International Peace Month!
August was designated International Peace Month back at the time that the First World War ended, specifically on August 16, 1926, at the Democratic Peace Conference in Germany. As time continues to pass along with the heroes of that time, it it critical that new generations are educated about the unthinkable tragedies that grew from that conflict, to learn the lessons in order to build a strong foundation of peace and avoid repeating the same mistakes that led to the Great War.
I am not a history teacher, yet I do honor our ancestors that fought so hard for peace. Therefore, below I am offering intention-setting ideas to foster peace (inside and out) so that we all may do our small parts. I hope you will consider trying one!
- Study history. Consider reading a book on this Great War to better understand the worldwide devastation and how it changed Western culture. It is vital that the world does not forget the devastating effects of the war. Some books to consider include: All Quiet On the Western Front by E.M. Remarque, Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb; The Great War And Modern Memory by Paul Fussell; The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman; and/or Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.
- Social media. If you use social media, perhaps include #InternationalPeaceMonth in all of your posts this month. See what response you might get and perhaps offer a bit of education if anyone asks why you included it your post.
- Peace tree. A lot of us are finding ourselves in our gardens more during this pandemic, so consider planting a peace tree. You might plant it in honor of our war veterans in general, or perhaps a specific one. I recently learned that my grandfather fought in the Great War, so this is my intention this month.
- Explore a current conflict. Perhaps you do this with your child or a friend or significant other. Some questions to get you started on the journey of exploration might include “Whose point of view is expressed in the story?” and “What other voices or points of view are missing?” Brainstorm what you both think the other voices that are missing would likely say.
- Local heroes. Our local CBS talk/news AM radio station (KNX) highlights a local hero of the week. Recently, it was my neighbor’s greyhound who donated blood for other animals in need. It always warms my heart to hear these stories. Consider discussing local heroes who promote peace with someone you love. Examples might be medical personal, teachers, and rescue workers. Share how these people play a part in the peace process.
As always, if you try any of these intention-setting ideas for holistic health, I would love to hear about the impact they might have had for you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share!