Amidst the flurry and busyness of this time of year, let me share my favourite reflective message about the true meaning of Real Peace. I first read this many years ago as part of a daily inspirational fax message by an unknown author.
"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.'"
Can you relate to this message? I can! After cocooning for a time subsequent to selling my home, an apartment suddenly became available in the 'village' setting I envisioned. If I could 'wave a magic wand' I would be moved and settled without all of the many details involved. Yet, the fact that the Universe presented this 'new beginning' prior to the New Year as the light returns has given me a deep sense of peace.
May the music and lights of this special time give you hope, joy and precious moments of Real Peace, and may you remember that you never walk alone. Blessed be! Namasté
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada