The first would be respect. Respecting each other, no matter how different, is a key element to peace. There is little to fight over if we take a moment to be respectful of each other's beliefs, feelings, and world view.
Elements like compassion and listening come into play as part of respect. You can't respect someone while telling them to hide who they are. We have to find a way to honor each person even when we cannot understand their perspective.
Taking compassion further; we can offer generosity. If we see someone in need and we have anything to offer that is a very real way to make the world better. It may be one small act but if we all do these small acts, it makes big change.
There are a lot of things we can change to start moving toward a more peaceful, loving world. These are just a couple elements that come to mind. But it isn't all about everyone else, either. It begins with each one of us. It begins with us being able to give ourselves respect and compassion.
If I am giving compassion to everyone else while constantly berating myself, I am denying myself a space in that peaceful world. And can we truly offer compassion and non-judgment if we cannot even give ourselves that grace?
What can you do today to give yourself some compassion? How can you show someone you don't know respect today? How can we learn to listen, not to the tantrum but to the pain behind it, so we can offer compassion and understanding instead of reactivity?
I'm grateful to recognize places where I can grow. I'm grateful to listen to how I address myself versus others. I'm grateful to believe we can move toward a peaceful world. I'm grateful to see the power of small acts and the ripple they make. I'm grateful to take a deep breath and offer myself some of the compassion I try to extend to others. I'm grateful for a moment to sit quietly and reflect.
May today remind us of common goals and common ground. May we make it our mission to give respect and compassion to every soul we meet. Have a beautiful day!