The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #12 Peace

Image for The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #12 Peace

by Donna Visocky

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

As I sat down to write this article, a song lyric kept playing in my head: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

Composer Jill Jackson Miller was a very wise woman. She knew that peace cannot happen outside of us, between cultures, between nations, until it begins within us. Once we find that stillness deep in our heart, an uncompromising love for self, only then can we create it in the world around us. We become the kind of person who can live at peace with others every day, with our family and loved ones, in our workplace, in our community; that is where peace must begin.

We each have burning within us a tiny spark. When we nurture that spark, an amazing thing begins to happen. Our light radiates out to all around us, like a single candle piercing the darkness. So delighted in its brightness, it then shares its flame with another, which touches another, and so it goes… until one day the entire world is bathed in light.

Mother Teresa said, “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” Do not underestimate the Power of One; your power. You can change the world, simply by carrying peace in your heart and living it daily.

Will we be the generation that fulfills the dream of a peaceful world? Let it begin with me.

Donna Visocky is the founder of BellaSpark Productions and publisher of BellaSpark Magazine.

November/December 2011

Meet Up with Jack Canfield in Hog Heaven
by Linda M. Potter

Igniting the Next Phase in Consciousness:  Partnering with Matthew Fox
by Sally Petersen

Make Affirmations Work for You
by Ronald Alexander

N.O.T.E. to Self: What We Resist Persists
by Gary Dooley

Walking The Way: Lessons from the Road to Santiago
by Danny Long

Nutrition Know-How for Holiday Health
by Nicole Turner-Ravana

Give the Gift of Conscious Consumerism!
by Donna Mazzitelli

Global Girlfriend Empowers Women Around the World
by Phyllis Kennemer

Ho’oponopono: Love, Forgiveness and Inspiration
by Jan Waterman

A Dozen Christmas Roses
by Author Unknown

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #1 Laughter
by Merrie Lynn Ross

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #2 Happiness
by John Randolph Price

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #3 Inspiration
by Jack Canfield

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #4 Life
by don Miguel Ruiz

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #5 Your Heart’s Song
by Barry Goldstein

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #6 Radical Self Care
by Cynthia James

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #7 Freedom
by Linda M. Potter

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #8 Self Love
by Arielle Ford

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #9 Self
by Katrina Pfannkuch

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #10 Encouragement
by Mark Hoog

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #11 Gratitude
by Ed & Deb Shapiro

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #12 Peace
by Donna Visocky

Heeding Our Wakeup Call: An Interview with Michael Mirdad
by Tuula Fai

Go-Green Resolutions for the New Year!

The 10 Best Apps for a Healthy, Green Lifestyle
by Katrina Pfannkuch

Back to all issues