The world celebrates International Day of Peace each September with parades and ceremonies from the Peace Garden in Japan to all ends of the earth. I am wondering what peace means to the average American? Many of us have no real concept of the cost of the peace we enjoy. We all want peace and harmony for ourselves and our posterity. (Disclaimer: No offense is intended by any of my comments.)

I love using mnemonic devices to help kid learn, like Roy G Biv to remember the order of colors on the visual spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), or Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to remember the order of operations in mathematics (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction), or King Philip Can Order Five Giant Sandwiches to remember the order of taxonomy in biology (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species). Making learning fun naturally reduces kids’ anxiety and engages them in their learning.

These “concept acronyms” came to me when I was meditating about the true meaning of peace.

Patience as we solve disagreements through communication and common goals

Equality for all people – this should be a priority to teach all children

Action to do good and positive things. This is a big job, but “many hands make light work.”

Caring about your neighbor, not condemning him. Live by the Golden Rule.

Exist together. We’ll not agree on every topic. People deserve equal rights, dignity and respect.  

Permanently

Erasing

All

Cancers’

Existence

 

Positively

Engaging

Altruistic

Citizens

Everywhere

People

Exchanging

All

Cultures

Equally

Both of my grandfathers served in World War II, one army and one navy. They and the men and women of their generation fought and sacrificed much for what we have today. They did this right alongside folks who were “red, brown, yellow, black and white” (as the song goes). Remember their sacrifices. Our country has never been perfect, but now more than ever, we need to work together toward continued peace. Consider what the world would be like with even less peace. Do what you can to teach your children values of equality, liberty and mutual respect. Surround your children with people (friends, teachers, caregivers, etc) who will expand their horizons rather than narrow them.