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October 2015

Do you take life seriously?

by Hélène Montpetit

Life is

serious business

ask anyone

who has come close

to losing it

whose expected lifespan

is no longer

measured in decades

who hasn’t yet

heard the punch line


This post inspired by Patricia’s Place “Do not take life…” for October 28th, 2015.
“Do not take life too seriously. 
You will never get out of it alive.”
Elbert Hubbard

How about you? How seriously do you take your life?

Sweet Songs Collection no. 5: Peace Geeks

Founded in 2010 by Renée Black and Soudeh Jamshidian, PeaceGeeks is an NGO based in Vancouver, BC. It works with grassroots organizations dedicated to promoting peace, accountability and human rights. It provides the technological, communications and management tools these organizations need to increase their efficiency, maximize their impact and be seen and heard on important issues. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 5: Peace Geeks”

The most important thing in the world

  Continue reading “The most important thing in the world”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 4: Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace fosters personal and interpersonal transformation in teens affected by conflict. An initiative of John Wallach, an American journalist, author and editor, the organization was founded in 1993 as a summer camp where children from opposite sides of conflict could get to know each other. As they share time together, the youngsters’ attitudes and perceptions change and they begin to respect and empathize with their peers. Leadership programs are then available in their communities to support their growth as peace builders.

There are now over 6,000 Seeds of Peace alumni uniquely positioned to lead change throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States.

For a short video introduction to Seeds of Peace, please see the Sweet Songs page here.

To access the Seeds of Peace website, click here.

Too many walls

by Hélène Montpetit

With too many wounds
open and bleeding
I sought your warmth
and got a cold shoulder. Continue reading “Too many walls”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 3: Vision of Humanity

Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s leading think tank on quantifying the economic value of peace. Taking the notion of peace out of the spheres of philosophy and spirituality, the Institute grounds it in numbers that provide a strategic approach and make possible the development and implementation of practical solutions. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 3: Vision of Humanity”

The Goddess at Dusk

You ask how I can see

beauty in your weathered face? Continue reading “The Goddess at Dusk”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 2: One Community Global

One Community Global is a non-profit, open source organisation engaged in creating blueprints for sustainable living. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 2: One Community Global”

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