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30-Day Peace Challenge


We have created a 30-day Peace Challenge for you.  Each day there is a personal and an interpersonal action for you to perform.  We are starting with very simple, easy actions and progressing to more difficult ones as your Peace muscles are challenged and strengthened.

You may notice all actions in the Peace Challenge are Peace and quality of life related.  There are no material acquisitions suggested for acquiring things does not bring about Peace.

As you move through the daily Challenges, continue to practice the ones you have already performed.  You will be amazed at the cumulative effect.

If you find yourself having difficulty in a particular area on a regular basis, you may send us an e-mail concerning your Action Difficulty.  We may be able to provide some helpful suggestions.

Excuses? – guard against these common traps.  You must perform each action type each day – no exceptions. No, “I didn’t have time”.  No, “I forgot”.  No, “The dog ate my action list”.  No, “I didn’t feel like it today”.  No, “I couldn’t think of anything to do”.

Note:  Don’t allow failure to perform an action be a reason for giving up on the process.  Either start over from Day 1 or continue where you left off.  If you miss more than a few days it is best to start again as you are creating a Peace habit which needs to be reinforced daily to become part of your life.

Substitution of an Action:  If you don’t like some of our actions, make up some of your own.  The point is to do something deliberately Peaceful each day. If you have actions you would like to share with us, please e-mail them to Actions For Peace.

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Day 1 – Be Aware

Personal:  Quietly evaluate your personal level of Peace.  Can you be quiet with yourself?  How at Peace do you feel?

Interpersonal:  Look at others around you and your relationships with them.  Is there a great deal of tension in your life?  Does anyone make an effort to model Peace?  Do you model Peace for your family and friends?

Observe:  What are the consequences of your Personal and Interpersonal lack of Peace?  Would you like less chaos and more Peace in your life?  If you and everyone around you are already at Peace, you are one of the truly fortunate people on the Planet!  Go forth and spread it to everyone!

Evaluate:  Recap your thoughts for this day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.  You may want to go back at the end of the 30 days to see how far you have come.

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Day 2 – Be a Smile

Personal:  Smile inside at everyone you meet – it’s a secret only you will know about.

Interpersonal:  Smile at people selectively to test the reactions of different people to your Smile – especially grouches.  After some testing, Smile at everyone.

Observe:  See how Smiling makes you feel better, how it gets your attention off yourself and onto others and how your Smile influences others.  What impact do you think your Smile had on people?  When they come in contact with others, will they pass on your Smile?

Evaluate:  Recap your Smile successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 3 – Be Grateful & Thankful

Personal:  Become aware of all the things in your life you are Grateful for – especially the small ones.

Interpersonal:  Use “please” and “thank you” often.  "Please" in anticipation of Gratitude and “thank you” in Gratitude for another’s action.

Observe: How does Gratitude affect your day?  How does a sense of Gratitude change the whole way you view things and how people respond to you.

Evaluate:  Recap your Gratitude and Thankful successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 4 – Be Kind

Personal: Think Kind thoughts about yourself as the day progresses.  Don’t skip over being Kind to yourself – it may be one of the most difficult actions you take in this Challenge.

Interpersonal:  Say Kind things to others.  Say “hello”, to simply acknowledge another’s presence.  Hold the door for the next person.  Return their shopping kart.  Let someone in front of you in traffic.  Be Kind as we are all carrying a heavy burden.

Observe:  How did being Kind make you feel?  Did being Kind to others affect their behavior toward you and others they met?

Evaluate:  Recap your Kindness successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 5 – Be Accepting

Personal:  Be Accepting of yourself and your actions.  You cannot be perfect since you are human.  Don’t get down on yourself.  Peace is both a process and a goal – so regular acceptance of yourself puts you on the Peace Path.  If you step off the Path, just step back on and continue toward Peace.

Interpersonal:  Accept the actions of others as they are.  They are who they are.  Don’t judge them.  We have no idea what is going on in their lives.  We do not know what their Path is.

Observe:  Were you able to accept your actions without judgment? Could you accept others as they are and not apply your standards to them?

Evaluate:  Recap your Acceptance successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 6 – Be Forgiving

Personal:  Be Forgiving of yourself and your actions.  You can only do what you can do at any stage of your life.  If your actions do not live up to your standard, accept this, Forgive yourself, and strive to do better next time.  Keep remembering - Peace is a process.

Interpersonal:  Forgive other’s actions.  Just like you they are striving to walk their own Path and need your understanding and Forgiveness.

Observe:  See how freeing Forgiveness is to yourself.  Forgiveness has been defined as ending a need/desire to punish yourself and/or others.  Imagine how free others feel knowing you are Forgiving toward them.

Evaluate:  Recap your Forgiveness successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.  

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Day 7 – Be Happy

Personal:  We can at any moment BE any feeling we choose – so be Happy.  Think Happy thoughts.  Look on the brighter side of any event.

Interpersonal:  Being Happy radiates to others and raises their mood.  It’s really hard to be grumpy around a cheerful, Happy person.

Observe:  How did being Happy and spreading Happiness to others make you feel?  Did you notice very little “bad stuff” happened to you and lots of “good stuff” happened?  How did the World around you respond?

Evaluate:  Recap your Happiness successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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********* 7-Day Review **********

Review the progress you have made over the last week - celebrate it!

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Day 8 – Be Humorous

Personal:  See the Humor in your personal life.  See how changing your perspective from looking at an event as a problem to seeing the Humor it it makes all the difference.  It has been said that everything is in the perception of things.

Interpersonal:  Be Humorous with everyone.  Don’t worry about people thinking your Humor is in bad taste.  Bring out the Humor in others.  Take time to see the World as a fun, funny place.  Be sure to laugh with people not at them.

Observe:  Note how the use of Humor or seeing events as Humorous makes a great difference.  Humor is the grease allowing civilization to operate.  Humor removes the power from the apparent tragedy and woe in life.

Evaluate:  Recap your Humor successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 9  - Be Patient

Personal:  Be Patient with yourself.  Cut down on the judgment and criticism.  If there is a delay, relax and enjoy the break.  Allow that you are on a Path to Peace.  Peace is a process not instantaneously achieved.  It is both a process and a goal.  Recognize that many people you encounter every day are here to teach you Patience – remember this the next time you find yourself in the slowest line or behind the person who seems to be transacting all their life’s business while you wait for them.

Interpersonal:  Be Patient with others.  Model Patience.  Exude Patience.   Give people some slack – there is much more going on in their lives than you will ever know.  Experience delays with calmness.

Observe:  See how being Patient with yourself and others allows you to enjoy life in the break you just received.  Practicing Patience eliminates stress.

Evaluate:
  Recap your Patience successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 10 – Be Present

Personal:  We only have one chance to live each moment.  So live each day in the Present – in the moment - in the NOW.  Stay out of the past we cannot change (no guilt - no regrets) and the future still yet to be (no worry).  We only have the Present – the NOW.  So live there without guilt or worry.

Interpersonal:  Base relationships on what is happening NOW not on what has occurred in the past or may occur in the future.  Be with others in the Present – the NOW.  Appreciate them and yourself for where you are right now.

Observe:  Living only in the Present moment – the NOW removes all worry, regrets and guilt from our lives.  We are free to really live in the moment.  Being with others only in the Present moment removes all the old baggage from our relationships and allows us to enjoy people as they are right NOW.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Present successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 11 – Be Positive

Personal:  Be a Positive person.  See everything in its best possible light.  Expect things to work out.  Expect the best.

Interpersonal:  Be positive with others.  Know they are doing their best, being their best and walking their Paths to the best of their ability.

Observe:  Are you amazed at the effect you have on yourself and others by being Positive?  Did things turn out better in your life and the lives of others with this attitude?

Evaluate:  Recap your being Positive successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 12 – Be Friendly

Personal:  Be Friendly to yourself.  Act as if you are your own best Friend.  Confide in yourself.  Be honest and straight with yourself.  Celebrate your successes with yourself as you would with a best Friend or a child.

Interpersonal:  Be Friendly with others.  Go out of your way to show your Friendly interest in them.  Boost them.  Mentor them.  Be supportive of them.  In short, be a Friend.  Be the kind of Friend you would like others to be to you.

Observe:  Notice how being your own best friend causes you to treat yourself better – like a best Friend would.  Notice how being a Friend to others brings out their best qualities allowing them to excel in whatever they are doing.  Being a Friend is being supportive.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Friendly successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 13 – Be a Hugger

Personal:  Each day stand in front of a mirror, smile, give yourself a great big Hug and tell yourself what a wonderful person you are with a verbal Hug.

Interpersonal:  Hug others.  Hug your kids, spouse, friends and even strangers.  At first you may encounter resistance to this personal contact.  Don’t stop - it only gets better.  Humans crave physical contact – so contact them with a Hug.  A Hug says, “you’re OK”, “you’re accepted” and “I like you”.  Say hello with a Hug.

Observe:  Does Hugging yourself feel strange?  Do you have trouble accepting the wonderful person you are?  How do others react to a Hug?  Are Hugs uncomfortable and awkward to you and others?  Did you feel better the more Hugs you received?  You gave?

Evaluate:  Recap your Hugging successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 14 – Be Awed

Personal:  Begin each day in Awe of some aspect of life or Nature.   Observe the intricate design of a flower, the wonder of a bird’s flight, the birth of a child, the spectacle of a sunset with its “green flash”.  Be Awed by the amazing person you are and the things you do for others.

Interpersonal:
  Be Awed by the people around you.  Be Awed by the amazing people they are and the things they do.  Be Awed by the way they touch others.

Observe:  How does being in Awe change your perspective on your life and the lives of those around you?  Does Awe reinforce Gratitude?


Evaluate:  Recap your being in Awe successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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********* 14-Day Review *********

Review the progress you have made over the last week - celebrate it!

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Day 15 – Be Childlike

Personal:  See the World through the eyes of a Child for the day.  Wonder at everything you see as children do.  See the World with “new eyes”.

Interpersonal:  Observe young Children being Children.  Notice they act as if anything and everything is possible.  They know no limits.

Observe:  Notice how seeing the World with “new eyes” changes your perspective to Awe and wonder.  Are things you “take for granted” somehow now seen as special?

Evaluate:  Recap your Childlike successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 16 – Be Fun

Personal:  Lighten up.  Have Fun in your life on a daily basis.  Take time for Fun.  Be Fun.  Think in terms of doing Fun things on a spontaneous as well as a planned basis.

Interpersonal:  Be Fun to be with.  Be a constant source of Fun.  Be Fun for all people you meet.  Don’t miss an opportunity to be Fun and have Fun with others.

Observe:  Notice how being Fun and having Fun with yourself and others puts a smile on your face and theirs too.  Notice how having Fun lightens your burden.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Fun successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 17 – Be Good-Natured

Personal:  Be Good-Natured with yourself.  Give yourself some slack.  Be easygoing and understanding.  See the best in things.  Don’t let the little storms of life “rock your boat”.

Interpersonal:  Be the Good-Natured person people want to be around.  Spread cheer, happiness and helpfulness to others.  Have a pleasing disposition.

Observe:  Watch how being Good-Natured not only makes your life easier but also shares your warmheartedness with others.  You send out “good vibes” and attract “good vibes” in return.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Good-Natured successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 18 – Be Honest

Personal:  Be Honest with yourself.  Tell yourself how things really are.  Resist the impulse see things as other than they really are.

Interpersonal:  Be Honest with others.  Be the person people will always go to if they want an Honest opinion or evaluation.  Be cherished for your Honesty.

Observe:  See how your Honesty is of great value to yourself and others.  See how you are sought after for your Honesty.

Evaluate:
  Recap your being Honest successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 19 – Be Inspired

Personal:  Be Inspired.  Let your Inspiration guide your life.  Be Inspiration.  Think Inspiration.

Interpersonal:  Be a source of Inspiration to others.  Be that Inspirational person everyone wants to be associated with.  Surround yourself with other Inspirational people who Inspire you.

Observe:  What Inspires you and others?  Notice how your Inspiration has a motivating affect on yourself and others.  Notice how people do better when Inspired by you.  Where and when do you feel the most Inspired?

Evaluate:
  Recap your being Inspired successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 20 – Be Loving

Personal:  Be Loving to yourself.  Be Love personified. 

Interpersonal:  Radiate a warm, Loving image to the World.  Be the source of unconditional Love.  Love and accept others as they are without judgment.

Observe:  Notice how your unconditional Love for yourself and others overcomes all obstacles.  See how your Love radiates to the World allowing others to bask in your glow of Love.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Love successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 21 – Be Understanding

Personal:  Be Understanding of where you are on your Path.  Give yourself some slack.  Understand you are not perfect and never will be.  Life is a journey – so understand you are doing the best you can with where you are today.

Interpersonal:  Be Understanding of another’s situation.  Understand we all carry a heavy burden and need space and acceptance to accomplish our mission in life.  Overlook “faults” of yourself and others.  Be an “overlooker”.

Observe:  See how being Understanding of yourself and others reduces judging and criticism allowing you to see everyone in a new, softer light.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Understanding successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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********* 21-Day Review *********

Review the progress you have made over the last week - celebrate it!

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Day 22 – Be Supportive

Personal:  Be supportive of yourself.  Acknowledge your dedication to your Peace.  Compliment yourself on how far you have come on your Path – what a success you are.

Interpersonal:  Be Supportive of others.  Support others along their Path in any way you can.  Compliment, acknowledge and encourage them in their efforts to be better people.

Observe:  Notice how a Supportive attitude lightens the burden of yourself and others.  Being Supportive relaxes tension in the atmosphere.  It also gives you and others a bump up on the Path of life.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Supportive successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 23 – Be a Booster

Personal:  Be a Booster of you.  Boost yourself to yourself.  Actively encourage your actions on your Path.  Be your own cheerleader.

Interpersonal:  Boost others in all positive things they do.  Network them with others of like mind and interest.  Announce them to the World and all the good things they do.  Be their cheerleader too.

Observe:  See how Boosting of yourself and others gives everyone a positive advantage in everything you and they do.  Boosting shows you are interested enough in them and their successes to go out of your way to Boost them.

Evaluate:  Recap your being a Booster successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 24 – Be a Mentor

Personal:  Mentor yourself.  Be your own trusted advisor.  You will find a great deal of wisdom within yourself.  You are wiser than you think you are.  Be quiet and really listen to what your heart is telling you.

Interpersonal:  Be a trusted advisor to others.  Use the Mentoring process to build strong bonds with others.  Be a mentor to young people.  Share your wisdom and help guide them on their Path.

Observe:  See how Mentoring builds strong relationship within you and with others.  Rapport builds through Mentoring.  See how you feel after mentoring someone.

Evaluate:  Recap your Mentoring successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 25 – Be Receptive

Personal:  Be Receptive of your ideas and feelings.  When you have a good idea or a feeling something is right for you, act on it – don’t question it.  And don’t wait.  Be Receptive to “out-of-the-box” thinking.

Interpersonal:  Be Receptive of others, their ideas and actions.  Help them build confidence by being Receptive of them.  Being Receptive of others is a great compliment to them.  Be Receptive to new ways of thinking and doing things.

Observe:
  Notice how the quantity and quality of ideas and feelings grow as you become more and more Receptive of them.

Evaluate:
  Recap your being Receptive successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 26 – Be Outgoing

Personal:  Be Outgoing with yourself.  Enjoy your introspective moments but revel in being Outgoing.  Put yourself out there and try something new.

Interpersonal:  Be Outgoing with others.  Introduce yourself to show them your friendliness and acceptance of them.  Meet them more than half way.

Observe:  See how an Outgoing manner has a positive effect on you and others.  Did you find it was easier the more Outgoing you were?  Did you notice yourself standing up straighter?

Evaluate:  Recap your being Outgoing successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 27 – Be Open

Personal:  Be Open to yourself – who you are – how you feel – what you like.  Be Open to your inner self.  Resist being closed off to yourself.

Interpersonal:  Be Open to others.  Don’t close others out of your life.  Don’t just be Open with others – be wide Open.  The less like you they are the more Open you need to practice being.

Observe:  Notice how Openness brings down barriers.  See your Openness with others turn into Open acceptance of you.  The more Open you are the less distance and difference there is between you and others.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Open successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 28 – Be Non-Judgmental

Personal:  Be Non-Judgmental of yourself.  Accept yourself as you are.  Avoid dumping on yourself.  You are not perfect and never will be but you improve every day.

Interpersonal:  Be Non-Judgmental with others.  Accept them as they are.  Wanting to change them means you don’t like them just the way they are.  Always remember we don’t know what their Path entails so be Non-Judgmental of them.

Observe:  See how being Non-Judgmental of yourself and others builds Pathways to acceptance.  Allow people the space to make changes on their own without imposing your values and ideals on them.  See how removing your expectation of others increases the Peace in your World.

Evaluate:
  Recap your being Non-Judgmental successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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********* 28-Day Review *********

Review the progress you have made over the last week - celebrate it!

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Day 29 – Be Questioning

Personal:  Be Questioning of yourself.  Don’t accept your actions at face value.  Understand what’s really going on with you – what your motives are.  Constantlyquestion your ways of doing things – there may be a better way.

Interpersonal:  Question everything.  Risk being considered a person who wants to know why something is being done, if it is a good idea or even the best idea.  Just because it’s the way “we’ve always done it” doesn’t mean it is the right way, the best way or should be done at all.

Observe:  Notice how at first people will “roll their eyes” with your Questioning but gradually they will come to see you bring a valuable perspective to the table.  Notice as you Question more things you begin to see many, different possibilities yourself.

Evaluate:  Recap your being Questioning successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Day 30 – Be Yourself

Personal:  Always be Yourself.  Never try to be something you are not.  Being Yourself is about being honest with yourself.  We have light and dark sides – all of us do.  Always, honesty is the best policy.

Interpersonal:  Be Yourself with others.  Resist puffing yourself.  Share your true feelings.  Be genuine with others – they will respect you for your honesty.

Observe:  See how being Yourself causes others to be themselves with you.  Being Yourselves with each other creates entirely new interpersonal relationships.  What a blessing!

Evaluate:
  Recap your being Yourself successes of the day.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.

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Afterglow

You made it.  You now have considerably more Peace in your life than 30 days ago when you began this Peace Challenge.  You positively exude Peace.  You are sought after in life.  People want you to be around them.  They want your support and encouragement.
You may not be “at Peace” but you are certainly on the right Path to Peace.

Observe:
  How do you feel?  How are the people around responding to the more Peaceful you?  How has your life changed?

Evaluate:  Recap your successes of the 30-Day Challenge.  You may even want to write them down or “journal” about them.  Why not share them with a friend?

Peace is a process as well as a goal.  Keep up the good work and continue spreading Peace throughout your World.  With your continued help and commitment to Peace, World Peace will become a reality within our lifetimes. 

Always remember – Peace Begins with Me.

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Model Peace.

Create a “BUZZ” for World Peace.

Be Peace.


 

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