Monday, November 4, 2013

Blog 4 Peace -- 7 -- Dona Nobis Pacem -- Grant Us Peace

Today I'm joining with Mimi Lenox and a world of Peace Bloggers as we put our thirst for Peace into the Universe.

This piece is from Vivaldi's Gloria, which my choir is singing at the end of the month. Vivaldi's Gloria is one of my favorite works, and as an alto I love this piece in particular.

On Dona Nobis Pacem day, Vivaldi's work sends out this wish:

"Lamb of God
You who take away the sins of the world
Grant us peace"

I'd like to take a moment to address this wish, sent out into the Universe.

Wishes are a good starting point. You can't get anywhere without wishing for something. Whether you wish you could write a book, or visit a place you've always longed to see, if you don't start by hoping for it, where will you be?

You'll be in the same place you're in now.

The Blog 4 Peace movement asks us to take our wishes a little further than that. On Blog 4 Peace Day, we're asked to fill social media with our hopes for peace, in order to further the worldwide conversation towards peace.

What will that do? you may ask. Just a bunch of bloggers and Facebookers, Twitter users and Pinterest pinners posting about peace.

Well, if you think about Amazon and its algorithms, when a book goes on sale and a good number of people all purchase it on the same day, that activity drives the book higher onto Top 100 or even Top 10 lists. Amazon then starts promoting the book to readers who have bought similar books. Success builds on success.

If we all continue to blog for peace every year on Nov. 4th, if we send out Facebook posts, tweet about peace and pin peace to our Pinterest boards, we will collectively push our wishes and hopes for peace into the Universe's Top 10 algorithm.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.  

Thanks to the National Chamber Choir of Armenia for such a rich interpretation.


Laura said...

Om shanti, shalom, salaam, peace, peace, peace.
Please consider yourself officially invited to participate this year's 5th Annual Gratitude (word) Quilt. Instructions (it is very simple) and a link that explains the origin of the word quilt can be found at the top of my blog. In past years there have been participants from every continent except Antarctica. I hope you'll join us:-)

Claudia said...

Love your globe!! We so need to love the worlds we're in! Thank you for sharing!

Tink said...

Great story, stick to it indeed! Beautiful globe.

Me-Me King said...

Such a beautiful day that we all came together for Peace. Namaste

Cathy Keisha said...

Lovely peace globe; wonderful sentiment. We love looking at all the globes today. Peace out!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Love your algorithm analogy!


Jennie Marsland said...

Beautiful music and beautiful thoughts, Julia. Peace to you!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Globe design. :-)

Wow... she walks with panther and she writes books. I'm impressed! :-D

I used to do a book review blog with another friend, but she's up to her eyeballs in life stuff and i've spent the last two years alternating being ill and/or writing a book.

Anyway... point to that being I am on Facebook as Books Uncaged. You want any books asdvertised there - just let me know!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hello, Julia. What a lovely post and you are so right in your Amazon analogy. I do envy you being able to sing! Peace to you always. Pat

Travis Cody said...

Sorry I'm late!

I agree with you. Although I say hope is not a strategy, hope is still a good place to start. Then you build a strategy to make what you hope for happen.

That's my story and...well, you get the idea.

Peace to you and yours on this and every day.

Mimi Lenox said...

It did begin with hope, Julia, and we have moved beyond that into the reality of an actual movement with a wealth of wisdom and community exactly as you've demonstrated with this post. What you bring to this movement each year continues to be thoughtful, true, and impressive. I am seeing many peace bloggers stepping off the blog page each more and more into their own worlds with tangible projects. That is exciting!

Thank you for being you and always inspiring us to continue.

Peace to you and yours,

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