Every morning I awaken, pour a cup of coffee, and sit outside on the porch. Just before dawn, the tree rustles and the raccoon climbs down head first, then waddles across the yard out of my vision.
As morning breaks, the moon and stars disappear, the sky shifts from dark to light. The birds call to one another, flutter and fly from the highest of branches. The squirrels leap from tree to tree, spiral up and down, chase each other around the trunk. My neighbor’s cat sits patiently on the stoop, waiting to be let in.
I am happy to witness the world come alive and wrap the feeling of peaceful coexistence around me.
Peaceful coexistence is possible:
Within our individual and group efforts to make the world a better place, we, the human animal, all strive toward the common goal of peaceful coexistence.
The human animal is the heart and soul of peaceful coexistence. The human animal has the power to create and the power to destroy, the capability to harm and hurt. For peaceful coexistence to be real, we must respect life, employ our ability to heal, and share our ability to love.
Define your peaceful coexistence:
Peaceful coexistence is bigger than everything and anything we can ever imagine it or define it to be. Peaceful coexistence is the cumulative effort of the human animal to live without hate, prejudice, and violence toward the earth and all its living beings.
We must embrace, appreciate, and care for the earth, all the flora and fauna the earth supports, the tiniest insect, the rarest bird, the creatures that live in the sea, the smallest and biggest mammals, the human animal.
Make a commitment to peaceful coexistence:
It is not enough to think and talk peacefully, we must act peacefully, we must illuminate peace. Peaceful coexistence is our collective responsibility. Seek those who share your vision, exchange ideas, and open your mind to all possibilities.
With this responsibility, we must teach and share peaceful coexistence with others, especially our children, to maintain and preserve nature in all its beautiful manifestations and intricate relationships.
Practice peaceful coexistence:
Every evening before bed, I sit outside on the porch and look up toward the darkness of the sky. I seek the glow and glitter of the stars and moon, reflecting on the day, my many thoughts, experiences and interactions. I ask myself: Was I kind? Did I help someone in need? Did I make a difference? Did I take one step further toward peaceful coexistence?
I smile and turn in for the night, to sleep and dream. Tomorrow is another day to be peaceful coexistence.