Making Peace

peace is elusive

but sharing a loaf of bread

is something you can chew on (ML)

The struggle for world peace is something which people – politicians, poets, preachers, teenagers – understand. Peace, peace, and there is no peace. We are always fighting with one another, on the world stage.

Will it ever change? I believe peace can prevail. I believe peace starts in my heart, and I share that with my household, my neighborhood, and friends near & far. Gradually, the movement expands.

I was reading about a woman called “Peace Pilgrim” and noted in her quest a simple resolve – to spread peace. Peace Pilgrim is a real person. She wrote: “We who work for peace must not falter. We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire others, we must continue to think of peace and to know that peace is possible.”

Peace Pilgrim was a woman who spent her life walking to work for peace. She spread her message by the simple yet arduous act of walking. Wherever she went, people met her and seemed to really see her passion for peace. Here’s a little about her life:

Brief Chronology of Peace Pilgrim’s Life

  • 1908: Born Mildred Lisette Norman on July 18, in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, the eldest of three children.
  • 1938: Preparations begin. “Living to give instead of to get.”
  • 1952: First woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season..
  • 1953: Jan. 1: Takes Peace Pilgrim as her name. Begins first cross-country pilgrimage from Pasadena, CA.
  • 1954: Forty-five day fast.
  • 1955: Begins second pilgrimage from San Francisco, CA. Walks at least 100 miles in each state, visiting each state capital. Also walks in Mexico and Canada.
  • 1957: Walks 1000 miles in Canada – 100 miles in each of the Canadian provinces.
  • 1964: Completes 25,000 miles on foot for peace at Washington, D.C. Stops counting miles, but continues to walk cross-country pilgrimage routes.
  • 1966: Begins fourth pilgrimage.
  • 1969 Begins fifth pilgrimage.
  • 1973: Begins sixth pilgrimage.
  • 1976: Visits Alaska and Hawaii for the first time.
  • 1978: Begins seventh pilgrimage.
  • 1979: June: Alaska educational and inspirational tour.
  • 1980: August: Hawaii educational and inspirational tour.
  • 1981: Spring: Formally nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by a group of church leaders from Memphis,TN.
  • 1981: July 7: Passes to “a freer life” near Knox. IN, while on her seventy cross-country walk.

This is a good time to remember that we don’t have to do incredible things to work for what we want to change in the world. We do have to make a decision, and we do need to persevere, no matter what. Think about it.

About @LatelaMary

Author of 14 self-help books, five still available: Prepare Him Room, Ten Steps to Peace, Healing the Abusive Family, Moments for Mothers. Breaking the Boxes: critique of institutions vs. individuals. Work-in-progress: Memoir (Sorting out Secrets)
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