Cultivating peace in daily life.

Peace Events: Season for Peace in the Family (May 14 - June 18)

June 18, 2017

The period of time from Mother's Day (May 14) through Father's Day (June 18) offers a special opportunity to highlight the importance of peacebuiliding in family life.

 


This is a season to be active peacebuilders in our families through communicating needs, listening, forgiving, telling the truth, and clearing up unfinished business from the past...

 
If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the family.
Lao Tsu


One of the most powerful peacebuilding actions we can take is to become a "transition" person in our families.  A transition person recognizes the negative family habits and attitudes that are being passed from generation to generation, often creating deep suffering and chronic conflicts.  Fueled by a desire to contribute to the well-being of family members, a transition person makes the commitment to do the hard work that's necessary to overcome the negative scripting they've inherited, and to be the last link in the chain of these habits.

The gift a transition person gives to his or her family is enormous, as it frees younger and future generations to create healthy lives without the added burden of the toxic traits of a family lineage.

A tendency that's run through your family for generations can stop with you.
...your own change can affect many, many lives downstream.

Stephen Covey


A good resource for becoming a transition person:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey.

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