Let there be peace on earth

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The ocean this morning was as calm and as quiet as I have ever seen it. The surface was like glass and the waves come in quietly making only a noise as it hit the sand. This was a perfect day to clear the mind of all whi9te noise and listen to inner voices. What came to me quickly was the song lyric, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. My thoughts this Christmas have not just been about Kathy Strieb's contest of my favorite Christmas memory, it was a lot of memory that can in quiet waves this morning. I grew up in a loud and angry household, at time chaotic and potentially dangerous. There was a lot of anger in my upbringing and those thoughts came to the present in seeing so much anger in this country. As this pirate looks at 70 I can't remember this much anger and polarization, even the the 60s.

The problem is it is too often directed to blame, to accusations, and to extreme thoughts of being right. Any reading of neuro-science will tell you we are still have prehistoric brains controlled by fight or flight on the basic level of our brains, then tied to emotions, and in lesser quantity than you think, critical higher level thinking and functions. For me, anger is always just below the surface, and when life often overwhelms us, it comes out in negative ways. Our job is to figure out where this comes from, how it mutated to the present emotions, and how can we deal with it. On this respect, the lyric comes into sharper focus. Peace begins with us and how we control or empty ourselves of destructive emotions and behavior. Electing new politicians don't do it, demonizing groups without nuance just because they are different doesn't do it, nor does waiting for every one else to change does it easier.

Have you ever noticed how approaching someone with a smile changes their behavior? Happens every day on the beach and a smile and good morning comes back to you. Do we ever analyze why someone reacts to you in a bad way rather than just giving it right back to them the same way? Maybe something sad has happened to them and maybe instead we should ask them has something happened to you where I can help? Peace begins with you and may affect people in profound ways even if you don't get a chance to see it but maybe you do. Maybe we should strive to create The Butterfly Effect where small changes can create larger changes and that smile is like the flapping of butterfly wings that keeps going. Most importantly we need stillness in our lives, we need quiet time just like this morning in the eerie silence of the waves and just maybe something new will occur.

Something new happened this morning. There were large stretches of shells 6 to 10 feet deep. As the water came over the shells and then receded back to the ocean, the force of those small waves made the shells connect and a clinking sound became clear. it was a soft and beautiful sound that I had never heard before. maybe the reason I hadn't heard it was I was just to full of anger or comsumed by emotions and didn't listen. What a shame it would have been had I never listened and heard it. Maybe that was the beginning of a Butterfly Effect.


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Peace on earth  my be the biggest wish on earth.  Bigger than us mortals

Dec 25, 2017 06:38 PM #1
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


such a lovely writing. Yes, a smile can make a difference:) 

I wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and joyful holidays! 

Dec 25, 2017 07:46 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Joe, I hope you have had a wonderful day. Many Blessings. 

Merry Christmas


Dec 25, 2017 08:05 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe, Loved your musings, Merry Christmas and may you find peace  for the rest of your life, Endre

Dec 25, 2017 10:45 PM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671


May the Blessings of Christmas be with you today and throughout the new year.


Dec 25, 2017 11:11 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

I am so looking forward to our visit to Sanibel Island in February.  It is going to be a special visit.  Hopefully I'll also hear those sounds, sights and smells.

Dec 26, 2017 03:42 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Joe.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

Dec 26, 2017 05:10 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Have you ever noticed how approaching someone with a smile changes their behavior? I have, indeed, Joe... a smile is free, should be easy, and makes a world of difference. 

Dec 26, 2017 05:31 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I think your insights are largely right but there are things within our control that has caused harm and hurt. Glad you had your shell moment.

Dec 26, 2017 06:32 AM #9
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think approaching someone with a smile is always the way to go!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas my friend!

Dec 26, 2017 10:07 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe and belated Merry Christmas- our morning walks on the beach are like my daily dose of meditation and mental well being. We can't know what's going on in a person's life but we can offer them a smile. What they decide to do with it is their choice but the point is that we tried. 

Dec 26, 2017 12:43 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your last paragraph captures the imagination, Joe.  I can hear those shells clinking against each other, making their own music.

Dec 26, 2017 04:17 PM #12
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Joe Pryor approach everyone and each day with a smile...if everyone did this, we would have a better world!

Dec 26, 2017 08:02 PM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How beautiful to hear the music of the shells connecting...and you are so right, we have a myriad of emotions as human beings - our job is to keep evolving into beings who are aware of our emotions, but in control. Thanks so much for sharing your beach walk discoveries with us. D 

Dec 27, 2017 08:34 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Fight or flight - I'll fly every time when it comes to political discussions, Joe! I agree with you - it hasn't been this bad since the 60's and 'being right' seems to be the predominant mentality these days. It's so sad that many don't want to listen to both sides before spouting their opinion as the only one that we should hear. 

And, I agree, there's just too much 'noise' out there. Happy Wednesday, Joe! 

Dec 27, 2017 08:51 AM #15
Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer.

A simple smile can makes someone's day, thank you for the post.

Peace and joy this holiday season and through out the year.


Dec 27, 2017 11:06 AM #16
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Joe, there is always something new to discover when you are walking on the beach. Glad you discovered a new sound!

Dec 27, 2017 05:18 PM #17
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

A smile can definitely make a difference and I really try and smile all the time when out and about. Wishing you a blessed New Year.

Dec 27, 2017 05:29 PM #18
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I had missed this post earlier, yes peace begins with us if we are angry how can we think the rest of the world has peace. It is important for us to find our inner happiness. I knew this person who always said she could not be happy unless she had a man and was in a relationship, I told her happiness begins within. I told no one can make you happy only you can make yourself happy. She did not understand until she went to therapy and said she was beginning to understand. I always wonder what happened to her.

Feb 05, 2018 11:44 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - Christmas wasn't that long ago, but it sure does seem so! That is a beautiful photograph. It embodies peace and quite - time for reflection, deep thinking, hopes, and dreams. 

Your last two paragraphs are really a beautiful way to look at the world. Life is a beach - filled with wonder!

Feb 06, 2018 07:41 PM #20
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