Since the day I started this project — this blog and family wellness coaching business that has helped and inspired thousands of women around the world — I have operated on one single personal mission.
To change the world — one family at a time.
And, beyond that, I teach one overriding guiding statement in nearly ever program, every eBook, every product that goes out into the world …
Peace begins with us.
Peace begins with me.
This guiding statement inspires everything I teach, promote and advocate for while working with clients in the Abundant Mama online program, one-on-one coaching and group programs.
We can’t expect to change the world if we can’t first look in the mirror and begin with ourselves.
And not just ourselves.
Our families, too.
Recently, I announced the Rise and Shine for Peace event that will take place on October 2 — where ever you are when you wake up that day. Anyone can participate and wake up and set an intention for peace.
But the event is for moms like you. And me.
Because we are on the front lines of world peace.
We are peace warriors every single day.
We are raising the next generation that can add to the peace in the world — or the violence.
I wrote on the event page the following:
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ― E.B. White
This quote pretty much sums up how I feel every single day.
As moms, we have a personal responsiblity at not only modeling peace, but encouraging our children to spread it in the world and all around them.
As moms we have a front seat at changing the world into a more peaceful and loving place.
So, let’s band together and make a pact to let peace begin with us, our families and our communities.
And so let’s IMPROVE THE WORLD and Savor it.”
So how do we do this?
How do we set an intention for peace? And, more importantly, why?
Let’s start with the WHY.
Why set an intention for Peace?
I strongly believe that if you don’t know where you are headed you will live in a state of uncertainty. The fog of motherhood, raising a family, keeping a house, working a job and meeting deadlines WILL take over.
And it all becomes too much. Adulting is hard work. It takes over everything.
Including our ability to put peace in our lives as a primary value in all areas of our lives.
We live in a violent world. And my highly sensitive nature wants desperately for us to all be non-violent in all things.
Violence permeates the songs we hear on the radio. It consumes our movies. Our TV shows. The videos on the Internet.
And, it’s the reality of our communities.
But more than that … it’s become the way we speak to each other. It’s become the way we engage with each other. It’s become the way we see the world.
We can be violent in wanting to be right. To be heard. To be understood.
We can be violent in how we view people we do not know or who are not like us or who do not think like us.
How do we set an intention for peace?
With BIG tragic and scary events happening all over the world right now, it can be easy to feel helpless.
We give our time and our money as best we can. Some more than others.
But what is a MOM in the trenches to do?
What can I do? I’m just a mom?
How can I contribute to making the world a better place? I’m just so busy — and tired.
My answer is always the same.
Work on you.
Work on your family.
Be a peace warrior at home.
Let peace be your guiding mission in all the things you do. And if we ALL did that, we’d have a more peaceful world.
But the truth is that now more than ever we have the power to influence not just our own families but so many others through social media and email.
So when you post about your family’s peaceful actions — spreading kindness to all — you are empowering others to do the same.
That’s what Oct. 2 is all about.
Be the change you want to see in this world, Ghandi said.
And I say this: Be the kind of parent you want to see more of in the world.
Setting an intention for peace might be as simple as some of these:
- “I intend to spread peace to others while driving my car today.”
- “I intend to focus on finding peace in myself and my mistakes today.”
- “I intend to be peaceful in all interactions with my children today.”
- “I intend to speak words of peace to everyone I cross paths with today.”
- “I intend to spread peace by typing with kindness online today.”
- “I intend to build up those I love by celebrating their peaceful moments.”
- “I intend to stand on the side of love for ALL human beings today.”
- “I intend to spread peace by not calling names or speaking negatively toward anyone.”
Everyone who signs up for the challenge before Sunday will receive a FREE Peaceful Meditation to use for Rise and Shine for Peace as well.
Join the 10-Day FREE Rise and Shine Challenge HERE.
Join the Rise and Shine for Peace event HERE.