"Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come."
"Peace begins with a smile."
The theme for this week's CST activities was 'Peace, Perfect Peace'. This was because it was 'National Relaxation Day' on 15th August and will be 'International Day Of Peace' on 21st September.
Each year the 'International Day of Peace' is observed around the world on 21st September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.
In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.
The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.
And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
The 2021 theme for the 'International Day of Peace' is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.
It was 'National Relaxation Day' on 15th August. We asked members what do they find are the best ways to relax?
- listening to classical music
- reading a book
- a walk on the beach
- stroking their dog or cat
- a nice hot bath
- a cuddle (or cwtch) from a loved one
- a few quiet moments of reflection.
What about more formal or disciplined approaches?
- tai chi
- playing an instrument
Next, we asked members to list some 'Signs Of Peace' ...
- kiss on the cheek (or two)
- reverse 'v' fingers
- olive branch
- white flag
Ask everyone to join their hands, bow their heads and say 'Namaste' to each other. The meaning of 'Namaste', a Hindu blessing, is ...
"My soul honours your soul
I honour the place in you where
The entire universe resides.
I honour the light, love, truth
Beauty and peace within you,
Because it is also within me.
In sharing these things
We are united, we are the same
We are one.
IDIOMS ABOUT PEACE
We next completed the following idioms about peace ...
Peace perfect - PEACE
Make love not - WAR
A peace - OFFERING
Anything for a quiet - LIFE
As quiet as a - MOUSE
At peace with - THE WORLD
Bang out of - ORDER
Breach of the - PEACE
Calm before the - STORM
Cool, calm and - COLLECTED
Domestic - BLISS
Flower - POWER
Give peace a - CHANCE
Hold your - TONGUE
Keep calm and - CARRY ON
Knock your heads - TOGETHER
Justice of the - PEACE
Make one's peace with - SOMEONE OR SOMETHING
No rest for the - WICKED
Peace and - QUIET
Peace in our - TIME
Peace of - MIND
Piece of - CAKE
Piece of the - ACTION
Real piece of - WORK
Ship shape and in good - ORDER
ORGANISATIONS OF PEACE
It is 'International Day Of Peace' on 21st September. Ask members to identify the logos of some international organisations concerned with and about peace and answer a question or two about each.
1. This is an intergovernmental organisation tasked with promoting international co-operation and creating and maintaining international order. There are 51 member states. The headquarters are in Manhattan, New York.
What colour helmets do their peacekeepers wear?
2. This is is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Members work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace, amplify the voice of small states, and protect the environment.
Who is its head?
3. This organisation helps people in crisis, from natural disasters to vulnerable people in home countries. When there is an tsunami, earthquake or hurricane etc, causing loss of life and severe destruction, a 'Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal' is launched.
Where is the organisation based?