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We’re All One Family – Let’s Act Like One

Family. Our parents, our children, our siblings. Then there are cousins, aunts, nephews. Perhaps you shared turkey with them last Thursday.

Or maybe you are estranged from your relatives, and have made your own family; people you can share your fears and dreams with, people you can call on to help out, people with whom you celebrate milestones.

But where do you draw the line? Who’s in the circle and who’s out? More interestingly, why are people outside? Is it because you don’t like them, or trust them, or know them? And yet they are people like you in so many ways: they eat, they sleep, they catch colds.

We divide by looking at differences. We unite when we see similarities.

The truth is that we are all related. We belong to one human family and we are progressing and evolving together.

It behooves us to realize this fact, and to really start to consciously work together for our united growth and increased quality of life.

But how do we do this? Read on to find out - click here.

Spreading Peaceful Relationships Globally

In this week's blog we wrote about family and the idea that we are all one big human family. It may be hard to believe in these divisive times, but the trend is that violence is decreasing, as shown by Steven Pinker in his TED talk, and there are thousands of organizations promoting peace. Phil runs a poll at peacepoll.org which has over 98% of participants wanting peace.

Book Report

In case you don’t know, Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.

Signing up is simple — you just enter your name, email, and a password.

From Saturday Dec. 3rd to Dec.11th, we will be running a Goodreads Giveaway – this is where authors offer free copies of their book, and all you have to do is sign up for a chance to win. Once you’ve signed up for Goodreads, go to our giveaway to win your free copy of “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship”.


Successful Relationship Reading Corner

In this week's blog we wrote that we're all one family – let's act like one. These posts have inspiration for us all.

A New Map for Relationships "Working on global issues proved critical to bringing magic back into our marriage, and truly loving personal relationships provide the model for a peaceful, sustainable planet.... You will ... see how the same tools that transformed our marriage—holistic thinking and compassion—can avoid future such catastrophes. The essence of this book is: “You have to believe in the seemingly impossible gifts of unconditional love and a more peaceful planet, and then dedicate yourself to discovering how to achieve them.”"

Family and world peace "Have you ever wondered why some patterns keep reoccurring in your relationships? 
Maybe you have a hard time trusting others or letting people come close. 
Maybe you find it difficult to receive help from others.
Maybe you can’t understand why people could possibly want to be with you and love you?
If you follow the threads of these patterns, you will often end up closer than you think: your family."

The World Peace Library "The World Peace Library has over 375 audio recordings with inspirational stories, skills training and powerful solutions by the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders and spiritual mentors."

Spreading peace one relationship at a time
Phil and Maude
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