On this, the 10th Blog Blast for Peace and my 9th participation, I cannot honestly say I come serenely to the day. The cadence of both my work and home life over the last year has been more rapid than I like. It was a year full of seemingly non-stop change and adjustment.
I may not be serene, but I do have peace amidst all of this upheaval. I've been marching steadily with intent along the peace path for seven years.
I haven't always had a strong sense of purpose in my life. I've been knocked sideways and had to adjust my attitudes many times. I've had to figure out how to climb out of some really dark spaces. I've done it, sometimes by my own will to be better and sometimes with the much needed help of others.
This Blog Blast movement from the beginning reminded me that there was more to living than just encountering and overcoming the next challenge. It made me focus on my intent.
Intent...having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose.
Do you know your purpose? I know mine. But I have not always been intent on my purpose. Trav's Thoughts began as a place to share my various interests, from poetry to music to history to just a general love of language. It developed over seven years into something of a manifesto.
Trav's Thoughts is a full declaration of my purpose and my intent in pursuing that purpose.
For this 10th Blog Blast, Mimi asked a question. What do you want the world to look like?
Over the years for Blog Blast I've given you 30 Quotes for Peace. I've offered 100 Reasons to Blog for peace. I've written about activism, revolution, commitment.
But over 2,063 posts in the history of Trav's Thoughts, I've really shown you what my world is and what I want it to be.
So Mimi, what do I want the world to look like? I want it to be a place in which every person may feel the freedom and joy to express thoughts, to act on ideas, to love unconditionally, and to walk out the front door knowing beyond doubt that no one is going to shoot them in the head for being different.
I want the world to celebrate diversity in all its forms. I want everyone to have the opportunity to pursue his or her purpose with intent.
Dona Nobis Pacem