I think I’m started understanding peace at last.
I couldn’t help but think of the Desiderata. A friend shared it with me in 1992, telling me it was his code for life. As much as I liked the words then, it is only in recent years that they truly resonated with me and I can appreciate the depth of them.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
Today, inspired by those words I share my journey to peace in a 100 words:
Understanding Peace At Last
Years of self-inflicted pain
Brought on by not appreciating
The beauty within.
Years of doubt
Caused by not trusting
The abundance of the universe.
Years of fear
Caused by believing
In a God of vengeance.
Tears, anger, guilt, shame and regret
Those things filled my soul.
No place for peace.
Smothered and broken.
I cried out for help.
Then did I truly realize that
The way to peace begins with
Being gentle with myself.
Knowing I have a special place in the Universe
Realizing that God’s love is boundless.
I am understanding peace at last
It is within my soul.
Have you found your peace?