Peace through music? The lights dim. The audience swells to a fever pitch. And as the music begins, thousands of beautiful fires blaze as one, proceeding to light up the night.
On this auspicious evening, Carlos Santana and his brilliant team of musicians have joined together in musical magnificence, and a multitude of souls have simultaneously boarded a magic carpet that has elevated and transported their hearts, minds, and spirits to a faraway place; a place filled with joy, rhythm, flow, and pure LIFE.
If you were to interview each and every person in attendance and collected data about her/his social, philosophical, economic, political, cultural, and overall life picture, you would indeed find every facet and every color of the rainbow, and a collection of humans that may never otherwise come together. Yet on that night, as we each chose to occupy a common space and span of time together in the name of music, we DID come together to sing, dance, groove, celebrate, and ever-so-willingly choose harmony over any perceived dissonance.
Peace through savoring fabulous food and drink? The room is lovely and inviting. The tables are set and ready for a feast fit for royalty. And as the first glass is poured to pair perfectly with the first course that is also perfectly placed, lovingly prepared, and artfully presented, the joyful anticipation of each and every reveler in the room is palpable.
It’s Halloween night in Asheville, NC, and the culinary team at Ruth’s Chris, along with a special guest sommelier, commence a fabulous fall-themed dining extravaganza, and again another group of people who have never met—and who may otherwise never have cross paths—come together to savor and ignite their senses to experience a stunning array of flavors, textures, scents and colors. As each of us allow our palate to dance and swoon in “ooohs” and “ahs,” we choose to leave any tastes of bitterness far behind and give ourselves over to the deliciousness of life.
Peace through travel & adventure? The views along the road are utterly breathtaking. We arrive at stop #1 and are so deeply moved by the vistas that surround our nest for the night, along with the incredible red rock world that will be our playground for as long as we choose to stay.
We have rented an RV to tour a small slice of the American southwest for two weeks, and as we repeat this scenario multiple times throughout our travels, we encounter people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the globe who share our passion for travel, beauty, and adventure…
…And as we each marvel in the majesty of nature and the splendor of our planet, we trade borders and walls for shared sunsets, inspiring mountain and canyon master works, and trails leading to untold wonders; and in so doing, we build bridges.
A new groove, food for thought, and ideas to explore… What if rather than trying to sell others on your point of view and your way of living, you allowed yourself—and them—to just BE, to agree to disagree if need be, and then focus your time and attention building bridges to new territory by starting with your common ground?
What if instead of perpetuating a cycle of forcing relationships, timing, or interactions with others—be they family, friends or business-related exchanges—ensuring that someone always sacrifices her/his joy and well-being for the sake of another, you instead gave yourself permission to allow a more natural flow; connecting when you are clear and happy, with people you feel drawn to, at times that are conducive to ease and flow for all, and then engaged in experiences that provided opportunities for ALL to enjoy the experience?
What if in your desire to witness greater peace and see our world leaders spend far less time arguing and more time finding common ground and harmony, you first put this process into practice in YOUR own back yard, within YOUR own heart, and with all the relationships that matter in YOUR life?
This holiday season and beyond, what if you decided to be part of the solution?
The Bottom Line: World Peace Via Music, Food and Travel? Rather than feed dissonance and bitterness by continuing to build more walls via ideas or activities that are conducive to greater separation, imagine how the world—and YOUR world—could transform if you chose to focus on the common ground we share as humans?
Whatever you choose to do, here’s what I know for sure:
---Those who hear the music are for more likely to experience and create harmony.
---Those who savor life are far more able to enjoy the journey and share the sweetness of life.
---Those who truly appreciate beauty and are willing to go forth and explore the banquet of diversity of this planet, are indeed far more likely to expand horizons and build bridges.?
“I dreamt there was a time all gathered under the sun The sun shone down on all, all children of the light, we are one
And all did remember we are brothers, sisters And all did remember that we come and we go And all did remember that we share the same Mother And that one day all souls are called home
So let us appreciate each other And let us revel in our diversity And let us remember that we all are a part Of one beautiful tapestry Of one human family…”
--from “One Human Family” TTRH © 2016
Here’s to expanding peace in YOUR world, THE world, and to even more Merry-Happy-EVERY-days for ALL.
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