The ugly truth about chasing peace

Grand Canyon | by Chensiyuan

Grand Canyon | by Chensiyuan

Sometimes I think I chase this thing called peace because I can’t bear the thought of looking the ugly truth in the eye.

And the ugly truth is that peace will always be right behind some monster, some affront to everything we hold dear.

As we march forward in peace and love, there will be hard days. The odds will often be against us. We find happiness for a while, then something terrible happens. We try to keep our eyes on peace, but the monster blocks our view. It remains just out of reach. The wheel of fortune – she spins, she spins, she spins. Β We stumble, we climb, we stumble, we climb. And so it goes.

So, then why am I here? Why even try? What can I offer? A companion on the road, I suppose. Someone who says, let’s keep going, one step at a time. Shoulder to shoulder, the journey is easier.

"Step by step walk the thousand-mile road" | Musashi

And what journey can continue without food?

This much I know: We break bread with each other because every movement, especially a peace movement, needs the fuel of fellowship. When we break bread it is a social contract that says: I see you, you are me, I am you. We are one.

More than ever, our world is hanging by threads of fear. We must march forward in peace.

What else can we do?

Nourish each other, mind and body, heart and soul.

Share a meal.Β That’s a start. Break bread with someone you don’t understand, with some marginalized part of your community, with someone you wish understood you. The path to peace has always been – and will always be – taking the time to understand.

Strip away your barriers. Seek to understand each other, to nourish each other.

Now is not the time for walls.

Ava and the Peace Garden

7 Comments

  1. Barb Clough says

    Thank you Sasha for this – so true!! Following your Global Table Adventure a few years later, but today I’ll learn about the people of Burundi and their food! (There’s so many A and B countries!!)

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes!!! I had the same surprise – hang in there. The first few letters are a big push, then things speed up. By the end of the alphabet you get through them at a quick clip!

  2. Cynthia says

    Thank you, Sasha. Well said. We are still in shock at our house, but your words are a good reminder to keep moving forward. I keep on because of the role models I’ve had. So many people who have stuck with it their whole lives, even when working for peace wasn’t very glamorous or exciting looking. They based their lives on principles and lived in community that continued to bring them joy while they did the hard work. Pacing ourselves, finding connection and joy, keeping on. Keep up the good work you are doing for us all by sharing your writing.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Your comment inspires me… a simple life, with steadfast principles. To this, I aspire πŸ™‚

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