The Gravity of the Battle Means Nothing to Those Who Are at Peace

Mo Gawdat spoke these words that were tattooed onto his son, while narrating his wonderful book, Solve for Happy.

Occasionally, words spoken on a podcast or audiobook literally stop me in my tracks on my morning run.

Most of my life I have had a war raging inside. My justice warrior speaking up for those who cannot, for whatever reason. While I like and appreciate my justice warrior, I wonder if I might become more effective if I worked from the field of peace.

This does not deny the need to attend to grave and important issues that humanity faces.

Rather than turn towards them from the combative stance, how might Peace respond?

I do not have the answer, yet the question is a worthy one.

Put this question into the context of the 100-year plan, and it becomes evident that we might wisely pick our battles. And while we are at it, we might consider that the value of small acts, kindness, growing vegetables, cultivating local community – all of those things discounted and belittled by our addiction to bigness – like the butterfly flapping its wings – matter.

January 10th 2019

Photo Taken January 10th, 2019