What Does it Mean to Live in Peace?

Posted by: Karina Leviani

What Does it Mean to Live in Peace?

Happy World Peace Day, Friends! A day such as this may not be as eventful as other major holidays we have, but we certainly think today deserves recognition. Not because world peace is a topic that will get us the reads or likes, but because it’s one that matters but every so often overlooked.

Now the term world peace can be very intimidating, abstract and somewhat unreachable that one might think that it’s useless to even try to get there. Hatred seem to be found everywhere and to achieve harmony with so many human beings seems impossible. But it’s not, it’s hard but not impossible. These next statements might come across as naïve or cliché, but I wholeheartedly believe that peace with others is achievable and it starts with one thing, peace with yourself.

One reason why achieving communal peace is not easy, is because being at peace with yourself is also not easy. Whatever the reason is behind one’s un-peaceful state —a traumatic experience, something someone said or did, a mental illness— it is bound to affect those around them. Hurt people will hurt other people. This is why we find so much hatred in social media, this is why bullying happens, this is why people knock others down to get social recognition, this is why we don’t live in peace with each other. But that’s not even the hard part. What makes peace with yourself so difficult is the fact that not many people realize that they lack inner peace. And even if they do, not many will try to do something about it. Some might be too afraid to seek help, to admit that there’s something still unresolved. Some others think they still function properly, but the fact is, it is others around them that suffer.

You might wonder, why is it that something so personal can affect something as large and significant as world peace? Because to live in peace, to be at peace with yourself, is a primary necessity. Let’s make another analogy. Have you heard of the term hangry? When someone’s hungry, there can be a million silly, unreasonable things someone does which can only be gone after they’ve eaten something. Surely you’ve met or have been this kind of person every once in a while. To take it to the extreme, a person can do evil deeds just because he or she has nothing to eat for days and is desperate to get food. Food is a primary necessity. In the same sense, so is peace.

And to take it to a larger extent, Indonesia, the country we live in, is one so beautifully diverse. However, it’s no secret that the level of intolerance between its people has grown quite greatly everywhere. Moreover with the presence of social media, spreading hatred is only as far as a click away. I’m more than sure that plenty if not all of us is quite agitated with this situation, but it doesn’t have to be like that. There is a way to find peace, it's with Love and it starts with you. Take a look inside yourself today, have you any peace within? If you find that you don’t, will you do something about it? Forgive that person who hurt you, see that you are beautiful, accept yourself for who you are, seek professional help if you need to. Don’t be too hard on yourself or others, and start loving. Isn’t that what we all need? To love and to feel loved? And through love, comes peace.

To share a little more, our Chic & Darling family is also very diverse. Even though we are all women, all of us are still very different people. Not only our backgrounds but also our personalities and characters. Even with so many differences, we can still work with each other and get the job done well. Hence, coming from our own experience in the office we can honestly say that living in harmony even with so many differences is possible. And to be able to co-exist in a wonderfully peaceful state with is a beautiful thing. 

Let’s not give up on finding peace, for ourselves and for the world. It’s a long shot, but believe we can make it. Because love is contagious and slowly but surely, you will see the change you bring to those around you. So, what does it mean to live in peace? To live in peace, is to love yourself and to love each other. Happy World Peace Day, dear friends, from all of us here at Chic & Darling. 

"Humanity is my race, Love is my religion, Peace is my weapon."
- Unknown


Text by Karina Leviani
Photographs by Asita Yulia
Creative Direction by Kania Annisa Anggiani

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