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My goodness, but hasn't the world become a noisy place! There seems to be no escaping it. I hate 'pop' music, but it is everywhere. To me it is simply noise. When I see a guitar, I run. Everyone seems to think he/she can sing and play a guitar! As I grow older it gets worse and more annoying. Where can an older person find peace today?

We all need a bit of peace and quiet to restore a sense of balance and harmony in our lives. Without it we become sour and crabid. I suppose we must look for it first and foremost in ourselves, in our own heart. From there it can radiate outwards.

I remember hearing a story about two artists who, in a contest, were asked to paint a picture on the theme of peace and contentment. One painted a rural scene of stillness, a dreamy, leafy landscape of rolling hills, a still lake and a beautiful sunset. Yet it was the other artist who won the prize. His work showed a thundering waterfall so realistic that one could almost hear the roar of the water as it crashed on the rocks below. If one looked closely, however, one could see among the rocks a small tree with a bird and her chicks in a nest. The scene conveyed the message that the important thing about peace is that it can be achieved even in the midst of turmoil.

Alas, I haven't reached that point yet myself. I must try harder.


That's a beautiful story.

I am privileged to live in a quiet neighborhood, though not in the countryside, and I try not to take it for granted. The rare times I visit the city it does feel oppressively noisy to me. Though I suppose if I had grown up in the city, its noise and bustle would seem normal.
I love a walk in the afternoon and try to get far enough outside town to walk in the country among green fields. Unfortunately this is not always possible.
I re tweeted this on twitter about peace, and i really like it.

It does not mean to be in a place
where there is not noise, trouble, or
hard work. It means to be in the
midst of those things and still
be calm in your heart ~ unknown
I like it.
and there is the other way around

the physical world can be still, without noise or visible beings
but the individual can be in turmoil

peace must be within

Edited at 2016-05-01 13:44 (UTC)
As you say, peace must be found within. But it's not easy to achieve it.
not easy
but inner turmoil is unbearble
those in pain look for a way of peace
some ways are more helpful than others
I like "peace & quiet" too!
It was interesting to see this post of yours today as peace was at the heart of our lessons for the children in church today because of the lectionary reading, (John 14).

We asked the children to think about peace and then to draw what it meant to them; we had a waterfall, we had 'things to illustrate an end to war', 'me sitting in my room, without any noises or interruption, just thinking', 'our church' and others - icuding 'our house with Daddy going out to play golf as it is a lot more peaceful when he is out' by a six year old. (Her sister confirmed that this is because Daddy has the TV on loudly, and clatters pans when he helps cook dinner, runs noisily down stairs etc - nothing sinister, thank goodness.)

But we also looked at what Jesus meant by His peace - we asked the children to come up with things that worried them, or stressed them, to write inside the large letters PEACE - and then they were able to scribble them all out as we prayed that Jesus' peace would help them face and overcome the worries.

I wish you as much inner peace as you need.

Isn't that amazing. I wrote on that theme because it turned up in the liturgy!!
You seem to have an excellent approach to teaching religion. Well done.
Thank you for your wishes, I have a long way to go, I'm afraid.

Edited at 2016-05-02 09:49 (UTC)
I think, despite the differences in the forms of worship between our denominations, we follow the same liturgical calendar, known to us as the lectionary, of daily and weekly readings. Another sign of the 'Holy catholic church' of the creed we also share; our similarities are so much greater than our differences!
Museums, traditional art galleries and old fashioned libraries. Oases of calm! And often botanical gardens, too, though they can sometimes be over-run with speedng kids and plant-cutting-stealing ladies.
Yes, that's my experience too.