I'm contributing my decorated peace globe to Mimi's Blog Blast for Peace, and here's the symbolism behind my design:
I added a peacock feather because peacock feathers are associated with good luck, protection, and peace. In Japan & China this feather is an attribute of the goddess Kwannon (Kuanyin). The frog is incorporated into the design because peace is joyful and part of our inborn innocence.
And here's one of my favorite Peace Prayers:
"PRAYER OF PEACE Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
St. Francis of Assisi