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What does Peace look like?

The Real Meaning Of Peace

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 of a calm lake.  The lake was a perfect mirror, with peaceful, towering mountains all around it.  Overhead was a 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 flashed.  Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall.  This did not look peaceful at all.  But when the King looked closer, 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 angry water and noise, sat the mother bird on her nest...in perfect peace.

Which picture 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.”

May you know the real meaning of peace at the holidays – and always!

Tibor Bogdan

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