Finding Peace – Tranquil Thursday #2

A black and white photo of a solitary boat on a lake

Today we will be flying back to North Carolina after a week with our family. It has been a full and busy and glorious visit! Yesterday we had breakfast with a friend we have not seen for a while, then spent the remainder of the day driving around looking at houses we had once called home and recalling memories.

We move on in life. Things change, people come and go, but we still have people and places that serve as touchstones to our past and to the inner core of who we are.

It made me think about finding peace in this life, so I offer these questions. I would love to see your responses. Make a post and link back here or leave your thoughts in a comment below.

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  1. How do you define peace on a personal level?
  2. What does findng peace mean to you?
  3. What environment (the ocean, the mountains, the desert, etc) brings you peace?
  4. Is there a person whose presence puts you at ease and gives you a feeling of peace?

To me, peace is a feeling of great tranquility. I feel at ease and my mind is not occupied with thoughts of how to fix or otherwise control a situation. It is almost a state of blissful acceptance where worries and concerns are put to rest.

I can be at peace in almost any environment where nature is in the forefront. I do believe the mountains of Appalachia are embedded in my DNA. When I have been away and the mountains come into view, it is as if my soul breathes a sign of relief.

When my father was still alive, just the sight of him made me feel at peace. His hugs were the best in the world. When I lost him, the thought I would never feel that feeling again was devastating. Then I discovered my son’s hugs felt very much the same to me. Hugging my children and my grandchildren definitely connects me to what is important. This shared love grounds me and reminds me of what I find most important in this life.

My husband is a quiet constant. He is easy going and has a way of defusing otherwise stressful situations. We click, each fulfilling a need or purpose in the other’s life. That feeling of completeness calms me and brings me peace.


24 thoughts on “Finding Peace – Tranquil Thursday #2”

  1. Just reading your lovely blog brought on a sense of peace, and the reminder that peace lies within, if only we will stop for a minute and seek it. Perhaps a test of peace is the ability to be peaceful amidst the maelstrom of life. 🙏😇

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  2. Beautiful thoughts. I think of peace as being comfortable with how I’m doing things, not attached to the end product. Being in the flow, I guess. And letting the flow, the moment, be enough.

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  3. I think I am at the most peace when I’m in nature, especially by a lake of the shore, and alone. That is when my thoughts are the most clear.
    I also feel great peace when all my entire family is under the same room, a primal huddled in the cave feeling!

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    1. There is something special about having everyone uNader the same roof. Our ancestors had it right, I think. We are spread so far these days. There is something healing and magical about the water’s edge.

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  4. I define peace as being able to live in the moment and take note of everything around me. Even if the current situation is chaotic on the surface, and regardless of the environment, having the power to being able to slow things down gives me peace. I really have to work at it however, and if for any reason I can’t find it my wife is level-headed and rarely gets out of sorts…so she serves as my “back-up” plan to achieve peace.

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    1. I am a huge advocate of living In the moment. Just breathing and taking in our surroundings can certainly be calming. It is wonderful when we have a partner who complements our personality and acts as a bit of a grounding force when needed.

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  5. My answers, Maggie.
    1) I define peace as ‘the absence of stress’. Unfortunately, life usually has different ideas.
    2) A better quality of the life for the years remaining to me.
    3) I like to be walking in the countryside and woodland, or sitting by the sea at the coast.
    4) Not a person as such, but my dog Ollie. He is as good as a person to me, and walking with him in the fresh air is wonderfully peaceful.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Being in nature certainly can be soothing, Pete. I know you share very special moments with Ollie just immersed in nature. Quality of life is a huge part of feeling at peace, isn’t it?

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  6. This is a terrific post, Maggie. Peace to me is the realization that all is done that can be done on any given problem. Finding peace is a form of liberation. Peace is a state of mind, so the environment doesn’t
    matter. Peace can come anywhere. I don’t believe others can give yu a feeling of peace. That has to come from within.

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    1. Wise words, John. So many people do. To understand that we must find peace within ourselves. The environment can be detrimental of course, but I like the idea of peace as a form of liberation.

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