Peace begins in our own backyard

Our ability to influence world events for the better has a lot to do with how we address challenges in our own lives.

As various conflicts in the world find their way into newspaper headlines, many have asked, "What can I do to help bring about peace? Will my prayers be effective? How can such a large problem be influenced by one person?"

I found myself asking these same questions. As I thought about this, it became clear that if I wanted to make any kind of meaningful contribution to world peace, I needed to be sure that my life and immediate environment were expressing peace. A situation in my own backyard that needed a peaceful resolution came to mind.

We own horses and keep them on our property. We had recently purchased a new horse, Oreo, to keep our other horse, Dancer, company. We found that they didn't get along. Dancer bullied Oreo unmercifully. She wouldn't even let Oreo eat, chasing her around the corral, nipping and biting with her ears flattened back, a sign of anger. Each morning I'd go out and find kick or teeth marks on poor Oreo. This problem persisted for months.

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May 17, 1993

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