This is a wish and a greeting by many different people around the globe. There is even an international day of peace.
I wish and hope and see peace. Peace on earth starts with me, my inner peace.
Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa
Go ahead, right now - put a smile on your face. Keep it there for several minutes. Notice how that makes you feel. Smile and say hello to the people you greet today and tomorrow. Were I go to church, there is an older couple and they sit on the back row. They only stay for 1 meeting. But they don't leave until they have properly smiled, hugged and given a kiss on the cheek to every person leaving. When I have had some hard days, this one active of kindness and service has made a world of difference in helping to foster peace in my life.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama
The dictionary defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; and freedom from civil disturbance.
The dictionary defines good-will as friendly, helpful, or cooperative feelings or attitude. It is synonymous with charity, compassion, goodness, consideration and kindness.
This time of year we tend to think more peaceful thoughts and have more good-will for our fellow man.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams
October 8, 2016, my community, which is out of the way in rural Arizona that a devastating
storm never really made national headlines. Click here to see pictures. We had what many are calling a 100 year storm. Many lost their houses and businesses and crops. I lost my house – I didn’t lose my home. A year ago, my neighbor lost their house to a fire, they had just moved in when the storm hit. Then we moved out. I was actually on my way to the east coast to enjoy some time off. We drove thru an incredible lightning storm such as I had never seen – the whole dessert was lit up. My son called to ask if we arrived at the airport ok. They had a huge rain storm – lots of rain. But that was just the beginning. I told him to check the store for leaks and got on the plane. We were fine.
After we boarded the plane - “All hail” broke loose – literally. Not 1, not 2 – but 3 super cells pounded our community. There was literally a blanket 6 inches deep of hail covering the town. The streets flowed like rivers with ice bergs. Our roof suffered so much damage, we need a whole new roof and the ceilings all over the inside replaced. So we currently live in temporary housing. The next day, the streets were piled up with a 6 inch layer of hail.... seriously. For a desert community - this just has never happened in my lifetime.
We lost part of our business and all of our storage. Plus we lost a lot of business for the month as everyone in town was affected.
Both cars at home and our RV suffered huge damage, enough for the cars to be totaled out.
The schools were damaged enough that the entire school district got 2 weeks off, one school will be closed until January and the students have be moved into other schools.
Our community immediately was out helping everyone. The city trash pick-up was overwhelmed and expected weeks and months of work to clean up. Instead of sitting at home for an unexpected fall break – high school students went out as volunteers to clean up yards and homes and followed the city trash trucks around to help clean up our town.
Today, 2 months later, the trees still look beat up but the town thanks to volunteers and good-will looks pretty good.
Many are still without homes. We were in a hotel, and a family offered their basement which we gratefully accepted. Repairs are slow because so many people need work done. One third of our business is still getting repairs made.
If it wasn’t for the kindness and good-will of many, so much more would have been lost. Many people offered their laundry services to wash and dry wet things – to save them. Many meals were shared. And, many yards and homes were cleaned up. Moving through trials with peace and gratitude is the path of least resistance and the path that will benefit you the most. It allows you to have a clear head and make the best of the situation.
This holiday season will be different for me. All my Christmas decorations were moved and some destroyed. My house got packed up while I was back East to prevent mold so we are still living out of a suit case and I’m actually missing my holiday sweaters. For us, it will be a simple holiday without all the decorations. We are looking for meaningful activities that will help us remember why we celebrate.
Peace on earth, good-will towards men– for me the message of the babe born in Bethlehem was one of peace, good news and good-will. My heart is filled with joy with opportunities to serve, to visit the lonely, to smile at a stranger, to give and to receive. World peace begins with me and with you. It doesn’t matter our differences. Differences should enrich our lives, not divide us.
The Dalai Lama said, “Going deeper into peace… genuine peace must come through inner peace, not through fear.” “The key thing is a warm heart of concern for others’ well-being.” He further explained that a calm mind is the remedy for the loss of hope and a destroyer of fear, distrust and hate. We have the power within ourselves to restore happiness. “You must develop compassion, not pity.” From a visit to San Diego in 2012.
If the storms of your life or the world around you is causing you to feel stressed or upset, let go. Look for the good. Find things to be grateful for. Embrace peace.
Tips for cultivating inner peace.
- Learn to go with the flow and adapt to circumstances. That doesn’t mean you have to accept low standards that you can’t change your circumstances. My favorite saying is, ‘It is what it is.’ It just is, therefore work with what is.
- Unclutter your life and simplify.
- Be grateful. Observe the beautiful and wondrous things in our world.
- Don’t complain and avoid negativity.
- Spend time around positive happy people.
- Spend a few minutes a day meditating.
- Take deep breaths, especially when you’re feeling negative or anxious.
- Do something you love or participate in a hobby.
- Give service
- Choose Love
We have a choice in this world. Our happiness and our peace doesn't begin when circumstances are perfect. It begins with us during trials and challenges nurturing our inner peace and choosing to be at peace and share good-will with our fellow man.
Enjoy this beautiful song and video from my friend Shawn Galloway,
"I Choose Love"
From all of us in our family and at Indigo Mountain we wish you peace, health and happiness.
And we wish you Happy Holidays (which means happy holy days).
Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad (Spanish) – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian) – Kala Christouyenna (Greek) – God Jul (Norwegian) – Srozhdestovm Kristovim (Russian)
Shenti jiankang ankang xingfu [Chinese for Wishing you health and happiness] 身体健康，安康幸福！