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Collaboration for Peace – 52 Pass it On

We did it!! We set out, 52 poems and photos ago, to collaborate in bringing peace to this cyber-village of poets. In the process we each found a kindred soul and a shared passion that was not bound by borders. Now that we have reached our goal, we are asking you to continue this journey of peace. Reach out to a fellow poet or photographer (amateur or otherwise). Combine your talents to express your thoughts about peace and inspire others to do the same. At the very least, you will challenge each other, and make a meaningful connection from across the miles. Let us know in the comments if you have decided to take on the challenge. We would love to hear from you and follow your collaboration.

For our last post for “Collaboration for Peace”, Mish and I decided to share our answers to some questions about PEACE. Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.

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Photo: Candace Kubinec

What does peace look like to you?

Candy:  Peace is a moment (or two) of calmness in a busy life. A time without fear or worry.

Mish: It’s not about rainbows and butterflies, peace signs and such. For me, peace looks like a world united, with non judgemental faces and open minds.

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Photo: Mish

How do you experience inner peace?

Candy:  Being outdoors is where I find peace to quiet my inner self, to prioritize. As an introvert, I need those moments to recharge.

Mish: When I feel turmoil in my life, I try to remind myself of my priorities, what truly matters in my life and eliminate the “small stuff” that gets in the way. I find inner peace when I am in nature, examining a wildflower in the woods or watching a hawk soaring above me. I think the simplicity of nature has many lessons for discovering inner peace.

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Photo: Mish

What do you believe needs to happen for peace to happen?

Candy:  We need to learn to respect others and appreciate our differences. And then follow up with actions that demonstrate that respect. A genuine smile goes a long way to promoting peace.

Mish: We have to break free from societal walls. We need to build bridges instead of walls. Respect and embrace our differences. Become part of the melting pot. Let go of our fears. Stop celebrating any country as the strongest or the best. No country is better than another. These arrogant personas do not support the goals of peace.

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Photo: Candace Kubinec

What can we do as individuals to promote peace in the world?

Candy:  Don’t give in to what is popular but do what you know is right. If you want to promote peace in the world it must start in your own neighborhood – a ripple of peace that will spread outward.

Mish: Reach out. Speak to others who look nothing like you. Learn first hand about their culture and beliefs. Give up the stereotypes. Become educated before you speak. Make connections. You will be enriched and enlightened.

Thank you to all of you who have “liked”, commented and supported our Collaboration for Peace project. We hope you continue our journey of peace.
We leave you now with our final collaboration, a poem written by Candy and a photo taken from one of  Mish’s most peaceful places.

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Photo: Mish

Peace Enough

I wish you peace enough
to last not just for tomorrow
but until we no longer
need to wish

I wish you peace enough
to share with those you love
and those you fear
so you may fear less

I wish you peace enough
to carry you through
turbulence and pain
so your heart may smile again

I wish you peace enough
to calm your inner self
then ripple out from you
to calm your world

~

Thanks to Mish for taking a chance on a stranger in this journey.

You can find more of Mish’s words and photography at  mishunderstood

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