World Interfaith Harmony Week Our common values as humans far outweigh our differences…

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Andy Smallman
Feb 5 · 3 min read

World Interfaith Harmony Week takes place the first week of February each year

e’re in the midst of the 2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW), proposed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2010. WIHW takes place the first week of February and is for interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill to show the world that our common values as humans far outweigh our differences.

Last year, I was asked to create daily missions of goodwill to inspire interested individuals to up their awareness of the purpose of the week. Successful, I was asked to repeat my efforts this year.

Each day, I post a short, entertaining video I’ve produced, each less than three minutes long, from the HEARTquarters of the International Kindness Team (get it, HEARTquarters instead of headquarters?). I play a character I created seven years ago, an unnamed secret agent who is responsible for communicating “secret missions of compassion” to agents in the field.

This year, I’ve simplified the missions by summarizing the overall message in haikus, each one adapted from David Gershon’s vision of “Seven Actions to Create Peace on Earth.”

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What follows are the haikus. Beneath each are links to the videos I produced for each haiku. For even more context, along with access to dozens of positive missions I’ve created over the years, I invite you to visit my “Secret Agent of Compassion” website.

MISSION #1 — BEFRIEND THE OTHER

Befriend the other.
Enter with an open mind.
Love one another.

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MISSION #2 — YEARNING TO CONNECT

Yearning to connect,
celebrate humanity.
Unitive impulse.

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MISSION #3 — MAKE THE WORLD WE WANT

Make the world we want.
Acts of cooperation
for the common good.

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MISSION #4 — THE ONENESS OF HUMANKIND

Our planet’s healers.
The oneness of humankind.
Provide them support.

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MISSION #5 — PEACE ON EARTH IS POSSIBLE

We’re sharing the dream:
Peace on earth is possible.
We create the world.

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MISSION #6 — INVITE THE CHILDREN

Invite the children.
Shape the future of our world.
Share the torch of peace.

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MISSION #7 — BECOME PEACE ON EARTH

From the inside out,
the beating of the world’s heart.
Become peace on earth.

Andy Smallman

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Andy Smallman

I work to promote ordinary activities that awaken kindness, helping people connect to their true nature and increase peace in the world (andysmallman.com).

 

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