we sent the message that who and where we are is enough. But I have learned from experience that until I accept where I am, I cannot find the courage and will to make necessary change. My discomfort with where I am — once it is great enough — becomes the fire to fuel change. The search for peace may be the same. We don’t like many things about our current world, our country and its leaders. But it is where we are. We can wallow in despair or we can use our discomfort to fuel action. Even one small act can make a difference — just like the woman who threw starfish back into the ocean one at a time despite the hundreds that lay around her. Thomas Paine notes, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my children may have peace.” Let’s keep working together through our discomfort to plant the seeds of peace for the future. We at JRPC are looking forward to tending that garden with you…Betsy