Peace Is Fragile

Peace Is Fragile
It sneaks up on you.  In the overspending, overeating, overthinking…when you regret that you have lost it, or resigned it to the ashbin of aging, it shows up. It may just be a twinge or a recollection, a fleeting admiration for some timeless tradition–something triggers it and Peace washes over you. It may not last long, but it is oh so lovely. It is ineffable, it is knowing–a momentary realization that Peace is real. It is also rare and remarkable.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go through a box of memories, stored for more than a decade. In it were mementos of a family member’s death and tokens of our grief. Sympathy cards, sweet signatures of kindness and sadness. But now, these keepsakes bring a calmness and clarity that could not be imagined so long ago. Suddenly, there was a peaceful pause in the rush of time.

It’s hard to define the state of Peace, but you’ll know it when you feel it. I hope it finds you.
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  • Maryann

    Cynthia, Thank you so much for your beautiful comments on this Christmas Eve. Sometimes peace has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. And when you stop and feel it, it must be like Nirvana, I’m so thrilled to have both of my daughters under my roof this Christmas. I’m still mom, but more the mom I always wanted to be. Somehow life has showed me how and I am nothing but grateful.
    And like you, I am also looking back to my own roots, my memories and with much fondness and nostalgia. We are blessed. I look at the world and do see that so much good has happened, but right along with so much that is not good and needs to be changed. It takes all of us and our own individual feelings of peace to be part of a lasting and expanding peace and harmony for us and for everything and everyone around us. Wishing you and yours the best for these holidays. Love, Maryann

  • Glad you have your daughters with you Maryann. I look forward to reading new poems from you about all the happenings in your life!

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