There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.
Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?
“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.
That is the real meaning of peace.”
How often do we catch ourselves or our near and dear ones saying that “we need travel to find peace”. “We need a break”. Unable to comprehend that peace lies within. It takes years of devotion and working consistently on our personal growth and transformation to realize that there can be “Calmness in Chaos”. Yes, in the middle of your everyday chaos you can still experience the calmness within. It is possible only when you build that calmness, day after day, everyday. We are all work in progress, till rest in peace.
By Radhika Rai
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