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Peace: Is it Possible to Achieve Peace in Today's Volatile Society?
Maria, aka marcoujor graciously passed the baton to me in her Project Good Words Musical Challenge. Her series is inspired by Jo_Goldsmith11’s Light2Love Project Good Words. I’m honored to have been chosen to help spread the love throughout our beloved HubPages community and beyond.
If you haven’t already, check out these wonderful pieces on Peace:
Everywhere you look you’re confronted with volatility. You get honked at on the road for driving too slowly. You stop at a red light and hear the couple in front of you arguing or a mother screaming at her kids. Road rage is in the news daily. So are abuse, animal cruelty, crime, and war. Not to mention poisoned food, global warming, political secrets, and general doom and gloom.
It’s enough to make you want to command the world to stop spinning so you can get off.
But how realistic is that?
We’re here on Earth so we might as well make the best of our time here. And it’s up to each and every one of us to achieve peace in today’s volatile society.
It all starts with a positive attitude. Do you dwell on the negative or do you look for and see the beauty in life?
Peace cannot be achieved globally – if ever – until each individual on this planet finds inner peace. Inner peace glows and attracts others who have found peace within. Just as hate and destruction mushrooms, so can peace.
War has never made sense to me as a means of achieving peace. How do violence, death, and destruction beget peace? They are polar opposites.
Call me an idealist – it’s okay – I do, but I think the only way to achieve peace is to reduce or eliminate the volatile nature of society. And that can only happen one person at a time.
This one person will share how and where I find those peaceful easy feelings. (Yes, I borrowed from The Eagles, but the phrase is perfectly befitting of my message.)
I’m fortunate to have a loving family. My parents gave me a good education, a strong upbringing (which I often rebelled against), and are forgiving, loving, and supportive. Without my parents I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. They gave me a good foundation on which to grow, which I’ve passed on to my son.
I find peace in having a brother and sister, both of whom I adore. They’re beautiful, talented people. They make me laugh and we laugh together. I find great peace in a good old belly laugh that makes my cheeks hurt. I always feel good when I’m with my family even if it’s only on the phone.
I find peace in knowing I’ve passed on what I’ve learned (and then some) to my son. I’m comforted knowing I did my best in raising my son. I’m at peace when we laugh and act silly together. It’s extremely gratifying to have such a comfortable relationship with my only child.
I hope you enjoy the very first video I ever made when my son and I took a nature walk at the Environmental Center in Longwood, Florida on Mothers Day 2014 after having a nice breakfast out.
Some of the Wildlife That Inhabits My YardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Find Peace in Nature
Until I became a full time writer, keeping me indoors was like putting a cat in a cage. Even still, I’m outdoors feeling the sun energize my body and nature feeding my soul whenever I can. All of my breaks are taken outside.
I start each day sitting on my front porch at my little bistro table having coffee and listening to the birds greet the day with their sweet songs. I watch the sun sprinkle the dew-laden grass with sparkles of diamonds on each blade.
When I set aside a day for pleasure reading, I do it out back watching the butterflies flitter gracefully from flower to flower. I listen to the woodpeckers pounding out their daily meals, the red-shouldered hawks calling out to each other. The cardinals with their petite chirps, and even the slithering black snakes weaving their way through the foliage all bring me peace. The lizards that share my reading spot look at me quizzically from time to time and I find myself talking to them. Living in a setting resplendent with wildlife brings me peace.
Those of you who know me well know that several of the wooded lots in my neighborhood have been torn down to make room for more housing. This has me in a state of stress and sadness for the wildlife that is being run off as the result.
I’d like to share a short video I made the other night. It was about 7:30 in the evening and I was standing out on my walkway just as the sun was setting. Suddenly, I saw some bats fluttering overhead. I was so tickled to see they hadn’t been run off by the construction that I had to get my phone and capture the moment. It may be a tad difficult to see them, but you can hear the elation in my voice. I found great joy and peace in seeing nature’s mosquito patrol at work.
It’s been documented that pets help increase our quality of life. Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers bring companion animals to visit the residents or patients on a regular basis. The nurturing effect pets have on us is incomparable. Pets give us unconditional love. Sad to say, humans could stand to learn a thing or two from our four-legged family members.
My cats are no exception. I have three: Axel, Sheba, and Shiloh. They’re my best buds. When I’m sick, they take turns lying by my side. If I have a case of the blues, they keep me company and usually end up bringing a much-needed smile to my face.
They each have their own personalities and quirks. Axel, my Flame Point Himalayan, can be as sweet as sweet can be. He can also be a bugger boy. Not to me, but to my girls. Check out the photo below. I was watching FoodNetwork TV and Sheba and Axel decided to nap on the couch to keep me company. Normally, Sheba would hiss at Axel if he got this close to her sleeping space – especially when that space is next to Mama. But, for some reason, she was okay with it. I thought it quite amusing that they were sleeping in the same position, although if you look closely, Sheba is literally sleeping with one eye open!
My ‘kids’ are a constant source of enjoyment and comfort. I think Sheba must have been a human in her previous life. She has a very expressive face and looks me dead in the eyes, always with a question behind the look. She’s a real sweetheart. Shiloh is the only one who hasn’t earned a middle name yet (after six years!) because she doesn’t do no-no’s. Not that I can catch her in, anyway. LOL
I can’t imagine life without my cats. As I said, they give me unconditional love and are always there for me. I’m at peace just knowing they’re in the house.
Life without music is unimaginable to me. I have the radio on as I write this. I simply cannot work without it. Music comforts me. It inspires me and motivates me. It gets me hopping. It stirs up the creative juices and even helps me cry when I feel the need. Crying can be just as peace rendering as laughing. Crying is a release. Once the sad or hurtful emotions are allowed to flow out of the soul via tears, peace is felt in the form of relief.
I’d like to share with you one of my all time favorite songs. It was penned by a fellow idealist and I love his words. To this day, when I hear this song all conversation must cease. The message is potent and would lead to world peace if you can actually imagine the impact of having nothing to fight over and misdirect our lives.
I’m sure you found it as no surprise that John Lennon’s Imagine is one of my favorite songs. It’s become my philosophy over the years. Here’s one you may not be familiar with. It was written by an amazing man who is not only a phenomenal artist, in my opinion, but an outstanding humanitarian as well. He wishes peace for the world and is doing his part to bring it on. This awesome man’s name is Julian Lennon, first born son of John and only child of Cynthia Lennon.
Music is the universal language. No matter what language you speak, we can all hear the melody and move to the beat. We become universal allies when we dance and let the music into our souls.
Put away the guns and strike up the band!
This Julian Lennon Album is Wonderful!
Without friends I think we’d all be lost. Whether they are friends you share a cup of tea with or friends who email you, call you, send you little unexpected pick-me-ups in the mail, friends have a way of bringing peace to your soul when you’re not even aware turmoil had taken up residence.
At one point in my life I depended on friends to take me from my unhappiness; to give me direction and purpose. That’s a hell of a burden to lay on other humans who have their own trials and tribs, don’t you think?
I now have come to peace with myself and no longer rely on anyone else for my happiness. That’s why I cherish the friends I have now all the more. We share, we laugh, and – yes – they reach out when I’ve become a bit too reclusive. Most of the dearest friends I have I met right here at HubPages. I won’t name you, but you know who you are. I love you all and hope I bring you a tenth of the peace you bring to me.
How 'bout you?
Have you achieved inner peace?
Is it Possible to Achieve Peace in Today's Volatile Society?
Yes, I believe it is. It starts with you and me. It resonates from within. Pay it forward and perhaps one day, all humans will find inner peace that envelopes the rest of the world.
What do you think? Can we achieve peace in today’s society? Have you found yours? Share how and where you find peace in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.
Shauna L Bowling
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