MEKONG PEACE Newsletter Vol.1


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Dear MPJ buddies,
Mekong-Peace newsletter proudly produced by participants and RST from Vietnam has long been a close friend on our journey to become members of MPJ family. Together we have built publication
as the one in your hand – the very first volume of newsletter, in which compilation of freshmen’s and RST’s writings are included.

After every volume of newsletter has been published, we find it a pleasure to hear the voice of freshmen who are new to keep peace and also learn how to build peace revealing their thoughts and feelings, reporting the event of volunteer and peace celabrated and held around us and sharing helpful study and life skills experienced by participants themselves.

Hopefully, you can find something useful herein, and may find a little of yourself and your memories of Mekong Peace Journey I.

Many important events, tasks and missions are coming. This volume is published as wish for all were, are-being peace-builder in Mekong region strong determination to continue growing and enjoying peace-builder’s life.

Yours faithfully.

With love and peace,

“There are hundreds of tasks we feel we must accomplish in the day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains of sand passing through the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical and mental structure” Ted Bergernine

“Relaxing is like playing an instrument. To become proficient, we must practice, practice, practice”

“Peace comes from living in the moment and looking for thegood in others”

“Peacefulness comes from facing our fears and letting them go
– trusting that things will turn out all right. Peacefulness is also a way of approaching conflict with others so no one is made wrong.
Everyone wins because we then work tofind a peaceful solution”

“There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don’t know what’s happening”

“In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our  terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God” James Agee