Why can’t we eliminate war? Why can’t people stop messing with me? Why can’t God intervene?
Peace begins within each of us. It’s not something we can make happen. It is something we must cultivate. It takes time. It takes commitment.
How might we find peace? There are many paths. Some find it through meditation. Some, through connection with Spirit. Some through nature. Whatever your peace practice is, you must be intentional.
Once you’ve achieved a peaceful place inside, you must cherish it. Others cannot take you from your peaceful place unless you let them. Perhaps they, too, had been in a peaceful place and someone or something took them out of it. We must give them the benefit of the doubt.
A story: A woman, exhausted, was taking the bus home after a long day. A man and his 4 children got on the bus. The children were running about, shouting. The man did nothing to intervene. Finally, the woman asked him to control his children. He apologized, explaining that they were returning from the hospital where his wife and their mother had just died. Upon hearing this, the woman's frustration and anger were immediately transformed to sympathy and compassion. The children's actions did not change, but her perspective about them changed. When her perspective changed, she returned to peace.
Peace is not something we experience based on how calm and peaceful our external environment may be. Rather, peace is what we choose for our internal environment -- our own hearts and minds.
When develop and nurture our own peace, we must share it . The world needs peaceful people. It begins with us. As the song lyrics urge, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."
Practice peace. Then share it.