Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

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Peace is the Word

You know you’re singing this blog post title to the tune of Grease’s theme song: “Grease is the word. . .Peace is the word.”

Okay, I’m weird I know, and I may just get weirder when I relax this year because my word for 2017 is PEACE.

I’m super excited to have decided on this as my theme for the year, and I can only hope that it leads to a wonderfully amazing and peaceful year. What do I mean exactly that my “word of the year” is PEACE?

It definitely does not mean that I’m already peaceful, or of course, I would not have to choose this as my word. I need to work on bringing peace to my life. I need to get rid of activities that do not bring me peace and come into less contact with people who are toxic and chaotic. I want to spend time meditating, napping, reading, and sitting in the sun. I want to exercise because that gives me a relaxing feeling when I’m finished. I want to have less schedule and more fun with my daughter. I want to nurture relationships, especially ones that bring me happiness, joy, and you guessed it, peace.

Divorce is anything but peaceful. It is the exact opposite of my word of the year. Divorce when children are involved is even worse because this person whom you cannot get along with is STILL in your life; and together, you are trying to parent your child, whom you love more than life itself. How could that ever be peaceful? I have lived in chaos for a long time. SO really, peace is just an extension of my word from 2016, organization. Clutter does not bring peace. Organization does (for me).

What I’ve decided this year is that even if a relationship cannot be 100 percent peaceful, I can react to it peacefully. I don’t have to engage. I can have mutual respect even if it is not returned. I can put my daughter first and focus on what is best for her.

I also need to STOP second guessing myself and being so hard on myself. We all do this–it’s common for women, but I think men are just as bad. We are our own worst critic–that is a true, true statement. So I want to learn to stop criticizing myself so much, and find peace with my decisions and life path.

There are a lot of things in this word I cannot control, including and most especially any other human being on this planet. The U.S. right now does not bring me peace. The world does not bring me peace. So what will I do about these situations? I will commit to responding peacefully and trying very hard to NOT be quick to judge or harsh with my words.

How do you find peace?

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Peace Begins With Me

The craziness of people fighting on social media the past week has started to die down somewhat, although I will admit more and more news from Washington concerns me. But this is not a political blog, and I don’t want it to turn into one. What I wanted to share today was a poem I wrote several years ago for kids after the horrific 9/11 attacks. One of my friends mentioned it on my Facebook page, and I had actually forgotten all about it. But I found it, and here it is:

START SMALL

Peace begins with me?

Violence is everywhere,
I see it on TV:

Countries fight
Soldiers die
Bombs explode
Gas stings
Airplanes crash
Buildings crumble
Bones break

“What can I do?”
Too small, just one

I remember you,
My best friend until:

Girls fight
Friendship dies
Tears explode
Words sting
Heads crash
Feelings crumble
Hearts break

“I’m sorry, forgive me.”
A nod, a smile

Peace begins with me.

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