People at peace: coincidence?
I think not.
Much goes into mutually beneficial behaviors and the resultant relationship.
Peace isn’t a raw material; it’s manufactured.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Peacemakers are blessed with peace because they fashion peace from the elements of heart and word.
They’ve mined their souls for their true feelings and boundaries.
They’ve ordered their thoughts in clear order for communication.
And with these natural resources they make peace through the process of diplomacy.
Perhaps the word diplomacy makes you grimace?
Winston Churchill grimaced so hard it looked like he was chewing on a cigar…
“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”
Will Rogers gave a wry smile at the thought of diplomacy…
“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie!’ until you can find a rock.”
I totally understand if you think that diplomacy is just a waste of time or a way to say nothing when speaking.
Many have used it in that manner.
But the diplomacy that brings peace is the type that Robert Frost spoke about…
Peace-making diplomacy honors whatever is precious about another party while covering deficiencies with deference.
He exposed the nakedness of his father and made division.
His brothers covered their father’s nakedness and made peace.
We can never make peace with ourselves if the majority of our self-talk is critical and accusatory.
And peace between us and others is only possible if we celebrate their contributions and value more than we bemoan their limitations and failures.
Whom will you honor in word and deed today to make peace?
What elements of your soul will you have to sort through before coming to authentic peace with yourself or someone else that you are in conflict with?
Courageously gather those resources and make peace.
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Do you have any tips on how to be diplomatic with those around you?
Do you know any great “diplomats”?