It’s a strange, confusing, difficult world at times…
…a world of conflict – from our own internal mental struggle to the misery and devastation humanity can wreak upon itself.
…a world of struggle – overcoming obstacles, striving to do your best against the odds
…a world of doubt, fear, judgement and anxiety – those demons that prey on our inner consciousness and can taint our wider view of society at large.
But it’s also a world of good things – of love, joy, laughter, friendship.
A world of positive energy that helps us overcome adversity, in whatever form it takes.
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, a collective global raising of awareness about dementia and its profound impact on those living with this cruel disease and those who care for them.
It’s also the International Day of Peace.
When my dad was in advanced stages of his vascular dementia and could no longer speak, some words that helped me were the opening lines to Desiderata: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
My grandfather, a devout Catholic, instead of saying goodbye at the end of a visit would often say: “Pax tecum”.
Whatever suffering in this world – from Alzheimer’s to xenophobia – and whatever one’s view of religion, on this International Day of Peace: “Peace be with you”. What better quality to wish for?