I have no intention to define what is peace for you because I think the idea of peace is very different with every individual. However, there is a common thread in all humanity and that is the pursuit of peace and that is why I am sharing with you my opinion. Hopefully somehow, someone out there who has struggled with it can relate. It does not matter if you’re a homemaker or a businessman, if you’re six or sixty, deep down inside, we all long for peace. Only with peace, can love, freedom and joy manifest.
Life has been good to me for the most parts, peaceful if I may add. When peace was shaken in my life, I found myself struggling to be at peace. It felt like there was a constant need to be confronting and solving problems to make it all go away. But you know what, it didn’t work. At some point, you will realise how some problems are not meant to be solved, it is to be accepted and understood.
Through this, the moments that I had with peace were obvious and so precious. It is when there is such a stark contrast in emotions that I truly saw the beauty and strength of peace. I wanted to understand it. Peace seemed very simple and reachable when everything is calm and relaxed. So how does one find peace when the storm comes? The more I meditated on that, the more I realised that it is the understanding of one’s self that reveals peace.
Peace is not just about being in a quiet space or on holy grounds, or the absence of violence, it is so much more than that. It is acceptance, respect and awareness of yourself and your environment. Only when your boundaries and limits are pushed and you’re thrown into chaos, you realise that peace comes from within. Recognise it and hold on to it, because it can easily slip away. With that inner peace, you will be able to face any worldly problems with finesse.
Maybe peace is not found by being comfortable, maybe peace is simply to have self belief and to be present in any situation. Just as there can be no light without darkness, happiness without sorrow, rich without the poor, I found a strong sense of peace in chaos and for that, I am forever grateful.
“You only know how strong your roots are when the storm comes”