What is Peace?
The peace we are talking about is obviously more than the absence of war. It is not a retreat into the wilderness to avoid the complexities and conundrums of daily living.
The peace we are talking about is a function of our deep inner life. It’s joyful living. It’s found in the midst of life, not in retreat from it.
For most people peace and happiness come from such things as:
- money in the bank
- recognition and fame
- a new house, a fancy car, or other material possessions
- superior social status
In such case, the focus is on becoming faster and better at getting more of these things. But what’s the result? Is it peace? Is it built on things that will last?
Take a moment and think about your own life. What does “peace” mean to you? Where does it come from? Are you satisfied with the amount and quality of peace in your life?
Take a moment NOW and really ponder over above questions before you read the rest of the message.
Another view about Peace…
Peace is essentially a function of putting first things first. Foundational to “first things” are the four needs and capacities– to live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy.
Putting first things first is a function of using our four endowments — self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination — to fulfill our needs and capacities in a principle-centered way.
When we integrate the above processes and paradigms in our lives, we find a different kind of peace:
✓ peace in our ability to live, love, learn, and leave a legacy with balance and joy.
✓ peace in the development of our human endowments that empower us with character and competence in the moment of choice.
✓ peace as our roles cooperate rather than compete, as they become parts of a synergistic, living whole.
✓ the transcendent peace of learning to listen to and live by conscience.