The Jewish prayer for peace is called Oseh Shalom:
Oseh shalom bim’romav
Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu
v’al kol Yisrael
“May the one who makes peace in the heavens make peace for us and all the people Israel.”
Oseh Shalom is also a popular song, with many musical variations, often sung during Shabbat services. And although the prayer is asking God to make peace for us all, Oseh Shalom should also be a reminder to everyone that each of us has the capacity to make peace in our own unique ways.
It may feel like our individual actions are too small and insignificant, like a drop in the ocean; however, each drop really matters. Not only that—all the drops are connected, so although we can never know the full effect of our actions, we can be sure that it’s much more far-reaching than we could ever imagine.
The problems in the world are complex, extensive and overwhelming; and they can not be solved by one person alone. We each have tremendous power to chip away at these problems, though—especially when we’re working collectively.
When we reframe our lives to view our everyday small actions as incredibly significant, we are then empowered to truly bring peace to the world.
Every day, whenever you encounter a problem, ask yourself this: “How can I bring peace to this situation?” Like it or not, the answer will always be some version of you being your best self. Instead of complaining, look for solutions. Instead of blaming, take action in the right direction. Instead of feeling helpless, do something – anything is better than nothing.
You are entrusted with your little corner of the world and all the people and circumstances in it. It is precious; remember that. And be mindful that each of your actions has the potential to bring peace to your world and in turn the greater world.