November 7, 2006 is the day that Mimi Lenox designated as the first Dona Nobis Pacem Day. This wonderwoman has been keeping herself busy trying to promote this message of peace and getting as many people as she can to participate.
I think it's a grand idea.
There's no fund-raising involved, no telethons, no videos of Top 40 musicians in a studio singing their hearts out (not that I think those are bad ideas).
No, Mimi's idea is simple, but its sheer simplicity doesn't take away from its potential impact. Real people, ordinary people, taking a few minutes to post their Peace Globe and write about what it means to them. See how simple it is? But writing about peace isn't easy. What does it really mean?
My wonderful friend Prometheus has a touching post about peace. I'm sure everyone who's participating in Dona Nobis Pacem will have their own perspective of what peace means to them. Sure, living in a warless world would be nirvana, but is that really going to happen? I don't think so. For as long as there's this "I'm bigger and better, so bow down before me" attitude and "I want what you have so I'm taking it no matter what the consequences" mentality, world peace will remain a dream.
But having a dream is good. And making a dream come true isn't often done in a singular grand motion. Little steps...they're the ones that lead us closer to realizing a dream.
I think that Mimi's Peace Globe movement is a step in the right direction. At the very least, it (and Prometheus' post) made me think that peace should start from within. After all, if one's own inner self is totally screwed up, how can one try to even effect peace? Inner turmoil is something that we all experience, but having it chronically is Not a Good Thing. Inner peace. Now that's a goal worth having too.
Thank you, Mimi, for your great thoughts. I hope that by the next Dona Nobis Pacem Day, more people will have become aware of it, and the need for it. I look forward to seeing all those lovely Peace Globes that Frank Sirianni put up for Mimi in his gallery.
There's this video I found over at Rhys' A World of Reeholio. Rhys, I just had to put this here. It's simply beautiful...both the song and the video. Something about it made me cry. Like Mimi's Dona Nobis Pacem, it's an example of how one person can affect so many lives with a simple act.