Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dona Nobis Pacem - Grant Us Peace

My entire adult life has been spent seeking, sharing, and Being Peace. I strive to surround myself with people who live their lives in a peaceful way, and try to inspire those who struggle to obtain it. 

When I was young, I was blessed to grow up in an area of Upstate NY that was rich in cultural diversity. "Normal" to me was being immersed in that melting pot that was defined by so very many cultures and religions. My memories are filled with weekend events - celebrations, dinners, and dances held at different cultural community centers and churches. Everyone was welcome, and everyone would partake.
This place had been a destination for many immigrants years back due to the opportunities for work. I remember my grandparents telling me about the old shoe and cigar factories, which were popular places for jobs. As the area grew, more and more industry came.
Families were proud and grateful to have life long jobs that allowed them to take care of their families. There was also a pride in their culture and traditions, which they shared freely.

I was blessed to have grown up in this diversity, coming away as a young woman who held acceptance, understanding, and respect for ALL. I was blessed to become a person who sees similarities before differences, which has lent a hand in who I am today and the Peace that I hold in my heart.
Perpetuating peace in this world begins with our children, teaching them to embrace diversity and remove the labels that separate and divide us.
Dona Nobis Pacem
(Latin for Grant us Peace)

We All See the Same Moon
We All See the Same Moon, Original Painting by Jeanne Fry


rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

I, too, feel blessed to have nurtured the capacity to see "similarities before differences."
And *in* them.

Have a beautiful day, Jeanne.
Today and every day.

Dona nobis pacem.

ConsciousArtStudios said...

It is a blessing to be able to see and feel in this way. My hope is that more and more people will be able to do so. I am saddened when I see the bullying and bad treatment in our human connections.
Blessings to you Rosemary, and all that you do on this Earth. Your beautiful ways make a difference.
Dona nobis pacem.

covenantwmn said...

You are right about family. I grew up in a little desert town in CA, but was taught to love everyone. It makes it difficult to comprehend some things we see happening, but as far as what's in my sphere, I hope to spread love and peace. I'm glad I know you Jeanne!! ♥

PrettyGonzo said...

What a fantastic post! And your "We All See the Same Moon" is beautiful in content, sentiment, and form. Wishing you much peace, Jeanne, and thanks for sharing this. :)

ConsciousArtStudios said...

You have one of the most beautiful hearts Leslie. I'm glad that you are in my circle too ! Your kind heart has touched many people.

ConsciousArtStudios said...

Thank you so much Mary. Wishing you immense peace and joy for your wonderful spirit :)

Lui said...

Excellent writing and art!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! And the words fit perfectly.

Oh I so love your art! How did I miss this blog? This is one of the main reasons I love blogblast - I find a new wonder every year. :-)

Best peace blessings to you!

ConsciousArtStudios said...

Thank you Lui ~ Peaceful Blessings to you :) Have a most beautiful evening.

ConsciousArtStudios said...

Thank you Michelle :) This is a newer blog for me..I also write the Conscious Art Studios blog and the Wisdom Keeper Art Doll blog. Maybe you have seen me there?
(I also just got a message from Google saying they are having problems crawling my blog? (A "project" I need to make sure gets fixed) Not sure the issue, it is set up like my other blogs.
Sending beautiful blessings of Peace your way. Have a sweet evening. Jeanne