Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A New Hope for Peace: It's Not a Fairytale

"Hope is very real, because hope is an attitude that moves us through this moment and into whatever the next moment may or may not be. An attitude is always our choice. So hope begins with an attitude, a choice..but sometimes it is the hardest choice to make."
"Conflict is natural...what's not natural, not healthy, not necessary is to resort to violence to solve our conflicts and disagreements. Peace begins within each one of us when we are ok with who we are as a person." 
"Peace is possible but like Hope we must each choose to make it something that matters".

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Jeni Stepanek, an award winning writer, is a noted advocate for childrens, patients and families need and rights in health and education, and author of the new book Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs. Jenis message about disability, hospice, family support, parenting, writing, motivation and spirituality has been carried by all media outlets. Like her son, the late bestselling poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek, Jeni is forced to battle a rare neuromuscular disease. A noted guest on Good Morning America, Oprah, Larry King and The MDA Labor Day Telethon, Mattie created poetry from age 3 until he passed away in 2004 at age 13.
-- Listen to For Our World by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Interesting insight (Della Palacio)
"Instead of No bullying, let's shift the focus in schools to Peace. Let us teach peace explicitly in every school. Parents and teachers will tell you that teaching a child what TO do is much more impactful than telling the child what NOT to do. So, let's shift the paradigm in schools. Instead of anti-bullying programs, let's begin to teach peace, explicitly and directly."

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