Editor’s Note: During the coming weeks, the Clinton Herald will be featuring guest editorials written in support of the Sept. 15 Peace Walk. Today’s column was written by Dominic Dagen, a graduate assistant in the Admissions Department at Ashford University.
Peace comes in so many different forms that when asked what peace means it can sometimes be very hard to answer. For some, peace comes in the form of political rest, resulting in an ability for families to stay intact; the possibility of fallen soldiers and broken family structures far from the mind.
For others it comes in the form of tranquility, the kind that follows a time in life that has been particularly troubling or chaotic.
Still for others peace is simply being content in their lives and who they are.
All of these concepts of peace are true yet I feel there is another concept left to explore.
Peace for me is found in the small opportunities that arise when I can take a step back and realize how blessed I am to have all of the things I have.
Often we move through life from event to event, many times looking for peace in things like money or overpriced items yet we never take the time to step back to recognize and appreciate what and who we have in our lives.
The world is so full of distractions and chaos that finding peace can sometimes be difficult, but when we can truly appreciate all that we have I think we can find a sense of peace that is unparalleled.
The kind that can be compared to loving someone unconditionally or knowing that you are loved unconditionally.
To show your support for peace in our community, please join us to walk for peace.
This year’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace will be Thursday, Sept. 15.
Pre-walk activities will begin at 5 p.m. at Clinton Community College.
The walk begins at 5:30 p.m., concluding at Ashford University with a short program and refreshments.
All are welcome to attend this free, community event. The Peace Walk is planned by the Clinton Peace Coalition, members of which are comprised from Clinton Community College, Sisters of St. Francis, YWCA-Clinton, Ashford University, Prince of Peace Schools, Unity Center of Clinton, and community members.
For more information about the Peace Walk, contact Mardell Mommsen at 244-7006 or visit the YWCA website at www.ywcaclinton.org.