IFLAC Vision for 2012Posted: 2012/01/05
Text: Ada Aharoni
The Indian poet Rabindranat Tagore wrote:
I slept and I dreamt that life was happiness
I awoke and saw that life was service
I served and saw that service was happiness.
I am confident that all of us at IFLAC feel the same way, and I congratulate you for your efforts to pave peace in 2011, and in your continued service of peace in happiness, in 2012.
As I write to you, the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world are dramatically changing. From the streets of the countries of the Middle East to Wall Street in New York, the grassroots power and possibility of the IFLAC vision of “peace, harmony and nonviolence” as a method of bringing about change, has been activated. Hope has been ignited and the hearts and minds of individuals all around the world have been unified in this hope.
It is a wonderful gift for 2012, to live in the true strength of this experiment called “peace, harmony and nonviolence” through Bridges of Culture, Literature and Communication. Some believe it is the way of the weak. But the IFLAC nonviolent approach calls to that which is at the heart of the matter – honoring the dignity, culture and worth of every individual – everywhere. It is deep rooted in a consciousness of morality, of connectedness. It looks for possibilities that have not been challenged, until one is engaged in its process.
As Mahatma Gandhi said: “Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.” And when the will of a person or the will of a community of people is motivated by hope, and is unified through love of service – anything is possible.
We at IFLAC exist to demonstrate the power and possibility of “peace, harmony and nonviolence” in our personal and literary lives, in our International community. Our Nonviolence, Compassionate Communication and Dialogue through our daily IFLAC Digest, and our meetings and workshops, our Peace Train Project, our Peace Stories theatrical project, and our Peace Poetry Contest for Children were created to educate and activate the living presence of “peace and harmony” in ourselves, our families, and our communities. Our work at IFLAC is vital! It is life changing. It is powerful and life affirming, and its power and possibility speak to all people, of all ages, of all races, in every economic level.
It is with an open heart, and with great anticipation that we look forward to 2012 and the many opportunities that will unfold – that we may expand and grow in our practice and spreading of peace and nonviolence, in our understanding of how to communicate the power and possibility of harmony – and in our ability to creatively express hope, peace and nonviolence in the world at large.
As 2012 opens, please consider supporting and donating to the crucial work of IFLAC, and please consider joining our programs, our IFLAC Digest and this our IFLAC website. You make a difference! We need you: your talents, your creativity, your involved gifts, and your expressed commitment to a peaceful world beyond war. Without you we can only do so much; with you we can achieve exceptional levels of change and the betterment of our global village.
The very best to all and each of you in the New Year 2012.
In solidarity and peace,
Dr. Ada Aharoni
IFLAC Founding President