I’ve always wondered, “Is world peace possible?” Seeing and hearing about many incidences of violence and threats to peace around the world breaks my heart! Thousands of people lose their lives daily as a result of conflicts, uproars, wars and terrorist attacks. While it is heartbreaking recounting the avoidable loss of lives and properties, it is more saddening because the root causes of all these societal menaces are preventable.
So how do we make peace?
The answer is simple. We can stop all these hate tendencies if we choose to deliberately embrace and love one another despite our ‘differences’ because our differences are what make us unique as humans, they are what make us beautiful.
A daily conscious reminder that we will all leave this world someday should be enough reason for us to leave a bright legacy that will light the path for those coming behind us. After-all, who are we saving this planet for if we refuse to save and protect the people living on it?
I had read a lot about His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL). Whenever I watched him speak and read his tweets, I usually dreamt of meeting him someday. That dream came true in 2018! I learnt what self-care and inner peace truly mean, and how I need to ‘save myself first’ because you cannot give what you don’t have, right?! I also learnt the art of joy and above all, I learnt so much about true leadership, resilience and sacrifice. HHDL is a global icon that I admire, most especially because he is a living legend and an inspiration to millions of people. I am grateful to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for giving me the rare privilege of meeting him. It is an experience that I will never forget and will always make reference to because I had so many special moments with him (pictures don’t lie haha).
We all got to leave with a part of him in form of gifts and deep words of encouragement which we will always cherish!
The Generation Change Fellowship also gave me the opportunity to meet amazing and beautiful youth leaders from different parts of the world (war-torn zones to be precise). I got to learn about their hopes, dreams, aspirations and the work which they are all doing to ensure the world becomes better, safer and more sustainable. We tried new dishes and learnt different dance moves. We confided in one another, played games and had personal times to reflect and made the best of the moments we had. We were also given opportunities to speak and lend our voices for peace. We all came from different backgrounds, races, tribes and religions but what we had in common was that, we were all humans.
That is who we are first before belonging to any other group. Having this in mind is all we need to break stereotypes, treat one another better and stay united.
The thought leaders, trainers, staff and friends of USIP added so much flavor and color to our experience as they had something unique and tangible which they brought to the table. We visited historical places, learnt about Tibetans, watched debates and lots more! I was so encouraged and glad to see how the Tibetans felt safe and ‘at home’ despite living in another country. This is indeed proof that home isn’t necessarily a particular place, it is what and where you want it to be. It’s in your heart.
The world can only be better when we as individuals, strive to be better. The change we all seek is in each and every one of us. Our actions should do the talking. To save the world, we must search within ourselves to know what sets our souls on fire, what motivates us to speak up and what we all have in common. When we realize our true-selves and our purpose on earth, we will discover that we can and will change the world… just one step at a time!
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