Thursday, January 9, 2014
30 Days of Forgiveness - Day 8 - Wisdom from Gill Hicks
"The cycle of revenge has to stop and it has to stop with me." --Gill Hicks, who was injured in the July 7, 2005 London bombings.
I have always been inspired by people who can forgive large hurts - rape, murder, genocide - while I struggle with the everyday things that happen to most of us.
Gill Hicks is one of those people who have taken something huge and horrific and turned it into something hopeful and positive.
After being severely injured (both her legs had to be amputated below the knee) in the London bombings of 2005, she founded the non-profit M.A.D. for Peace, which believes that empathy is the foundation for a sustainable peace and strives to create empathetic communities.
The cycle of revenge can stop with each of us when we choose empathy and forgiveness over revenge and bring that empathy into our communities every day.
World peace starts with inner peace. World peace starts with each of us. World peace starts now.