3 Steps to Peace

2021-05-20T17:42:04-04:00October 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Three Steps to Peace At the core, Restorative Practices are about building and sustaining positive relationships and community. This is why family relationships can benefit tremendously by implementing components of Restorative Practices. Much of what I've learned about peace comes from my family, who've helped me instill a sense of love and belonging in my heart. Family is a funny thing when you think about it. You would not know many of the people in your extended family if you were not related to them. You probably would not work with them, nor live in the same neighborhood, but there's something that ties us all together. It is sad when families break apart because two or more people cannot work out their differences. Practicing peace skills can help and there are great lessons for families in our peacemaking curriculum that is based on Restorative Practices. Let's explore three simple concepts: Attack the problem not the person. Imagine if we focused on the problem rather than blaming and shaming others when we sense a wrong has happened. Ask questions before making assumptions about other people's intentions.How many times do we get into disagreements and walk away rather than resolving things? Many times we feel uncomfortable and make assumptions about the other person's intentions for a perceived slight or act of disrespect.What about asking questions in the moment when we feel uncomfortable or feel as if we are being attacked. Questions like,"Is