One of the things that eludes mothers more than anything is peace. We just don’t get quiet and tranquility. From taking a bath to using the restroom, mothers are never free from disturbance. I never knew I liked being still and quiet until I had children. It is true that when we lose something, we miss it more. Over the last 22 year of being a mother, I've learned that peace is not an emotion; it is a state of being or becoming.
One of the most important things to do for your sanity, for your wellness, is look inside and determine if you have turmoil or peace. Do you have worry or do you have confidence about the future. Inner peace may see so far away, but we can always work a little each day to develop and find peace in our hearts and minds. All we have to remember is that others cannot give us peace. It doesn’t come from our spouse or co-workers, and although we can teach our children to respect our time alone, that does not always bring peace.
Peace is sought after daily. It is a process of searching and becoming. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” However, this is not something that is taught in school, although it should be.
How do we work at it? How can we find it? How can we live in this state of being. I learned a few things through the turmoil of my chronic illness.
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” —Norman Vincent Peale
I am centered and enfolded in Your love, dear God, and nothing can disturb the peace of my soul.
I feel Your peace in the beauty of a summer night as the soft glow of the moon, the twinkle of the stars, and the gentleness of the breeze combine to bring tranquility to the end of a busy day.
My Journey from death's door to the miracle of life.
Annie Dragoo is a wife, mother, actor, singer, dancer, educator, and holistic health practitioner who lives in Austin, Texas.