Let there be peace on earth...and let it begin with me...

As reported on goodnewsnetwork.org:

Majority of Americans Wish They Could Give Patience and Peace to Their Loved Ones This Holiday

A new survey of 2,000 Americans found that the holiday spirit transcends the physical realm, as half of those polled said they wished they could give somebody in their life something intangible this year.

Of that half, 70% wish they could give somebody good health, while another 43% wish they could gift somebody with patience.

With one in three Americans wishing they could gift somebody “less stress” this holiday season, the perfect gift is probably not hiding in a department store after all.

In fact, the study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Slumber Cloud, found that 60% wished they could gift somebody in their life with peace of mind.

Another 42% wished they could give somebody rest and 47% said they wish they could give the gift of time.

Is it possible to give someone else patience and peace? The only way I know is to be patient and peaceful myself. The old song "Let There be Peace on Earth" comes to mind:

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me

This holiday season, as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, I'm going to "let it begin" with me. I hope you will, too. And maybe we can bring some much-needed patience and peace into our world.