If You Could Have Peace In Your Life, Where Would It Begin for You, My Friend?

What is peace? Is it being able to live in your home and feel safe and see it as a retreat? Even with the world or your neighborhood crumbling around you, is peace that inner chamber of the heart, soul and mind that can be visited to escape from a harsh reality ~ or, could peace be that hopeful and beautiful dream of a paradise where the world is seen without suffering, conflict and war?

I do believe that many brilliant people from all walks of life have pondered the thought of peace and sought to find the magic ingredient through mind transformation, wealth or by ingesting a substance.

As my mind swims through the interesting facets of Peace, a poem comes to mind by Rudyard Kipling called ” If, ” and I present this poem in its entirety, which is a great reward if one desires to make strength and virtue a constant friend.

 ” If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build em up with wornout tools;

 If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”

It seems appropriate to share this particular poem at this time in life when so much change is going on around us; and we just hope to keep our head, not become too weary and feel a common bond with mankind. Most importantly, not to let the oppressing circumstances change who we are.

Even if we’ve become the strength that Kipling portrays in his poem, it is comforting to have family and friends ~ someone to have your back when times gets unbearable or your soul becomes heavy with sorrow.

There can be much magic in believing and God has sent many angels to surround us ~ some as heavenly angels and some as earth angels.

What a blessing family and friends can be because family can be like friends and friends can be like family. They are most precious gifts from God and worth their weight in gold ~ definitely treasured and royal gems who will stand by us; and I close with a poem written by me called ~

” Embracing Change. ”
In the many seasons of our lives, the winds
of change can bring much sorrow or happiness,
We may face the battles on a rocky mountaintop
Or down a valley in droplets of His melting presence

Be of courage and wrap loving arms around a Psalm
While the winds howl and appear life threatening,
Meditate on His words of wisdom day and night
Until we are able to surf and embrace winds of change

We will survive as we ride the tides and crashing waves
Faithfully determined, knowing with time victory shall come
As He extends a hand to steady wrenching twists and turns,
Guiding us to calming waters and a promising rising sun


About thorns4roses

I am passionate about animals, poetry, music, photography & writing. It’s great to be alive & part of a world on the cusp of changing for the better. "Learn to Love with all your heart & accept the unlovable sides. For everyone can Love a rose but only a great heart can include the thorns. . . ." Unknown
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