Make your comments on who you will make peace with in my article published in The Malaysian Insider
It’s an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, when individuals come together to make peace.
Right now there are more people coming together, saying sorry, understanding and cooperating, standing for peace than ever before. We are going to see the greatest reduction of violence ever recorded across the world on one day.
About 98% of the world’s violence happens in our own communities, in our schools, in our homes. So who will you make peace with today?
Perhaps you know someone who needs some support, a relative who deserves an apology, a friendship that could do with a couple of kind words. So do it right now!
Write a quick email, send a text, take a peace selfie, share this #PeaceDay YouTube video with your friends. Download One, the Peace Day anthem.
Over a billion people are exposed to Peace Day. The target is 3 billion by 2016.
There are thousands of activities taking place across the world. From celebrations in humanitarian initiatives in the Great Lakes region of Africa to football matches in Brazil, from peace walks in Mexico to DJ sets in the Middle East and India. It’s really working.
Do whatever you want to, and see how many people you can reach out to on Peace Day. Get involved. Make peace happen and be part of this global movement.
Who will you make peace with on September 21?
I Make Peace
by Robert Chaen
Who will you make peace with?
I make peace with the red shirts, the yellow shirts and the shirtless.
I make peace with Low Yat traders, Petaling Street vendors, Chow Kit shops, Masjid India stores and pasar malam stalls.
I make peace with royalties, the government, opposition parties and independents.
I make peace with Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Buddhists, Christians, Catholics, Bahais, Sikhs, atheists and all religions.
I make peace with Asians, Malays, Indians, Chinese, Kadazans, Dayaks, Dusuns, foreigners, expats and all races.
I make peace with my neighbour who likes to park on my front road space.
I make peace with those whom I fought with recently, those whom I have forgiven and from whom I want forgiveness.
I make peace with my brothers, my annoying relatives, friends to whom I want to say sorry, people I have hurt, those who judge me and those who abandoned or betrayed me.
I make peace with those to whom I don’t have the right words to say, those to whom I need the courage to speak the truth, and those to whom I want to express my genuine feelings and say I love you.
I make peace with those from whom I have been withholding my love, those who misunderstood me, and those whom I’ve been avoiding and am in conflict with.
I make peace with gays, LGBT, those who have homophobia and those who are different from me.
I make peace with the mentally ill, people with schizophrenia, drug addicts and gangsters.
I make peace with the police, army, navy, air force, and all media and NGOs.
I make peace with dictators, tyrants, hypocrites, bullies, bigots, extremists and all racists.
I make peace, not war!
I shake your hand. I bow to the light and divine in you. I salute you. I wink at you. I offer you an olive branch. I offer you a shoulder to cry on. I let my heart go out to you.
I ask for your forgiveness. I say I’m sorry. I forgive you. I make amends. I let you go free. I let go of controlling you. I stop all forms of violence and abuse. I stop fighting you. I let my walls down.
I tell you the truth. I support you. I empathise with you. I understand you. I protect you. I pat you on the back. I accept you just the way you are. I respect you. I honour you.
I hear you. I feel your pain and hurt. I do the right thing. I keep my promises to you. I want you to have the best. I trust you. I believe in you.
I miss you. I yearn for you. I admire you. I hug you. I kiss you. I cherish you. I surrender to you. I love you.
Every act of kindness, positivity, love or forgiveness helps us all build peace one day at a time.
Come on! Who will you make peace with today? – September 21, 2015.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.