Showing posts from May, 2012

Thanks, Coke!

On January 15th this year, I wrote a post, entitled 'Peace Vs. Coke' where I expressed my desire that peace education must have a reach like that of Coke or Pepsi, if not better. The post also suggested that it would be a great contribution if every Coke bottle could carry a message of unity and hope…  Coke's new advertisement brings the message of hope directly into the bedrooms around the world in several local languages.  

Yes, there are more and stronger reasons to be hopeful. Thanks for reinforcing that belief, Coke! I wish more and more companies would take the message of peace, hope and love and make it a jingle in our schools and streets.

The Business of Serving

To serve others is the greatest act that human beings can do, it is also a beautiful gift to God and the best part is that one can indulge in serving without much cost and there are ample amount of opportunities to serve! This world is full of poor, disabled, and broken people and many times all they need is sincere attention.

The challenge is to find the desire to serve. Once we are able to find the desire, we can easily find the time to serve. Serving involves serious business. It is the transaction of smiles, happiness and peace. The better you are at the business, the more profit you make in gaining all three.

For many 'serving' brings psychological healing. Helping others to heal has healing effect on the helper. For example, I often receive feedback from my readers about how this blog has helped them in reclaiming peace in their lives. However, I think the biggest beneficiary of this blog and the feedback from you all is me. As I write and get your reactions, I gain ins…

The balance of Peace

Today peace-builders are looking for the most apt definition of peace. We know that peace is not merely the absence of war, it is way beyond that. Peace can be defined both at societal and individual level. It can be an environmental condition or state of mind or a combination of both. 

Different people define and attain peace in different ways. In India, for thousands of year 'sadhus' (sages) migrate to Himalayas to search for peace and enlightenment. Others spend time in religious activities to achieve peace. Sadly, some engage in violence to look for peace. For many, simply spending time with dear ones or relaxation can be peaceful.

No matter how we understand peace and how we choose to achieve it, there are some factors that will affect that process. These can be internal and external factors as shown in the illustration above.  

As a result of interactions with several people in different parts of the world, I have gathered that forgiveness plays the most important role in i…


If you are experiencing hopelessness or fear, I urge you to look deep within. You can do this by spending some time with yourself or taking a walk in fresh air or playing an outdoor game.

Challenge yourself and face the fear. Visualize what is the worse that can happen. Think of three nice things that you can still do in that situation. Simple things like spending time with family or going for shopping or helping others or teaching poor children or partying with friends or just praying... the list can go and on!

The point is that sad things happen in everybody's life and most people eventually learn to move on. We all have the capacity called resilience, which helps us to bounce back from an adverse event. All we need to do is to believe that we will overcome.

No need to die before it happens, live your life because it is meant to be lived. Look for brightness in the sun, look for fresh water in the rain, look for twinkling stars and calming silence in the night, look for hope…