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Overcome hatred with love

“This is the way of peace- overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love” – Peace Pilgrim

Did you ever notice how news is delivered? It mostly negative, zooming in on what’s going wrong and what’s not working somewhere in the world. Lots of people think that this is a good representation of how the world is. I am not so sure about that.

I do believe that the world is how you look at it. So if you think the world is mostly a bad place, you’ll find loads of examples that match your view. And if you think that the world is mostly a nice place with good people in it, you’ll find proove of that everywhere.

A few weeks ago the book of the Peace Pilgrim came into my life, while browsing books at a secondhand market. And I love every word of it! She decided to walk for peace -and ended up doing that for almost three decades, walking more than 25.000 miles. Her motto was: “I will walk until given shelter and fast until given food, remaining a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace.”

I am so moved by her words and actions, that I will share a few of my favorite parts of the book. This is one tiny small act of bringing more love in this world. And I do believe that all tiny and big acts of all people together go a long way. So why not go a peaceful way?

“When enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become more peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war.”

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a defeatist or negative thought.”

“The situation in the world around us is just a reflection of the collective situation. Only as we become more peaceful people will we be finding ourselves living in a more peaceful world.”

“I am not concerned with racial or ethnic background or the color of one’s skin; all people look to me like shining lights!  We people of the world need to find ways to get to know one another – for then we will recognize that our likenesses are so much greater than our differences, however great our difference may seem.”

 “The medicine this sick world needs is love. Hatred must be replaced by love, and fear by faith that love will prevail.”

“Every good thing you do, every good thing you say, every good thought you think, vibrates on and on and never ceases.”

Want to read more? You can download her book -for free- on the site about her.