“One little person giving all her time to peace, can make news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” So said the inspirational ‘Peace Pilgrim’, otherwise know as Mildred Lisette Norman (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981).
Between 1953 and 1981, the Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles across the USA spreading her message— “This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love“. Carrying with her her meagre possessions, she vowed, “I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” She conversed with people wherever she encountered them, whether that be on dusty roads or city streets, in churches, colleges, civic groups, spreading her message; she was also adept at getting her message across to a mass audience too, using the broadcast media as and when the opportunities arose.
The Peace Pilgrims pilgrimage covered the entire peace spectrum, ranging from peace between nations, groups, individuals, and inner peace. She believed that world peace would only come when enough people attain inner peace.
An inspiring individual, the Peace Pilgrim’s life reminds us that we can all make a difference in this world, that we are all called to stand up for what we believe is right, and the power of activism resides within each one of us. Apathy is not an option – we all need to live a meaningful life!
You can watch the documentary ‘Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk‘ on youtube: