Excerpt from Creating a Peaceful Life: Affirmations for Hope, Love, and Harmony (ISBN 978-1-300-67605-8, 343 pages, $1.99)
Every day, the earth rotates 360 degrees on its axis. Each year, the earth revolves around the sun. Revolutions are a natural part of the ebb and flow of life. Every breath we take is a potential revolution. Every thought, every word, every gesture. We need not plan or wait for a big revolutionary event; the very act of being alive is itself a revolution.
I admit that I sometimes hold naïve and romantic ideas about revolution. The word revolution seems to terrify most people, even though our nation was founded after a revolutionary war. Revolution understood as the unfolding process of life can beautify and sanctify our world. This is what I mean by revolution.
In my activism, I have transformed from a revolutionary, to an evolutionary, to a visionary.
As a revolutionary, I was reactive. My focus was on destroying unjust hegemony.
As an evolutionary, I was complacent. My focus was on going with the natural flow.
As a visionary, I am proactive. My focus is on creating the world of my dreams.
Perhaps the next step will be for me to effectively integrate all three paradigms of activism, easily moving among them as called for by the situation.
We are divided and
We are falling.
America is in need of a
One that is peaceful, not violent;
Selfless, not selfish;
Unifying, not separatist.
United we stand.