Remembrance Day

November 11, 2010

By Joyce Odidison

November 11, 2010

By Joyce Odidison

Isn’t it surprising that even today, we as a human race still view as the answer? We have not made peace with the fact that to make war with the other is to make war with ourselves.

I think it is important to remember the sacrifices of the veterans and the lives lost at war over the centuries, and even today. I would also like to challenge my readers to go one step further and remember – by looking at your life and where you may be waging war with someone. Isn’t time you declared peace?

The appreciation and preservation of life is our ultimate calling of a society. Remembrance Day is a time to think of our purpose here on this planet. Peace is often expressed as a noun in our society. Isn’t peace the act of being not at war? Does this exclude our personal wars and vendettas? Shouldn’t we all be actively working for peace?

Could the act of being in peace be that we begin to see ourselves as one race of people, brothers and sisters, children of the universe? It is no accident that we look, speak, act, sound and often think differently. How would we grow if we were all the same? Who would challenge us to be our best self and challenge our ideas and thinking about our vast universe?

Social Science researchers have found that it is much easier to like and love others who look, sound and think like we do. There is recognition, understanding, a strong connection and ease of interaction in those interactions. At the same time we experience the opposite when interacting with those who are different. In those relationships we need to look harder, dismiss stereotypes; make an effort to learn about them, try to understand their style, show interest, stifle our judgments, and give consideration to their views and sometimes, even change our own beliefs, perceptions and actions.

In other words we grow when we connect with others who are different or outside our circle. It’s a wonderful, educational experience to be part of a diverse universe. Let us also remember that today.

What about you? What are you remembering today?

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on the Wellness Competency Alignment concept to improve and measure wellness behaviours in organizations. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 25. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce is the author of six books. She has Founded and leads Coach Velocity School of Coaching, an approved program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainer driving inclusive workplace wellness strategies for organizations globally. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com

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