On November 9, 2011, Mia Bella Frothingham delivered this speech to the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs:

A child just died. Every day 16,000 children die of hunger related causes.  That’s one child every five seconds…As you can see this is a BIG and very complex issue, but there are some simple ways to solve the problem and that is why I am here today.  Good morning everyone, my name is Mia Bella Frothingham, I am 11 years old and I am here today to talk to you about peace. I became a peace leader five years ago.  Everything started in December 12, 2007 when my then 2nd grade teacher, asked the class to develop a project with specific goals and time frame to be accomplished. Mine was to become a peace leader, to help poor children and encourage people to help them so they can have food, water, and better lifestyle.

Now that I told you who I am, let me tell you some shocking statistics. While working on building my website my peace planet.com, and during the research of themes to complete my pages, I found that during the past decade, 2 million children were killed in wars; 4.5 million disabled; 12 million left homeless; more than 1 million separated from their parents; and 10 million psychologically traumatized because their forced involvement in wars or simply because of the
cruel consequences of wars in children. I also found that every day in the United States, 2,000 children are reported missing… …These situations make me feel very, very sad and I worry about our children’s future and my future, but
also make me strong and inspired me to help to create a better future for them and the world.

But how can we create a better future for our children?…that’s why my purpose in life became to spread the culture of peace everywhere I go. I want humanity to understand that peace is a state of mind that can be attained by the simplest
actions when done with the best intentions. and when I say “simplest actions” I mean something as humble as giving a sincere smile to someone instead of a grumpy face, laugh with others, instead of laughing at them, share respect, recognize
the things that make you upset and work to change that upset behavior for a positive one, tell others that peace start inside each one of us, start with you, with me, with us, all together…

And if peace starts with each one of us, what can we do? An important action to achieve peace is to contribute to stopping violence and wars in the world. For so many people this is a topic that it is difficult to cover, because for them,
bringing violence and wars to an end is impossible, however, to reach big goals, you need to start with small steps. That is precisely why small good actions can easily help avoid violence. Remember “Peace is a state of mind that can be attained by the simplest actions when done with the best intentions.” Just think that peace start in our hearts, inside us, and inspire others to feel motivated to achieve world peace. Don’t wait for others to do it for you, it is your turn to realize that peace start with you; do it now, do it today, make a difference in another’s life, make a difference in your class, in your home, , in your work, in your community, in your school…

But how can we make a difference in our schools?…By raising our voices to the world to recognize human values, respect and little actions that can contribute to peace. I encourage the idea that every student should be receiving teaching in
peace and harmony appropriate to their level. Because if children start knowing about peace at this early age it will stick to them forever. And if students attending college and university level education start being introduce to peace efforts now even if the peace concepts were not there in their prior educations, they can still understand the importance of achieving world harmony and become person of peace as well…

And how can we become a person of peace? By understanding what our own peace behavior is to contribute transforming the world to a harmonious place.  Remember “Peace is a state of mind that can be attained by the simplest actions when done by the best intentions.” For instance, at the end of my day, I make a list with the things that I consider contributed to peace. My list has simple items like: “giving a compliment to someone”, “holding the door for someone”, “Smiling at others”, “help to avoid littering” “writing a poem about peace”  “Picking up an object that someone just dropped” “reminding mom & dad to be patient with the guy who just cut you off while driving”… Again, simple actions can contribute to peace when done with the best intentions.  But how can we contribute to peace by simple actions?…by thinking that peace starts with you; Many people I meet ask me what is the recipe to reach peace and I answer to them: It is YOU and ME! And I also add that there are hundreds of things that can be done to reach peace, for instance; be friendly and helpful to the people in need; expand a community peace plan; take part in a program that battles against child abuse or promotes activities for child safety or simply talk about peace every chance you get. Peace is a great conversation topic when nothing else comes to mind.

I want to leave you today with the first poem I wrote about peace called: “JUST FIVE AMAZING TIPS TO ACHIEVE PEACE” This poem I wrote when I was 6 years old and it explain that small things are so important to change the world, and to reach world peace. And sometimes people don’t realize how and why small actions can change other lives. Well, my poem has the SECRET of peace for you: “JUST FIVE AMAZING TIPS TO ACHIEVE PEACE” Here it is:

  • Instead of the mad face give the smile!
  • Instead of giving orders, give your hand for help!
  • Instead of hate, give love!
  • Instead of being mad, just relax!
  • Instead of waiting to win the million dollars to help poor children, give yourself and start helping today!

Remember, peace is a state of mind that can be attained by the simplest actions when done with the best intentions. A simple action done with a good intention can help contributing to world peace. Do something nice TODAY! Thank you.
For more information about Mia, please visit her website at http://www.mypeaceplanet.com