So I have always been interested in peace. And what it means to be a pacifist. I even minored in peace and conflict studies in college. But I never really understood why it mattered so much to me. I certainly wasn’t interested in becoming an international mediator or spending my life at peace rallies and protests. That just never really felt like the work I was supposed to do in the world. I am a hippie at heart, but not exactly in my life. (I like jewelry and expensive handbags too much.) So this incongruity always bugged me a little. If peace really matters to me, why am I not actively working for it every day in some grand way?
And then I realized that I am. The work I am engaging in right now is all about peace. But the war isn’t in the Middle East. The war that I am obsessed with is the one inside your head. The battleground is your life. The fight is between your dreams and your fears. Your insecurity and your confidence. Your negativity and your hope. Your desires and your responsibility. Your doubt and your certainty. Your best intentions and your biggest weaknesses. Your ego and your soul.
It is the war waging inside the heart and the mind. And like all of the other wars on this planet, there is always a way to stop the fighting. Peace is available at every moment.
This is my war. This is the one I would spend my whole life trying to end. This is my little peace movement. I don’t think there is any more important fight.