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Zach’s Thoughts On International Day Of Peace [VIDEOS]

Dalai Lama Gives "Talk For World Peace" In Front Of U.S. Capitol
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Today is September 21, and on this day since 1981 many people and organizations, including the United Nations, recognize International Day of Peace. How do you celebrate? Well, it’s up to you. According to the official website for International Day of Peace (internationaldayofpeace.org), the event was created so that you can “create practical acts of peace on a shared date.”

For those who know me know that peace is something that is near and dear to my heart. The wonderful thing about peace is that peace is something that means different things to different people–and that’s the best part about it. Whether you hope for inner peace, hope for local peace or just the hope that one day, the world will come together as one–today is a great day to reflect on what you believe peace to be.

According to internationaldayofpeace.org,

“Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.”

Now, being that today is International Day of Peace, I tried to find a country song that dealt solely with the idea of peace. In the rock n’ roll genre of music you have many–John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Change,” Cat Stevens’s “Peace Train,” George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”…the list goes on and on. But, when it comes to a country song about peace, it took a little bit of work to find. It was a challenge, but I believe I found a good one–Ronnie Dunn‘s “Bleed Red.” In addition to the repatition of “we all bleed red, we all taste rain” in the song–which, in my opinion, refers to humanity’s unity, I find this to be a pretty peaceful quote in Dunn’s song:

“If we’re fighting we’re both loosing
We’re just wasting our time
Because my scars they are your scars
And your world is mine”

Now, I continued to search for country songs about peace and remembered this not-too-well-known Reba McEntire song–”What If.” The song was part of a Salvation Army campaign in the late 90s. It has a message of togetherness and unity. Here is a pretty peaceful quote from the song:

“Somehow it’s all up to us.
We gotta take this world, and make it a world of love.
We gotta do it now.
We gotta find a way to make a change somehow.
There’s gotta be a way for us to make it better.”

What country song did I miss that has a message about peace? How are you going to celebrate International Day of Peace?

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