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Peace, Come What May.

Shalom. Say it out loud – go on! Feel the way it stretches your lips, your mouth, your jaw, and weigh its depth of meaning on your tongue. It means peace. Perhaps a case for onomatopoeia – its sound mimicking its meaning. The word opens your lips in the first syllable, breathing out a net of “Sha-“ before internalising, even ingesting the concept in the second syllable, “-lom”. Peace is outwards and inwards. It is a state of being; within yourself and beyond yourself to the interaction of people, organisations and nations. Shalom is used as a greeting to this day by Jewish people, in place of ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, communicating the orator’s desire for the recipient to experience harmony, completeness, prosperity and wellbeing in their life. It is the external peace between two entities as well as the internal sense of peace experienced by an individual. The 13th century Persian poet Rumi conjured it this way, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in …