On November 17, drive with your headlights on as a public demonstration for peace, and think about peace as you go through your daily activities. Fold some origami cranes (instructions below) and place them around your city.
May Peace Prevail On Earth,
May the people on this planet be changed.
Changed from hatred to love,
Changed from greed to giving,
Changed from selfishness to selflessness,
Changed from apathy to action,
Changed from jealousy to joy over someone's accomplishments,
Changed from intolerance to acceptance,
Changed from being destructive to being constructive,
Changed from fighting to peace,
Changed from killing to protecting life,
Changed from censorship to freedom,
Changed from ignorance to education,
Changed from fearing our differences to rejoicing our variety.
May we each take it upon ourselves to feed the hungry, cure the sick,
house the homeless, educate the illiterate, love the unloved,
compete to do the right thing instead of winning at any cost,
make heroes that teach our children to
make the world a better place instead of glorifying violence and war,
stand up and speak out against things that are wrong
instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else,
demand honesty from our governments,
demand honesty from ourselves.
May we each take responsibility for our own actions
and realize that by refusing to change ourselves,
we condone all the evils in the world.
If one person changes they teach others by example,
who in turn change and teach more,
one person becomes as a pebble rolling down a mountain,
picking up more pebbles as it continues,
becoming an avalanche of change.
It can happen, it must happen, it will happen.
To make this prayer work, you have to change yourself.
Copyright 1997 Don Morris. Feel free to use this anywhere and any place. All I ask is to reference this website if you do.
Here is my pebble to start this avalanche,.... hopefully you will add your pebble
and together we can demonstrate how easy it is to make a grassroots movement work.
A couple of years back Susan Parker and I started corresponding over the web. I always admired her 50,000 cranes for peace project because it had results that people could see and feel. I had the pleasure of visiting a Sadako Peace Park located on the grounds of the "La Casa Maria" in Santa Barbara, California. Hanging from the trees and bushes were little paper cranes that had been left by people who had visited the park. In the center was a huge eucalyptus tree. It made such an impression on me that I decided that some day I would make a paper crane project of my own.
They say if you fold 1000 cranes you will be granted your wish. Lets fold a couple of million cranes and wish for world peace. I want you to start hanging origami cranes around in the public. Lets make it so people will see them in shopping malls and in parks, hang a crane in your office. Lets make it so everyone gets a chance to be reminded about peace. Inform your friends about it so when people see a crane, someone will be able to explain it to them that it is a movement for peace and get them started folding and displaying their own. It will be interesting to see how long it will be before I start seeing cranes that other people have folded. Hanging from street signs as I am driving around. Just put them in visible locations. Like the fence in front of the White House ;)
Thank-you for helping, Peace and love,
Here is what to do
Take some junk mail, because you were going to throw it away anyway. Or you can use any square sheet of paper. The only rule is to make the string that hangs the crane short enough so that it won't tangle any wildlife. Or you can use a paper clip hook.
This is a very good instruction video on how to fold a crane from Tavin's Origami Instructions youtube channel.
Here is an instruction page that is ready to save to your computer, print, and hand out.
Or mail to the leadersof your choice.
President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr
Washington, DC 20500
tel 1-202-456-1414 fax 1-202-456-2461
Find your elected Congressperson
Find your Senator
The Governments on the WWW website has a nice page of the addresses of world leaders here and here.
The United Nations
Secretary-General António Guterres
Office of the Secretary-General
New York, NY 10017
Here are other peacedays
The Carter Center Updates on world Conflicts is a good place to start looking for places to send cranes.
The story of Sadako the Japanese girl who started the origami cranes for peace movement.
If you don't want to fold cranes please place this ribbon on your web page, or print it and place it where people can see you are
for peace. If you do, can you please link it back to this website.
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