Peace...the still, quiet place within...

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 that he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake.  The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful, towering mountains all around it.  Overhead was blue sky with fluffy, white clouds.  All who saw this picture thought it was the 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 lightning 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 angry water, sat the mother bird on her next.

The king chose this second picture as the winner, "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."

(Author unknown).


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