Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
World Peace Day (November 17th) appears to be a grass root effort made by curator, Don Morris. It is just one example of how one person can make a huge difference in the world.
World Peace Day encourages us to be kind and share peace through our daily activities. The easiest and most unique way to spread the peace (I think) seems to be by folding some origami cranes and leaving them around your city or town for all to see.
I reached out to some of my fellow Christmas in July members for some Peace Themed items to share today.
Nancy of EponasCrystals chose this Peace Heart Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet. She says, “What could represent peace better than the peace sign! In the 1950s the “peace sign”, as it is known today, was designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and adopted by anti-war and counterculture activists in the United States and elsewhere. The CND, headed by philosopher Bertrand Russell, was planning an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral to protest the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. By the end of the 1960’s, the symbol had been adopted as a generic peace sign, crossing national and cultural boundaries in Europe and other regions. The sign really became popular in the US during the 1960s and 70s, when it became associated with anti-Vietnam protests. Today the sign is a universal symbol of peace worldwide.”
Owner of StockLaneStudio chose this Peace Typography Print. She says, “In light of what’s going on in the world right now, especially this week in Paris, this is an important event! Just breathe some fresh air and relax everybody!!”
Samantha of DahlbyDesigns chose this Black Fused Glass Plate with White Daisy. She says, “A wonderful topic! This fused glass plate has a cheerful daisy at its center with captivating dichroic frit glass used as the stem. I have often visualized a field of daisies gently swaying in the breeze during stressful times, and I find that the movement and soothing color palette is very calming. The color changing stem in this piece adds a bit of surprise and invites us to look a little closer, to really notice the beauty in something delicate and peaceful.”
Janine of AllSortsOfSoaps chose this #makeforgood Christmas Candle. She says, “Peace is such a beautiful word and so hard to achieve. My #makeforgood Christmas Candle is especially made to give peace and support women and girls living in poverty in Cambodia through Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. For me, the candle flame represents hope, courage and peace in a world that sorely needs all three.”
Owner of EthicalInfant chose this Organic Cotton Baby Blue Onesie. She says, “Our item features the quote – “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa. These are words that we must all remember, especially now. Some will tell us to “be on the lookout” for those who wish us harm. Other may say to hunker down and not go out to where we could be venerable. We hope to challenge those sentiments. By looking at each other, kindly, embracing our differences and our similarities, and beginning a conversation with a smile, there is hope for all who wish to have it. Peace truly does begin with a smile.”
I had a lot of fun putting this post together, and loved reading all the great stories that pair with these items that are all unique representations of peace.
How will you be celebrating and spreading the peace today? Please share your story below!