Morning Crunch: Is Peace on our To Do List?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by jeni No Comments


Morning Crunch:
Is Peace on our To Do List?

Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation


Click on image to enlarge




We must celebrate

the gift of life


in some way…

We must always


to play

after every storm.”

– Mattie J.T. Stepanek






Our schedules and activities are now in full swing. What was a new year – filled with resolutions and goals – just a month ago, has now transitioned into routine activities and projects, and the reality of looming deadlines and not-quite-enough time.


Also wedged into those tiny calendar boxes are sporting events and worship meetings, after school clubs and after work gatherings, and all sorts of other individual and group activities, and endeavors and desires and plans.


With so many worthy or necessary tasks pulling us in so many different directions, considering one more To Do List element may seem like the infamous straw that brings that clichéd camel down. But what if that additional element was one that offered support – for us as individuals and as a community – as we cope with all those worthy or necessary tasks that leave us sometimes excited, and often exhausted?


In his final book, Just Peace: A Message of Hope (AMP, 2006), Mattie J.T. Stepanek wrote the following:


“There is a gentle quietness to peace. Relinquishing anger and tightfistedness brings a calming acceptance and resilience. Peace is something that feels good when we recognize and realize it inside of us. And, we can feel the goodness of peace when we are selfless and reconciled with others, and when we are considerate and careful with the earth…. Peace is possible, because peace begins with an attitude, and an attitude is a choice.” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek


If we think of peace in this way – as a truth that begins with how we choose to think, and then speak, and ultimately be – we realize that putting peace on our To Do List is not something that takes more of our time. Instead, choosing peace becomes a strength that supports us in coping with any task or goal, and in celebrating any moment that is a part of our reality.


Despite that morning crunch most of us face each day, and despite those stuffed-full calendars and lists of things we plan to tend to or accomplish, let us take time and make for peace. As we move into every today and toward every tomorrow, let us ask ourselves this simple question:


Is peace on our To Do List?


Read some of the Comments YOU have shared
about this e-Peace News Update HERE…


For more information about the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation,
or to learn about our programs and activities that
support youth and adults in choosing and celebrating peace,
please visit
or e-mail



Return to News main page



Comments are closed.

November Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek