The egg and lavender farmer brought olive branches to her stand last Saturday to the Farmers Market in Santa Barbara. It was her message of "Peace on Earth".
Since ancient times an olive branch was extended as a gesture of peace and goodwill. Extending olive branches is an act of courage that begins among ourselves, before we can expect it of the world at large!
And then, there is Leonard Cohen's (singer, songwriter, poet and novelist) poetic quote:
"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin. Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in. Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove. Dance me to the end of love."