Thursday, December 19, 2013
A Need To Be Peace
Growing up in the Midwest, especially as a youngster (more than many moons ago), I couldn’t wait until the first snowflake fell. There is a silence that takes place. It is quiet. Depending upon the size of the snowflakes, if one listens closely, you can hear snowflakes fall upon branches of trees. If you listen closely, you can hear their gentle touch upon the window. It is truly Peaceful.
So many times during the holiday season . . . any holiday season . . . sentiments of Peace are expressed. People talk about the Peace and Joy of the Season . . . the Peace and Serenity of Christmas. It brings a smile to my face and lightens my heart. It’s a great feeling. There’s joy and the expression, I believe, is intentional. There is sincerity in that expression.
I’m not sure where I heard it or read it, where the idea was expressed, that Peace isn’t a feeling. Peace isn’t a circumstance or situation. Peace isn’t an expression.
Instead, Peace is a way of speaking, a way of behaving, a way of listening. It was expressed that Peace needs to be more than wished for, and more importantly, Peace isn’t something to attain, to gain, to have.
Peace cannot be expected to last unless and until Peace is lived.
Peace Cannot Be Expected To Last Unless And Until Peace Is Lived!
Khalil Gibran wrote, “No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self- centered way, but for the whole human family.” Gibran also wrote, “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
So . . .
I would like each of us, this Peaceful season, to contemplate how we think, how we speak, how we act, how we listen. I would like each of us to consider that there is A Need To Be Peace. In our lives. With each other. For each other. I would like each of us to consider that Peace is more than a feeling. Peace is certainly more than a sentiment, an expression no matter how sincere, no matter how much joy that expression brings.
I believe Peace is a way of life. And . . . if each of us considers that Peace is a way of living, a way of speaking, a way of thinking, a way of listening, how much better will our relationships be! With ourselves . . . with each other . . . with those whose lives we touch day in and day out. Perhaps then, we can achieve what we’ve only expressed up until now. Peace. It’s something to think about . . .Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!