What’s Your Dream?

September 1, 2012 at 12:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“When you build a house, you start with one brick. If we want to build peace, we should start with one day. And that day has arrived”.

– Jeremy Gilley.

Jeremy Gilley was not the brightest or most popular kid at school. Like many he experienced challenges throughout his childhood. One of his challenges at school was his learning difficulty, dyslexia, which made learning to read, write and spell more difficult. Another challenge Jeremy experienced was that his parents had separated and he didn’t really feel he fitted in with all his peers.

What he was interested in was the world around him. He was a deep thinker and took a keen interest in the TV news. He also found his talents lay in the area of theatre, landing a lead role in a West End musical in London at the age of 12. This saw him then beginning to attend theatre and ballet schools. Each of us have unique talents that when discovered can inspire us along our journey of potential.

Fast forward quite a few years and Jeremy, now 42, is the face and continued energy of the movement that is Peace One Day. He has many supporters, such as high profile stars like Jude Law and Angelina Jolie, as well as all those around the world who believe in the vision, ‘Peace Day is everyone’s legacy. If it doesn’t belong to everyone, it’s not going to work’. Consider what your dream might be and the steps, daily thoughts and actions that you are taking to see it become a reality?

This journey has not been all about successes. It began with Jeremy setting out to create an international day of peace, using his camera to document his journey. He believed he may not succeed but thought the documentary would at least make a statement about the world not wanting to try. He travelled the world, talking to kids in particular, and harnessing support for a UN Resolution to make the 21st September a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

There were many set backs as well as inspiring moments for Jeremy but on the 7th September 2001 the UN passed the resolution that he had worked so hard to achieve. Watch the video below, find information on the web or watch the DVD’s produced by Peace One Day to gain a better understanding of the amazing journey that took place, including the devastating event 9/11 happening just before the announcement was meant to be made in New York of the successful establishment of Peace Day, as well as the amazing energy and passion that Jeremy expresses through his daily thoughts and actions. Also consider how you can celebrate with the global village on September 21 this year.

This is obviously no magic fix to issues that face our global village. It is an opportunity though to appreciate the ability for each of us to become the change we wish to see in the world, through our daily thoughts and actions, inspiring others along the way. We are able to passionately advocate for the values that we hold, fairness, justice, equality, opportunity and the list could go on. We can make choices, big and small, that positively ripple through the global village. If we believe connection is possible, with self, others and the world around us, we are capable of achieving what some may believe is the unachievable.

Peace One Day has seen many great achievements, like some 4.5 million children in Afghanistan receiving immunisations because of the cease-fire and non-violence negotiated on the 21st of September each year. Continued awareness and effort is required to see a further reduction of violence and greater celebration of diversity within our global village. Each of us is able to help, through thoughts, words and actions. Consider what ways you inspire others? Consider how your thoughts drive your actions? Consider how your words empower self and others, or affect your own or others potential? Now go do it and have fun along the journey!

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910


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