So often we see things going in the world that result in needless pain and suffering. Because we are compassionate we feel and think that “something must be done”. At the same time, becuase our actions tend to be overly influenced by our conscious minds, the next thought often is “but what can I do, I am only one person”
I recently became aware someone who chose not to listen to the limitations of his conscious mind, and began to take action to make a difference in the world. The purpose of my sharing his story is not to have you feel small or less than because you have not taken action on such a grand scale, rather to remind you of what is possible when one is committed to following the passion of their heart, even if they don’t always know where it will lead.
Also all plans whether great or small begin with one step. As you read the folowing i encourage you to open yourself up to the possibility of taking a step forward to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be step to change the world, it can be a step to make a positive change in yourself or your family, or community.
Any step that results in a positive change anywhere in the world even if that change occurs in only one person, is a step worth taking. I believe that when one person makes a positive change in their lives, others are encouraged and “given permission to do the same.
Below is short film (about 9 1/2 minutes) in which Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day talks about his Journey and the mission of his organization, and how you can get involved.
The following is reprinted from Peace One Day website at http://peaceoneday.org
In it Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day recounts his journey over the past ten years, as well as his vision for the future. Jeremy is also a gifted film maker, and has documented his journey from the beginning on film. You can view many of these on his website, as well as purchase a full length DVD (the proceeds of which go toward furthering the mission of Peace One Day.
10 years ago this September I founded the film project Peace One Day to document my efforts to create an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, POD achieved its primary objective. United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/Res/55/282)
Through Film—my new documentary The Day After Peace, produced in association with the BBC and Passion Pictures, has so far been licensed for broadcast in 48 countries, with screenings at film festivals and elsewhere in 43 countries. The next film, now in production, will focus on the process of institutionalising Peace Day and the continuation of life-saving activities on the Day. You can get involved by screening the film on Peace Day as part of our 192 UN member states screening campaign. Or visit our new My Take on Peace
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