There is serious conflict and trouble in the world today. Yet as serious as that trouble is, it cannot reach all the way into your heart. The part of you that loves and desires peace is at peace even now -- even now, when there is so much violence and turmoil, even now, when there is so much uncertainty.
Even now, there is far more love than hatred. And there always will be. For hatred quickly consumes itself, while love just keeps on going and growing stronger in your heart, even now.
It is wise to be concerned. Yet keep this in mind. Your very concern is proof itself that love abounds, that peace is real and present, even now. Let that peace live in you and be expressed through you, even now -- especially now -- not through anger or blame or retribution, but through love, compassion, and the strength to make a positive difference.
See yourself as moving the world positively forward, and you will, with your thoughts, with your actions, with your love. You feel the urgent need to do something and indeed you can, even now.
Give your love and understanding, even now, even to those with whom you disagree. Although you have differences with others, there is much, much more that you have in common. Although there are plenty of excuses for hatred, there are many more reasons for love, even now -- especially now.
The need for love and the opportunity for peace have never been greater than they are, even now. For the more we see of the darker side of life, the more we truly and sincerely desire to live in the light, and the more we appreciate the immense and unfathomable love that we've been given, and that we are free to give.
-- Ralph Marston --