Thursday, March 3, 2011

Co-laborers for Peace, not Competition

March 1, 2011 OSLO (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee says it has received a record 241 nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  Geir Lundestad, the permanent secretary of the committee, says by the Feb 1 deadline it received nominations for  188 individuals and 53 organization. The prize announcement likely will be held on October 14; the award ceremony is annually held on December 10.

I personally believe that a Nobel Peace Prize nomination represents a gift, an opportunity.
People who are working for peace are co-laborers rather than "competition."  The announcement of a nomination merely allows it to become a tool that can be used to help open doors and draw attention to worthy causes and methods.  It's about opportunity to create awareness which ideally will attract more partners.

For me, this nomination is a public affirmation that the people working on this bold vision are doing the right things in the right way, and in the right timing with the right people involved.  At the end of the day, I hope that the nomination serves as a catalyst for others to invest themselves -- that is what will move this noble collaborative goal closer to fruition.  I hope for public ownership of the finished product as we each put our own distinct finger prints onto the vision, so that we create this better world TOGETHER.

The nomination reminds me of the value and the nobleness of all our endeavors.  This project really means something to the people whom we serve.  They are not faceless statistics.  May this process also inspire us to become the best versions of ourselves...right where we live and work and play and dream.