I've been reading journal entries most of the morning and I have to say, "WOW'. From triumph to tragedy we are a remarkable group of people. I read the book "Women of Peace: Nobel Peace Prize Winners" by Anne E. Schraff to my son a few years ago and I thought to myself, "I haven't suffered enough." According to Irwin Abrams of Antioch University:
"What did all these women peace Laureates have in common? They were all women of high ideals, prepared to work and sacrifice to bring something better into being, and they labored in the certainty that their objectives would eventually be realized. They all carried within that sacred flame, which Gunnar Jahn perceived in Emily Greene Balch, which inspired them to struggle against odds, to withstand disappointments and defeats, to resolve never to give up. They shared a faith in humanity, whether born of religious conviction or humanism. Most displayed remarkable courage. Not all faced the aimed rifle, as did Aung San Suu Kyi, or had to hide from the soldiers, as did Rigoberta Menchú Tum. But it took courage to withstand the slings and arrows of the militaristic press of Imperial Germany or the war-time patriotic fervor in the United States, just as it took courage to take the first step to break the circle of violence in Northern Ireland."
"Heroines of Peace - The Nine Nobel Women". Nobelprize.org. 23 Sep 2010 http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/articles/heroines/
I don't need to suffer to work for peace. There is more than enough suffering in the world to go around. Thank you all for sharing your stories with me.