Words matter to Robyn. As our team has prepared for our journey to Africa and for our mission of sharing peace, Robyn has reminded us that helping people find useful language to negotiate daily conflict is a gift that will change lives — including our own.
Robyn Short is the author of Prayers for Peace, a prayer book and journal for those who are committed to being “the change they wish to see in the world,” and Peace People, an illustrated children’s book. A former teacher and school principal, Robyn sees the promise in children and hope for change in the way the world turns because of them.
Robyn is the founder of GoodMedia Press, an independent publishing company that’s mission is to actively and passionately promote peace through the written word. An independent filmmaker, Robyn premiered “The Darkest Hour,” her first film, in Dallas, Texas, in September 2014. Coinciding with that premiere was the release of GoodMedia Press’ book of the same name, co-authored by Africa team leader, Dr. Betty Gilmore and Nanon Williams.
A passionate believer in peace and social justice, Robyn holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University.
In a previous blog post, we shared Robyn’s thoughts on love — a key to her approach to just about everything. Maybe everything. “Everything is either an act of love or an act of someone crying out for love,” Robyn tells us. So, those good things we intend, even if they don’t turn out well, are because of our love. And those bad things come from our need to experience love.
Noting that conflict is a rich experience, Robyn reflected on the need to have something positive available to individuals who are confronted by others crying out for love or who are making that cry themselves. “Hurt people tend to hurt people,” Robyn says. “When we’re in conflict, we tend to move toward violence and not towards love, when love is what actually feels better.” Having those positive influences in place was Robyn’s motivation for writing Peace People for children. Knowing that people can only choose from the opportunities available to them, she wanted to provide a resource that introduced those concepts to children.
Robyn summed up her feelings about the trip to Africa in this way, “I want my time on this earth to matter. When we as people change, there is a ripple effect. Others have the opportunity to change as we change.”
And Robyn is passionate about change . . . for the good.