Sept. 3, 2013
At the moment, most of us are thinking about peace and how much we desire it. President Richard Nixon said that “peace is greater than the absence of war”; Jesus, the Master Teacher, said that “peace passes all understanding”. In other words, we humans haven’t the faintest idea what peace is which is why peace conferences continually fail.
However, these gatherings have tremendous value: each brings us a tad closer to knowing peace.
I wonder if we would understand peace more if we stopped wanting life to be easy. Life isn’t easy. Many of us have learned to shun those who try to convince us that doing such and such will bring us ease. Most of us realize that to win anything requires a struggle and, sometimes, we have to do more than struggle: we have to fight.
I wonder if we would know peace if we would admit that fighting is part of our experience instead of denying that it is. I wonder what would happen if we acknowledged that to reach a goal, struggle was going to happen, and perhaps a fight or two, also. I wonder if admitting and accepting struggle and fighting as part of what we do as humans would clear enough space for peace to enter and, perhaps, stay long enough for us to recognize, define and accept it.
As of today, I stop condemning my Self when I struggle; I stop thinking I’ve done something wrong when I have to fight for what I want; I remember the butterfly that struggles to leave it’s cocoon and then fights to dry its wings. I recall that once it gains freedom, it flies with grace and ease.
I speak my word aloud that I struggle and fight with honor for that which is right and true.