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The Wisdom of Peace

Lao Tzu wrote this poem as part of his work many centuries ago. The hard work of transforming life begins internally and closest to home. Sabbath practice and the mindfulness that comes with it are essential ingredients to living life in a fuller, honest, and moment-to-moment way.

We only bring peace to the world when there is peace in our hearts. From there, we gradually move outwards and the ripple effects are felt gradually first in our home, then our communities, cities, in our nations, and finally in the world. It is not the work of one person and one life time, but the work of many and many life times.

In this rippling, leading is not leading others as much as it is leading my self in the world and touching others with new-found peace.

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

21 responses »

  1. trying it now with the deep aspiration
    that it ripples through my neighborhood, thanks! :-)

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  2. Thank you for the inspiring words!

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  3. A great reminder. Thanks

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  4. beautifully written..peace …

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  5. So awesome and true! I love this!

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  6. Most definitely the bottom line.

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  7. We only bring peace to the world when there is peace in our hearts…………very message oriented lyrics. thanks for posting
    with regards

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  8. I enjoyed this post very much Ivon. I celebrate the power of ripples and the importance of every peace-filled heart and home. We really all do make a tremendous difference, and finding our own inner peace really matters for the whole world. Beautiful post my friend. Thank you for sharing it. Namaste. Gina

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