My sister, Robin, has loved using a walker for several years. Her walker has given her peace in several ways:
- Freedom from falls
- Increased mobility
- Not having to carry anything that can be suspended from the walker or placed in attached basket or bag.
Lately Robin complained that her walker wasn’t working right. She said it wouldn’t go straight. I noticed her path constantly veered some 15° northeast. Curbs, walls, other residents might be grazed by Robin’s walker as she passed them by. Robin would lift the walker, set it straight, and forge on. She blamed it on the walker’s wheels. We switched walkers; same problem. And with a third.
I blamed it on Robin’s equilibrium. Seemed to me she’d had that 15° tack for years.
Then at the latest Care Meeting, Jameson, Robin’s fave Nursing Assistant, told me he’d put new tennis balls on her walker. “Now, Robin is thrilled that it moves where she wants it to move. Those tennis balls have given her lots of peace. Us, too.”
I call it her Peace Walker.
How often our reliance on things gives us peace. Occasionally something shifts and the reliance goes away. So does the peace.
When we repair the shift, the peace returns. We can walk that peace again. Robin’s focuses now only on how straight her walker takes her.
you grant us each our own Peace Walker.
You give us faith that we can find our path,
mark our way, and move on
without fear or stumble or burden.
And if our walking veers
to one side or the other
you give us resource
that puts us back on track.
Tennis balls. Trail guide.
Small voice within our Being.
Infinite ways you let us know how we command
our own Peace Walk.
And so it is. And so with gratitude we say
Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.
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Growth may not always be easy. It’s change. It’s stretch. It’s being/becoming different from what we were.
But I don’t think it’s a contradiction to say, “Growth is peace.”
That African violet plant sits on the table in our kitchen. We don’t dine at that table; the cats readily jump on and off. For a time, the cats dined at that table — on the African violets missing from the picture.
We haven’t seen flowers there since February. But I tenderly water the plant weekly. Recently I noticed the lighter green, fresh leaves sprouting from its center.
At once, I thought how peaceful that the African violet put forth new growth. At once, the plant was a center-of-the-table-never-mind-the-cats symbol of doing what we are meant to do.
Steadfast. Going about a commitment — whether assigned or assumed — with steadfast persistence has to be peaceful. That’s the only way to make it work, without making it “work”.
I’m thinking the African violet is demonstrating that steadfast peace, not laboring under the “I must do this” insistence. Just doing. Very probably enjoying.
We grow with joy
that we become more conscious
of the beauty of Being.
We grow with energy
that we fulfill our place and time
by being all we want to be.
We grow with love
that we embrace the boundless opportunities
to sense and say and share
our gratitude that we are ever becoming.
All this is that we grow with Peace,
we grow in Peace,
we grow as Peace.
And we say thank you, GOD.
And so it is. Amen. Amen.
Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.
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To be a child is to know peace. The peace a child knows is the True Reality. Child Peace. That is why its absence — hunger, alone-ness, wetness — causes immediate (and loud) expression. That is why once peace returns, the child is back in bliss.
In Leaves of Grass (103), Walt Whitman offered
“There was a child went forth every day;
and the first object he look’d upon, that object he became;
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years…...
The early lilacs…...
And grass, and white and red morning glories..and the song of the phoebe-bird…and the mare’s foal…and the cow’s calf……
Winter-grain sprouts, and those of the light-yellow corn……
And the apple-trees cover’d with blossoms……
And the friendly boys that pass’d–and the quarrelsome boys……
And all the changes of city and country, wherever he went…….
These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.”
And Jesus the Christ said we should “be as a little child”. We were not told to be a child or childish, rather to enjoy and appreciate, even to re-experience, a child’s innocence and gentleness. That is Peace. Child Peace.
Larry Dossey, M.D., says “Children are icons of innocence….They remind us of what we once were and what we may realize once again.”
Remember. Reflect. Feel. Enjoy. Become as a child. Let go the tumult that we each create to test ourselves and prove ourselves adults. For a moment become as a child. Know Child Peace.
Remove your shoes. Watch the clouds. Sing a nursery rhyme. Play a game, even if imaginary. Become a child.
Not just a Child of GOD
I may be too a child at heart;
I may feel as a child the openness
to all there is:
nature and knowledge and success,
giving and patience,
and sunshine and starlight.
I may return these wonders and the excitement they give,
all wrapped up as the Peace
they let me once more know:
Peace of Order,
Peace of Perfection,
Peace of Oneness
Peace of Completeness, Wholeness,
And so it is. And so I AM Child of GOD.
Enjoy Peace. Express Peace.