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1 Real Meaning of Peace on Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:14 pm

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The Real Meaning 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 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

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