At The Y
Our world is a diverse and unique place. Personal individuality and diversity of cultures makes our world exciting and wonderful. Many countries take pride in their cultures and celebrate them by having anthems, flags, and holidays. Uniqueness and diversity is what makes our world special but it can also lead to conflict.
Disputes arise from differing political, societal, and religious views. In this respect, our societal uniqueness can work against us. Conflicts arise when we are unable to resolve our differences.
Conflicts can be small in scale such as a dispute between neighbours or on a larger scale such as the World Wars.
Our best asset as humans is our ability to communicate effectively. When communication breaks down it causes anger and distrust. Being an effective communicator is not easy and takes effort and practice.
The first step to becoming an effective communicator is having a conversation. Anger and frustration might arise from a particularly hard discussion and will threaten your ability to communicate effectively. Having an open mind and being willing to compromise will help you have a successful conversation.
Peace Week is an annual initiative facilitated by YMCAs across Canada. The project focuses on local and global perspectives to help bridge our differences. Peace Week takes place this year from Nov. 16 to 23.
Suggested Peace Week actions include donations to a local food bank, helping the elderly, tutoring children, and volunteering for a local charity. Peace Week also celebrates a local individual or group that has demonstrated a commitment to peace with a Peace Medallion. Talking about issues and initiating conversation is an important element of Peace Week.
As Mother Teresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.”
So smile and have a conversation about how, through peaceful action, you can have a positive impact on your community.
Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.