Peace is Not a Season

Welcome to 2013!

As the year came to a close, I met fellow blogger Kozo, who started an idea, or perhaps a movement called Bloggers for Peace

The goal he sets forth is for bloggers to commit one post a month to the topic of peace during 2013.

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It’s easy to think that writing about peace is for others to do, or that as individuals we wouldn’t have anything to say about such a lofty topic.

Not true!

You see,

I’ve had a Christmas card in my possession for more years than I can even remember.

It was from a box of cards that I bought;  I decided to keep one for myself.

I’ve kept this card in the front, clear pocket of a binder where I kept music. 

I saw it every Sunday when I sang in Church. 

It has a lovely picture of a dove.  It simply states

PEACE is not a season.  It is a way of life.

This aging card had been a constant, visible reminder to me

as an individual 

to be prayerful

to be kind

to pause before before I act impulsively

to consider how my actions may affect someone else

to be grateful

to say thank-you

to spread goodwill

to smile

to be sincere

to persevere in a walk of holiness

to live a life of peace.

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I would like to believe that I always remember these considerations.

Sadly,

I’m far from perfect.

What this means is I have plenty of room for improvement!

As I wonder where 2013 will take me

I can strive to live out the gentle reminder from my Christmas card.

PEACE is not a season.  It is a way of life.

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Will you consider writing a blog a month on the topic of peace?

If you’d like to find out more, be sure to check out Kozo’s blog!

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I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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50 comments on “Peace is Not a Season
  1. fgassette says:

    Sounds like a great idea. Let me think about how and when I can fit it into my blog. I’m not a good writer, but I may give this a try.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  2. J M Naszady says:

    Thanks for what you believe and what you do!

  3. Gemma says:

    Beautiful. Peace. Persevere and believe, Cathy. Although none of us are perfect, you are closer than you give yourself credit for. 🙂

  4. adinparadise says:

    Great concept, Cathy. Wishing you a happy and peaceful year. 🙂

  5. Kozo says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Cathy. I love the card you saved. Peace is a way of life. Part of what Bloggers for Peace aims to do is make peace an integral part of our lives.
    I also love your word cloud. I can tell by the words that are emphasized that you are already a Preacher of Peace. Thank you.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello Kozo. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Peace is a way of life. We can strive to practice peace and kindness everyday. I believe it can be contagious!

      I enjoyed making the word cloud. They can be a good expression for our thoughts! I don’t want to think of Bloggers for Peace as a challenge, but rather a goal as far as writing a post a month. I look forward to continuing on this theme! Best wishes.

  6. Fredy Davis says:

    Late Happy New Year Dear !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. The Smile Scavenger says:

    What a beautiful notion! During the holidays many strive to be kinder and give more. During the earliest part of the year they strive to be better people. Then, it’s all too often forgotten. Peace is not a season… a simple reminder with a powerful impact. Thanks Cathy. 🙂

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello Smile Scavenger! You’re very welcome. It’s true that when all the decorations are put away and all the gifts are unwrapped that we tend to loose focus. It goes beyond gift-giving and New Year resolutions! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Reblogged this on heartflow2013 and commented:
    A wonderful way to start out 2013: Peace Is Not A Season – It’s A Way Of Life!

  9. That is a super idea Cathy. Those words are so true, Peace is not a season… I find it so interesting that all of us bloggers come from all walks of life, different backgrounds and faith, yet we are all family in a way. What better group of people to work at promoting peace than us – world peace and inner peace we can make this world a better place.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Patty! So true! We express ourselves in so many different ways through prose, poetry, photography, song and videos…yet we can all project a positive, supportive and uplifting message!

      Part of the reason I wanted to do this was that I just mentioned to my husband that I was getting tired of seeing “tabloid” headlines from a variety of sources.

      Isn’t there a different message that can be conveyed?
      I think so…and I hope that together we can make a difference for someone who may hear that message.
      Sounds like a pie-in-the-sky dream? I hope not.

      Thanks, as always for your comment, my friend!

      • It just reminds me of that song… “peace, let it begin with me” I have been thinking of that song most of the year. It takes one person to light the candle…I think it was Kathy Troccoli who sang something to the affect about lighting our candles and setting the world on fire…

      • Cathy G says:

        Yes, I’ve been humming that song, too! I also have a little bookmark that someone gave me a long time ago. Funny the things we keep…”It it better to light a candle than to curse the darkness…”
        It looks like you have a possible post in the making! 🙂

  10. Sheryl says:

    What a wonderful goal for 2013. I look forward to reading the posts. Happy New Year!

  11. gingerbreadcafe says:

    What a great sentiment, we should all remember that.

  12. lvsrao says:

    Great Concept.
    Peace is not a Season. It is a way of Life. :: TRUE to the word.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    ALL THE BEST.

    • Cathy G says:

      Thanks, lvsrao! As I mentioned earlier, a wise person created the message. How fortunate that I was in place to see the Christmas card, and, that I felt the call to respond to it! I’m pleased to meet you!

  13. Hi, I have nominated you for 3 awards! Please check out the link for more information.
    http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/duplicate-awards-and-multiple-thanks/
    Congratulations! Blessings, Cathie

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello helpwithyourlife! How sweet of you! I will check out the post. It may take me a while to respond to awards, but I do enjoy passing them forward! Thanks.

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  15. fgassette says:

    Hi Cathy, through your beautiful post I have decided to join “Bloggers for Peace” Here is my first entry. http://wp.me/p23TG1-1Xf Thank you for your inspiration.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  16. Cathy G says:

    Hello everyone,
    I want to give you an update for this post.

    I’ve always felt that credit should go to the wise person who created my wonderful Christmas card!

    I decided to research the card further. After conducting some online searches, I discovered that the person who created the card is an artist who happens to be a WordPress blogger!

    I reached out to her to thank her for her card and her wisdom. She was very gracious. She also requested that her blog be kept private.

    I am very happy to respect her wishes. I’m also glad I was able to share that her card was an inspiration to me over the years.

    Thank-you, for your lovely comments. I have been touched and deeply humbled. I look forward to having a dialogue with you as we continue to share our thoughts about PEACE.

  17. I can see why you saved that card! Beautiful thoughts.

  18. sonsothunder says:

    This is a very beautiful sentiment…I could vow to right about peace once a month, but, each post would inevitably be written on the “Prince of Peace”…Which, I probably need to get back to musing with more …
    Bless You
    ~Happy New Year~

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello sonsofthunder! I can understand why you may want to write about that topic! 🙂 Thanks very much for stopping by my site. Have a safe and blessed new year!

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  20. smallpebbles says:

    thanks for stopping by…..just rolling a smallpebble……we don’t have to “try” to be peaceful, peace is our true nature…..it is always there……(but sometimes the “me story” forgets!)……….

  21. electronicbaglady says:

    what a lovely card; I can see why you kept it! Thank you for sharing

  22. Really I appreciable ,I like beautiful thoughts
    Thanks for sharing here!

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