Amidst the busyness of this time of year, I share a reflective message about real peace, which I received many years ago, author unknown.
"There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.
"One picture was a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful, towering mountains that surrounded it. Overhead was blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
"The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
"But when the King looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of the angry water sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace!
"Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. 'Because', explained the King, 'peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.'"
Thank you for being a part of Innisfree's Moments. May you experience real peace and calm in your heart. Until next time, please join me in welcoming the Winter Solstice with its return of the light.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada