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Do You Want Peace, Love, and Understanding in This World?

The sporting world was rocked this week with the unexpected and tragic death of Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes. Despite wearing protective headwear, Hughes died at age 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

The sudden nature of this tragedy stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking about the fragile nature of our relationships and how quickly things can change.

As I write this article, I am listening to the song “War” by Edwin Starr that originally came out in 1969. The lyrics to this iconic song include the following lines:

“War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way”
Starr asks us a poignant question when he questions if there still is a place for peace, love, and understanding in today’s world. As you deal with the busyness of your business, take time to ponder on the following five thoughts when it comes to the special people within your life:

When was the last time you told your family that you love them? I’m a firm believer in the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman and know that words of affirmation can be a powerful way to share your affection with others. Take the time to tell every member of your family that you love them today (and yes, I said EVERY member!).

When was the last time that you took a weekend off to spend with your family? If you are a workaholic, then it’s time for you to bring in some balance. Make the decision to divorce yourself from your phone over the weekend. It may be a lot more therapeutic than you can imagine!

When was the last time that you asked your family for forgiveness? Back in 1998, I sat in an airport lounge at Sydney domestic terminal and wrote out letters asking (and giving) forgiveness to my parents. Whilst it was a difficult task to undertake, I believe that it brought me closer to them. Who do you need to forgive and ask for their forgiveness?

When was the last time you took the time to listen to your children and truly understand them? If you have teenage children, you will know that getting them to speak can sometimes be a challenge. I would encourage you to get down to their level and actively listen to them when you communicate. You’ll be surprised how much closer you’ll get.

When was the last time that you prayed for your enemy? Instead of cursing somebody who has offended you, take the time to pray for him or her instead. They say what goes around comes around…

Take time today to remove that “protective headwear” and allow yourself to connect with important family members before it’s too late and you regret it when the good die young…

Nsanz GSF