December Peace Post

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“After last months challenge of loving thy enemy, I want to give you a party. So this months challenge is to plan a party that will ripple peace to the world. Use everything in your imagination for this peace party….”
-Kozo

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Believe it or not, the idea of having a party is scary for me.  So when I read Kozo’s challenge for December, I was not thrilled.  Quiet solitude or time with a few friends and family are enough for me.  Anything bigger is no fun. Okay, that is not all true. I do prefer solitude and a few friends and family, but I have gone to music concerts and had a great time. As a matter of fact, I remember going to a U2 concert in 2005 with my husband and feeling like I was at church. No kidding, it had some kind of spiritual feel about it. Thinking back on that experience, I realize that thousands of people focused on something positive is a powerful thing. In that case, it was U2’s amazingly uplifting music performance. Thinking about this particular concert experience and the idea of a peace party, something else came to mind. I remembered LiveAid in 1985 and how concerts were organized to benefit famine in Africa. That event was also very powerful and memorable.

So here’s my little idea for a party for peace.  Since, I love music so much, my peace party would be a concert festival with music, food, and art from different parts of the world.  I would invite my family, friends, neighbors, fellow bloggers, and everyone that wanted to come.  Proceeds from the concert festival earnings from t-shirts, art, music, and food would go to a foundation created to support the work of promoting peace through social media and a yearly concert festival for peace.

Of course, it would be nice if U2 would play and bring everyone together in a big final musical performance at the end of the concert festival for peace.  And usually around this time of the week I have a music post, but I really wanted to post this last peace post of the year before January got here.  So, instead of the usual music challenge, I’ll attach a song from the 1985 LiveAid concert to the end of this post.  That way you can get a feel of what this concert festival for peace could be like.  Below is a video that is a great example of the energy that Bono and his band U2 give off during their performances.  The lyrics to the song are below the video. The song that is performed is actually 5 to 6 minutes long, but for this special performance they extend it and improvise for an additional 5 to 6 minutes while engaging the audience and being very open and spontaneous.  And as a person struggling with finding peace despite social anxiety, I really admire the spontaneity of performers and others.  I believe you have to have some sort of peace within yourself to be able to have such spontaneity.  The song is one of my favorite U2 songs, “Bad“. Contrary to the title of the song, the song makes me want to do more good and be more responsible in making the world a better place, more peaceful. On the internet, there are multiple meanings to this song.  I’d like to think it’s about struggling with yourself as your own worse enemy and finally feeling “wide awake” at the end.  And guess what, I forgot how anxious I can get in social situations.  I guess the idea of thinking of everyone having a good time full of peace, hope, and spontaneity helps take the anxiety away.  What a peaceful thought that is…

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If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Surrender
Dislocate

If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night
And through the rain
Into the half-light
And through the flame

If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I’d lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day

To let it go
And so to fade away
To let it go
And so fade away

I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
Wide awake
I’m not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no

If you should ask then maybe they’d
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in blue and black
Bruised silken sky and burning flag
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
Let it go…

This desparation
Dislocation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Let it go

And so fade away
To let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
And so to fade away

I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
Wide awake
I’m not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no

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About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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