With all the unrest in the world today, where does one find a real sense of peace?
Being at peace does not mean to be void of conflict or challenge, but rather, it's a way of being...being slower to anger...being kinder with words...being gentler with yourself...
It is not only about the love we have for others or how much we are loved. We cannot be fully at peace without accepting all aspects of ourselves and embracing that person we see in the mirror...the one looking back at us who is deserving of our love and attention just as much as anyone else.
Peace is also about hope...recognizing that there are shades to life and even in the most dreadful hour, something good awaits.
And it's about Faith...not necessarily that our prayers will be answered exactly as we prayed them, but knowing that everything blends with and connects to everything else...that each person we meet holds another piece to this puzzle.
This awareness allows us to accept each day as it is, make choices that are aligned with the best in us, while being mindful of those around us. We don't have to worry so much about changing the opinions of others.
How about we allow people to be as they are and turn our attentions inward, making sure that we are content with who we are and how we are choosing to live each day.
In the words of a nine-year-old girl named Maura, "I'd rather have Peace on Earth than pieces of Earth."
Peace be with you,
Kathleen O'Malley, Author of Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grown-Ups heart emoticon