HOW ARE YOU AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE?

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can
be is an instrument of peace.
~Carlos Santana

Peace Bicycles Luna Guitars Time Peace

CALLING ALL TRIBE MEMBERS

1. GET INSPIRED

In 2001 the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence: 21 September, Peace Day.

If you don't know the history of Peace Day, please watch this remarkable video to see the difference that one day of peace can make. It has inspired us. Now that Peace Day is behind us for 2014 the need for PEACE remains strong - stronger than ever.

PEACE ONE DAY I want to be an instrument for peace
Ready to tell your story?

2. CHOOSE TO ACT

We ask you to make peace, the peace you need: inner peace, peace at home, at school, at work, or in your community Ask yourself, What small thing can I do in my own community? How can I be an instrument of peace?

If you wonder what difference one person can make, please believe, the most simple things often turn out to be the most important, even life-changing. To help ignite you, we've gathered ideas below for you to explore and consider, actions you can choose from. Feel free, of course, to come up with something all your own.

ACTIONS FOR PEACE

Play for Peace

Sing your favorite song about peace and be sure to say a few words about Peace Day so folks in your circle are aware. Share it with us by uploading a youtube link. Share it with us by uploading a youtube link.


On or before Sept. 21, play for your place of worship, a hospital, a home, a hospice, a homeless shelter, a psychiatric facility or a prison. Let them know about Peace Day. Please document your efforts and share.


Teach a child a song about peace. Record it and share!


DJ's or Community Radio Stations, here's an official How-To: Set For Peace


Perform or busk for Peace on Sept. 21 with proceeds to Peace One Day or any other Peace organization of your choice. Video? Photos? Let us know how it went.
Charlotte Campbell busking in London Charlotte Campbell busking in London


If you have a gig on or before Sept. 21, dedicate a song or set for peace and make your audience aware of the day. Send us links; send us news. Tell us about it.


Make Something Peaceful

Make a human peace sign in your school or town. Look at all the people who have done this!


Plant a peace pole (and dance around it.)


Create a Peace Garden. Yvonne has blogged some examples.
Buddah bowl


Create Peace Rocks and distribute them


Create Peace Cranes or Doves for Peace Day and distribute them. WikiHOW to fold an origami crane
Learn how to fold them on wiki-how or with this video.


Make Pinwheels for Peace and plant a field of them on Peace day.


Make a Peace Flag and fly it.


Provide children sidewalk chalk for recess to express their visions for peace in visible outdoor areas.


Peace is in our hands - chalk

Create a work of art expressing your vision of peace to exchange with another person or group. Tell us.


Quilt for peace. Explore the amazing examples out there.
Peace QUILT


Teach Peace

Find Inner Peace

Advocate for Peace

Dance for Peace. Put together a performance formal or flash, and dedicate it to peace. Email Yvonne with your plans and she'll might add them to her upcoming blog on the subject! Be sure you share your story with other tribe members.


Work with local soup-kitchens and shelters to host a meal for peace. Or invite your friends and dedicate the conversation to awareness of peace day. Email Yvonne with your plans or your results to inspire an upcoming blog.
Host a meal for peace


Use your blogs and social media, to raise awareness of September 21 as Peace Day. Use this page as an into and link back to it with these graphics if you like.



3. SHARE YOUR ENGAGEMENT

Once your project is underway and you are ready to share it with us, please return to this page and click on the I WANT TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE circle to share photos, links to videos, and your description of what happened or is happening.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes