Create the Peace You Were Meant to Be

Captain’s Log   5,755

The Christmas truce of 1914 was so amazing.  For two days, the Germans and the British (and some French) put down their arms and treated each other as real human beings.  It can be done.  Every Christmas, this story inspires me more than anything.

They exchanged chocolate and cigarettes.  They shared secret brandy.  And they played football.  They rediscovered what it means to be connected.  The horrors of war vanished for a short time.

christmas truce

What we can be when we think for ourselves

A folksinger named John McCutcheon wrote and performed the song shared below.  I was fortunate to hear him perform it live when I lived in Minnesota.  It was powerful then…..and even more powerful now.  If I wish anything for all of us this year, I wish for us all to allow peace to happen.  If that means doing peaceful things in your own way, do them.  If it means being kind when it hard to find kindness, be kind.  A peaceful mind is what creates peace.

Enjoy the song.


Filed under Captain Poolie's observations

15 responses to “Create the Peace You Were Meant to Be

  1. Susanna

    War is from the top down. The guys in the trenches show what happens from the bottom up. A beautiful story and song. Thanks Paula.

  2. Patty O'

    I knew about the event but had never heard the song before. How moving…

  3. annanotbob

    Thank you for this xxx

  4. maryz

    Something we can all home for. Merry Christmas to all.

  5. Very poignant. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  6. joanie

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  7. I’ve always loved that story; I almost couldn’t believe it took place. They even sang carols that exist in both German and English. At least there was peace for a little while.

  8. Penny Tushingham

    Merry Christmas Poola! I hope your flowers were blooming this morning and birds singing Merry Christmas!

    Pen Pen

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