Thanks to Steve Goodier, of the Life Support System for providing this excellent story of Peace and Imperturbabily. The right 'thought' always seems to arrive in my inbox from Life Support just when I need it most; this one certainly did. As I am personally trying to grasp and hold on to; peace can be found within all of us, even in times of stress overload and turmoil. This too shall pass….right?
Wishing you all a peaceful day, what a treasure they are. Enjoy the read and make sure to take time to smell the (Peace) roses…. BFN 🙂
PS If any of you are re-reading this and note some 'editing' going on….the wonky WP gods are at it again…..First the font size changed (I hadn't touched a thing!!!) then I lost a few words along the way….go figure. The meaning is still there and Steve's portion is intact, so that's the happy ending.
I think Charles Allen said it first. "When faced with problems which
threaten to steal your peace of mind, learn the meaning of the word
'imperturbability.'" I heard of two artists who were asked to illustrate peace. Each was
assigned the task of depicting a peaceful scene on canvas.The first artist drew a beautiful picture of a countryside on a warm,
spring day. A soft sun illumines green grass and bathes a picturesque
farmhouse and grazing cattle in its warmth. A farmer walks
contentedly behind strong plow horses preparing his field for spring
planting. The picture is one of beauty and quiet tranquility.
The other artist took a different approach. He drew a majestic,
rugged cliff. Gnarled trees, twisted by years of violent winds, jut from the craggy mountainside. Dark clouds hang low and fierce while
jagged streaks of lightening slash across an angry sky. The picture
is one of violence, chaos and rage.
But as one looks closely, something else becomes visible. There in
one of the crevices of the rocky mountain, tucked back just out of
reach of the wind and rain – a nest with two small birds. Apparently
unconcerned about the impending storm, they appear calm, cozy and
peaceful as they patiently wait for the turbulence to pass.
And isn't that the way it so often is? We may want to be surrounded
by peace, but storms rage. Problems and pressures without threaten to
steal peace of mind within.
The answer is imperturbability: inner peace that doesn't leave when
circumstances change. It's a peace that is greater than the problems
of life, built on assurance that the tempest will finally pass, that
we will survive the storm, that we may grow stronger because of it
and, in the meantime, we will not endure it alone.
Imperturbability – it's the result of a peace that passes
understanding. For serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace
amid the storm.
This reading is found in Steve Goodier's popular book
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