Peace in Partnerships

We’re going to be talking a lot about peace this month, if you haven’t figured it out yet it is our monthly theme but it also coincides with a lot of the unrest and uncertainty in the world that we’re dealing with.  There are plenty of reasons for us to be without peace.  There are lots of demands on our time, we’ve got lots of responsibilities to fulfill and the world is moving at such a fast pace that it’s hard to find time to develop or find peace.

Which is exactly what some of us don’t realize: peace must be developed.  You can’t just pick up peace like you do your coffee in the morning or be dropped off there like a taxi does.  If we want peace we have to work at it.  I know we sometimes have an aversion to hard work, thinking everything should be easy, but sometimes the best things are the ones you have to work the hardest for.

When it comes to our families and romantic partners I’ve learned over the years that peace is essential to the success of that relationship, and that they take work if you want them to succeed.  If you’ve followed this blog or worked with me for a length of time you’ve probably heard my preference of calling it a partnership, not a relationship, for many reasons but most of all because “relationship” makes me think about just relating to you, whereas a partnership reminds me that both/all people in the situation must be active participants. It’s not about being politically correct, but about getting back to the concept that when two adults, a parent and child, or adult (teacher, pastor, babysitter, coach etc.) and child are working together by choice or requirement there is no laziness or lack of participation, but rather both sides are expected to be involved because it is a partnership and both people bring something to the table.

What will your choice be this weekend and this coming week?  Will you choose to work at and bring peace to the table or will you do your best to cause problems and stress others out?

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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