Hello Friday - Calm in Chaos

Happy weekend! With October solidly in the rear view, we are entering into one of the most hectic times of year: the holiday season. We begin to make plans for dinners, parties, shopping trips and still try to carve out time for completing our day to day tasks, as well as ensure we take time for self-care. In preparation for this very busy time, I thought I would share a story that may help you think about how you can find peace in the hectic times of November and December:

A picture of peace

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 were 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 lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, 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.' (Author Unknown)

I hope this story helps put the busy holiday season into perspective and allows you to think of what brings you calm during, what can seem like, chaos. I hope you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season, but still take time to find the calm within your own heart.

Have a great weekend. Take care.

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