Dona Nobis Pacem

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 by Travis Cody in
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Update, Nov 7, 0636: Dona Nobis Pacem now has a page on Wikipedia!

I've been thinking so many thoughts about peace. And I'm so honored to be part of this movement today. I'm anxious to start my cruise through the bloggosphere to see the bright blue Globes, and to read the inspiring words of fellow Peace bloggers.

And that's part of it, you know. Peace Globes are posted. Words are written. And Peace bloggers are making the rounds to view, to read, to witness. This is the third Blog Blast for Peace. The movement started last November with this post.

Do you suppose that for every one of us who has posted a Peace Globe and written our thoughts about peace, there are hundres or maybe even thousands of others who feel as we do, but simply don't share this particular outlet of blogging?

Enjoy the day.



"Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away." (Robert Fulghum)

Back on Oct 19 I posted a reminder about Blog Blast for Peace. Stewart from House of Sternberg made this comment:

"I think the blogblast is cool but if we as a blogging community want to make a difference, then we must do so through activism. It isn't enough just to post, we must contact the legislature and especially those running for re-election. If the blogging community has real power, then it must be shown through action that manifests itself outside the blogging community."


Yes.

Peace needs advocates. Peace needs voices. Peace needs action.

Posting a Peace Globe may be someone's first taste of protest or activism. You gotta start somewhere, so maybe start with a Peace Globe. And then click here to find the names and email addresses of your senators and congressmen. If you already have those, then good for you! Use them and use them often. Don't let your elected officials rely on polling data to make decisions for you.

Stand up. Speak. Tell your elected representatives that you agree or disagree with them. Don't wait for election day. That's way late in the game. Vote, but speak more often than that.

It is our right and our duty as citizens of this country to speak, whether in agreement or in opposition. We elect our leaders and they are accountable to us. We are not required to, nor should we ever, allow any elected official free reign to run roughshod over that right.

When I disagree, I'm allowed to say so. I'm allowed to demonstrate. I'm allowed to protest. It doesn't mean I don't love my country. It doesn't mean I don't appreciate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines who defend my rights. It doesn't mean I'm not a Patriot.

It simply means that I am exercising my rights in an effort to improve my lot and the lot of my fellow citizens. That is Patriotic. That is American.

I want accountability for decisions that are made in my name. You should want the same. Hold our elected officials accountable. Communicate with them.

Be the change you want to see. (Mahatma Gandhi)

If there was no activism in this country, there would be no United States of America.

Can it be any more plain that that?



Please cruise over to Blog Blast HQ at Mimi Writes and sign the linky box. And please visit some of the other peace bloggers today and through the rest of the week. If you didn't post a Peace Globe, there's still time. You can grab a blank globe at Mimi's, sign or decorate it, and post it in your sidebar.

The journey to Peace starts with thoughts.

73 comments:

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Peace abd Cheers Travis...Great Post!!

  1. great post.
    responsible and active.
    peace to you, travis.

  1. Turnbaby says:

    I know I have said this too often but I must say it again.

    You and I are of one mind.

    And you express it so well--- what I am thinking.

    When I voted yesterday with no worries no line and bright cheery faces all around I thought of the lawyers in Pakistan in their suits throwing rocks and sticks and being arrested---just because they WANT the right to vote. And more than half of the folks in my precinct couldn't be bothered to spend five minutes to elect a governor. Sigh.


    Great post my friend. Smooches to you, Pam and Mr. Tucker.

  1. Great post Travis! I'm so glad to know others like you as we participate in this wonderful event. Take care and peace - L

  1. ♥ & peace to you and yours, Mr Trav!

    Sending nose-licks to you, Miss Pam and Mr Tucker!

  1. Excellent post!
    Pax vobiscum, Trav!

  1. ACey says:

    nicely done, friend. PEACE

  1. lissa says:

    Everything you said is so right. I could not have said it better.

  1. Sanni says:

    Love and peace to you and your family, my friend!

  1. Outstanding post, Travis. And I love your new globe.

    Sternberg left that same comment at my place as well. He is right. This is a beginning for some and a continuation for others. This post reminds me to go one more step and contact my officials and raise my voice there as well.

    "I want accountability for decisions that are made in my name." Well said. That really hit home.

    Peace to you, to the lovely Pam, and Mr. Tucker too. It is a great day to be in the blogosphere.

  1. Jamie says:

    Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

    Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

    Those who desire peace so far outnumber those that desire war that if we all simply joined hands there would never be another shot fired. Activism is where it has to start.

  1. Jamie says:

    P. S. I want a woobie.

  1. Bond says:

    As always you weave words that make us all think...

    Love the globes...So love that you are my friend...

    Searching for a Peaceful World...

    High 5 to you and Mr. Tucker...Smooch to Pam

  1. Shelby says:

    very thoughtful post ... great expressions always - great thoughts.

  1. Mags says:

    There are alot of great words here today Trav-peace to you and your family. :)

  1. One little corner of the world at a time, right Trav?

  1. Awesome Travis. Very well done. May your day be filled with piece my friend. :)

  1. May your day be filled with peace too my friend. Typo, honest! :)

  1. I really enjoyed your post! Peace!~

  1. lala says:

    awesome post...

    peace to you!

  1. Definetely we need people to take action in addition to posting the Peace globes. But maybe it'll inspire more folks to do something. It seems like it already has.

  1. Peace begins with each of us. I am purring for peace.

  1. angell says:

    Wonderful post Trav - and my Goldberg sends a "me-ow, meow, mow mow" to Mr. Tucker.

    Great globes hon.

    HUGS to you and Pam.

  1. tegdirb92 says:

    Great job Travis!! what a beautiful post for peace, my globe is up and flying today....Peace to you!!

  1. jmb says:

    Peace be with you Travis, today and always.

  1. great post Travis.

    I want accountability for decisions that are made in my name...amen.

    Peace to Pam, you, and yours.

  1. Anndi says:

    There are so many things we can do, be it on a grand scale, including activism, as well as in our own little corner of the earth. If everyone could only remember... we belong to each other.
    I'm going to focus on those around me.

    Hugs

  1. Awesome post Travis! This is such a very special day!

  1. Carver says:

    Excellent post Travis. Well put indeed. Regards, Carver

  1. .:mar says:

    Lovely Peace Globes, great post and interesting quotes!!
    Peace and love to you!

  1. Heartfelt words if I ever read them, Travis. I'm proud to be part of this, and proud to be standing alongside people like you.

    Peace.

  1. If each person who blogged or participated in these blogblasts for peace made one phone call or wrote one letter...

    Imagine if everyone here wrote a letter to Dodd, urging him to stay strong in his fight to stop FISA.

    Imagine if everyone made one call to their senator, urging that senator to block FISA, or to stop torture, or to override the presidential veto on child health care.

    People have power. Our power is in our numbers and our voice. The corporations have dollar power and they are using it. Let's use our power.

  1. Gill says:

    Great post Travis. Love and peace to you and yours today :-)

  1. Dixie says:

    Happy Peace Globe Day Oh Mysterious Hottie One.. ;-)

    SMOOCHES (from behind a mask)

  1. barbara says:

    Hi Travis,
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    You have some profound words. I can say for myself that already to start a blog was to open up to the world. This includes political consciousness, which a dear friend of mine has been forcing me to look at twice...
    This is a great post on" active peace".

    Peace to you, Travis and see you soon.

  1. What a great post! Thoughtful and wise.

    Peace and love to you and yours.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Great Post and Great Peace Globes Travis. You Rock. :)

  1. Suzy says:

    Peace before us,
    peace behind us,
    peace under our feet

    Peace within us,
    peace over us,
    let all around us be peace.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Very well put my friend.

  1. What a great postie! We Ballicai are purring fur peace.

  1. Danielle says:

    Awesome!!!!

    Guess who is getting a spotlight?

    Please pass the PEACE!

    Danielle

  1. So true, wonderful post! We each need to find our special area in which to be active. Voting and speaking out for sure, but each of us has unique talents that we can also put to work for good in the world.

    Thanks for reminding us that we can't just sit around and wish, we need to do something!

  1. catsynth says:

    Very good thoughtful article.
    And peace to you, too.

  1. Odat says:

    peace, peace and peace!
    (What's a woobie?? Do I have one?);-)
    Peace

  1. Ruis says:

    Wonderful post, Travis!

    Loving and respecting each other and everyone we met is our contribution to peace. And of course our peace globe.

    Love and peace to you, your family, your friends and other species.:)

    From the Netherlands
    ~Ruis & kitties and the staff

  1. Ariel says:

    Great post I so agree.
    Peace to you :)

  1. An excellent post Travis. We are fortunate to have the gift of Free Speech so I think we should use it to the best effect and what better reason than this.

  1. Jeni says:

    Excellent post -just great thought and wording! We do all need to stop being so apathetic about our government. I read someplace recently -no, I can't recall where though -that the overwhelming majority of the citizens here want PEACE -and they want it now. So if the number of bloggers who post a PEACE globe and write our thoughts or cite others, use the words to songs (as I did) in expressing our opinions, then there are many, many for whom our voices are stating their collective thoughts as well. Write to your legistilators, let them know you have a voice and you mean to use it -even if it means becoming a pain in their backsides! You're so right -without those who protested early and long, there would be no USA, would there?
    P.S. - thanks for visiting my place -hope to see you (and hear more) from you in the future too!

  1. Jos says:

    Excellent post, Travis! (And thanks for visiting)

    Peace to you and to your readers.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace – Jimi Hendrix

  1. Thank you, Travis! And much Peace to you, Pam and furry friends!

  1. Wayne says:

    peace to us all Travis!

  1. TopChamp says:

    Hello Travis - I'm a dodgy peace globe participant I suppose. It brings up many questions for me and religion's up there as the biggest.

    Anyhow - I'm trying to hold it in & stay positive so I'll just wish you a Happy peace globe day.

  1. Jeff B says:

    Every movement started with one small voice.

    Hoping this day helps tear down some of the dividing walls between peoples differences

  1. Roger says:

    Great post Travis and nice globes peace to you!

  1. Marilyn says:

    We must all work for peace in our own way... I'm against torture, but another might make his stand elsewhere. We all agree that the world coud use less violence and war and if we all took just one action toward those goals... the world would be a better place.

    Great post!

  1. Meribah says:

    That Mr. Tucker is some smart, he is! Peace to you both. :)

  1. Alexi says:

    Peace to you and yours! Great post! We's purraying fur peace!

  1. Lee says:

    Great post, Travis! Thanks for supporting and encouraging everyone!

  1. KnitNana says:

    Thanks for visiting me today, and peace to you and yours, as well!
    (((hugs)))

  1. Well conveyed, Trav. Thanks for visiting my bloggie today ... Cats need peace, too.

    DMM

  1. Travis says:

    Thank you all for visiting today and for sharing your thoughts on Peace.

  1. What a wonderful post Travis!! Your thoughts are so cool! Peace to you and everyone.
    Your FL furiends,

  1. Kirsten says:

    What a wonderful post. Peace!

  1. Karen Jo says:

    You wrote an insightful and beautifully put post, Travis. Peace to you and all the world.

  1. Travis, what can I say, except "Good Job!" I have grown so jaded with our politicians, especially those on each far end of the spectrum, that it would be very easy for me to just throw in the towel. But I realize that so many have given their all to make it possible for me to live as I do.
    Frustated? You bet! But determined to keep on doing what I can...
    (Another word to the pols - quit sending back prescripted e-mail!)
    ~~~Blessings~~~

  1. Houseonahill says:

    Travis,
    Thanks for visiting my site and for your comment! It was such a great PEACEFUL day!!! Loved your post as well. Great thinking on urging us to contact those folks who are running our lives ~
    Hope we can make a difference!!!
    All the best,
    ~ House

  1. Jenn says:

    I love Robert Fulghum and that quote in particular. Thank you for taking the time to write and visit so many sites dedicated to the peace globe movement (mine included!)

    Odd, I just recited that Ghandi quote to my husband yesterday. :o) so true, so true.

  1. Wow. Seventy comments? You do know how to put the spin on the old English, Travis. Your words always ring honest and true. I've come to expect that of you and I so respect it.

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  1. Julie says:

    WOW! Now that's a lot of comments..you must have really felt a sense of community every time you clicked over here. Good for you!

    Great peace globes baby!