"Like a ripple in the water, each tiny act of peace
reverberates out into the world expanding the
experience of peace for all of us."
The Six Billion Paths to Peace
each of us to discover our own path to peace - to
determine that unique personal contribution that will
bring about a more harmonious world. Here are ideas
for beginning a conversation in your family about what
small acts of peace and service you each can offer.
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
||A Plug for Peace
Make a Difference...
Even young children understand they can do things to
make a positive difference for others, like helping a
sibling or picking up trash in the park. Try these hands-
on projects to launch your family's commitment to
peace and service:
Have each family member write or draw his or
her "path to peace." Then determine how your family
as whole can contribute. Write or make drawings to
represent your paths and hang them in a prominent
place in your home, as reminders.
Make a paper peace quilt. Have the family
brainstorm ways to promote peace. Write or illustrate
each idea on a 3" x 3" square piece of paper. Then
tape them together to create a beautiful paper quilt.
(Think about how many squares might make the quilt
look complete - perhaps 16 or 25.) Hang it up for all to
enjoy! You might get several families together to
create a bigger quilt with more ideas for practicing
Create family peace bracelets to remind
yourselves of your commitment to daily acts of peace.
Find instructions at the ehow website.
Photo: Six Billion Paths to Peace
||Messages of Hope and Harmony
Talk About It...
What does peace mean to you? When do you feel
What responsibility do each of us have to create a
more peaceful world?
How can we foster harmony at home, school, and
around the world?
Can you name some people who helped bring
about peace? What did they do? How can we learn
more about their lives?
Chat about the meaning of peace and how your
children might contribute. Here are some questions to
get the conversation rolling.
Learn About It...
The Peace Book by Todd Parr (for ages 4-8) is
chockablock with colorful illustrations on what can
define "peace" In a pint-sized world. Older children
may want to read Paths to Peace: People Who
Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben. It
contains stories about individuals who spent their
lives fighting for peace and justice.
Photo: Ths Peace Book
"Peace is not something you wish for. It's something
you make, something you do, something you are,
something you give away."
Robert Fulghum, author
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