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Opinion

August 30, 2012

WOODS: True peace only comes from within

CLINTON — The Clinton Peace Coalition is asking community members to share their thoughts on peace in anticipation of this year’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace on Sept. 20.  

This week Jason Woods of Ashford University shares his thoughts of peace and acceptance.

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Peace to me is the ability to accept all things, right or wrong.  The acceptance I am speaking of should not be confused with approval. 

The acceptance of all things means that a person does not let past events control their lives.  They have accepted the life God has given them. 

Whether a person has gone through good situations or bad situations, they have accepted them.  My personal belief is that true peace can only come from within. 

We will constantly have situations that occupy, frustrate, and annoy us.  The beautiful thing about peace is that you can still have it in the midst of all of those frustrations. 

Peace does not mean a person should refrain from creating change.  Instead, the person trying to create change will have peace of mind knowing that true change and true peace will one day come.  

The Clinton Peace Coalition invites community members to show their support for peace in our community by participating in this year’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace on Thursday, Sept. 20.  

Pre-walk activities will begin at 5 p.m. at Clinton Community College, with the opening program beginning at 5:15 p.m.  

The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m., concluding at Ashford University with a short closing 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  from Clinton Community College, Sisters of St. Francis, YWCA-Clinton, Ashford University, Prince of Peace Schools, and 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.

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