Predicting Peace, Part Five of Seven
By Will Wilkinson
I’m having fun with this series of blogs on historical prophetic predictions. Another one mentioned in the link I reference below seems to connect to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. His 1519 arrival in Mexico coincided with the year the Mayan calendar said Quetzalcoatl would return and reclaim the city of Tenochtitlán. So, apparently the native Aztecs believed Cortés was this being. That helped Cortés capture Mexico.
The same habit of “savior thinking” can defeat us today, prophecy or not. Who do we expect to save us? With deep respect and appreciation, we honor the Gandhi’s, the Martin Luther King’s, the Mother Theresa’s of the past. And the peacemakers of the 21st century. But we’ve moved beyond celebrity leaders. It’s up to all of us, acting on the small stages where we live. And, in fact, every day presents us with tiny opportunities, moments that will never be glorified on HuffingtonPost, that won’t lead to a Ted talk, that won’t appear in any New York Times best seller, and won’t propel us into fame.
We simply live with peace in our hearts and it overflows. Our cup runs over. Peace, the real deal, is like that. It can’t be contained, hoarded, bartered. It’s generative. It grows and distributes itself selflessly.
Tomorrow can be another ordinary day OR it can be the day you (and I) choose to be peacemakers and seize every opportunity to do our small service. It might seem futile, that all we can do is like a drop in the ocean but, then, that’s what the ocean is made of!
Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign. www.wakeupandbehappy.com