“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good,
and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”
“From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world.” (Reprinted from the website, www.peacepilgrim.org.}
She was an inspiration for many of us who walked across the United States in 1986 with The Great Peace March. Although the undertaking seemed daunting to us, Peace walked continuously in the continental U.S. plus Alaska and Hawaii for 28 years, traversing the country many times. She wore blue pants and a blue tunic with the words “25,000 Miles on Foot for Peace.
Peace Pilgrim died before our march began, but Cheryl Canfield, a fellow marcher who helped compile the book, mentioned below, knew her well. She had in her possession one of the tunics Peace had worn on her pilgrimage across the country. I felt honored that she let me try it on, and it fit!
As I learned more about this remarkable woman I realized she was a spiritually evolved individual who had much wisdom to pass on. After her death in a car accident on the way to a speaking engagement, friends gathered to compile her writing into a book that is still available as a PDF download or paperback book, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Her Work in Her Own Words, at www.peacepilgrim.org.
Peace Pilgrim said many quotable things, one of which I have on my new Happiness Card with the blue hydrangea: “Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.”