Peace – what does it mean to you?
Meaning: freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.
Being on the opposite side of the world to where home is, especially at this time of the year, has made me reflective.
The days are short here with the sun rising at just after 8am and setting at 4pm. The short days have had an impact on us but we are slowly getting used to them. The sunsets have made me stop for a moment and appreciate the beauty around me.
I’ve been amazed at the sunrises we’ve witnessed from our cottage in rural Somerset and they’ve given me a peaceful start to the day.
Then there are tranquil views like this.
Peace can be found in lots of things and at the moment I can honestly say I’m at peace with my life and my approaching 59th birthday, meaning my last year in my 50s is coming up.
My husband took this shot of me as we walked around the Avalon marshes and I think it sums me up perfectly! There were puddles and I had my boots on, so why wouldn’t I jump in every puddle along the way? I’m planning to head into my last year of being in my 50s by jumping and splashing every way I can!
I’m lucky, I’m loved and I’m happy. I’m feeling the peace. I’m going to jump and splash my way through my last year of being in my 50s whenever I can!Tweet
It’s funny that Terri wrote about turning 60 and feeling peaceful for her Sunday Stills post, and it’s through connecting with bloggers like Terri that I am learning so much about what life can hold for us, if we just let it. No matter what our age!
But sadly not everyone is at peace, either due to political unrest, illness, family issues or just the day to day of life. Back home in Australia there are bushfires burning out of control all over the place, smoke is covering everything and that’s on top of some areas that are already in severe drought. It’s not even the height of summer yet and already it’s an awful situation. I feel for everyone suffering. They are not feeling the peace at all!
Finally feeling at peace with a forced redundancy
Three years ago, at this time of the year, I was facing my redundancy head on, (we were officially finished up on 23 December) and I most definitely wasn’t at peace.
Things have changed and in some ways I am now grateful for the redundancy and what it has meant for my family. Back then, I never thought I would ever say those words!!
I have been able to be with my parents more as my father slowly passed away. I was able to be with my mother, and then my mother-in-law as my father-in-law suddenly passed away. It meant I was able to be with my daughter as she gave birth to my first grandchild and needed help afterwards, and then I have been able to fly across the world to be with my eldest daughter as she gave birth to Dottie very early at 25 weeks. It also means I can go north to be with my youngest daughter when she is due to give birth next year.
I am no longer constrained by work, filing leave applications, sorting out who will cover my job, always feeling guilty for not being able to do what had to be done.
I am now able to make time for the things that matter, travelling with the Mathematician to experience new places and revel in the freedom an, yes the peace, that this time has brought me.
We visited Wells Cathedral last week and a school Christmas Carol service was about to start. Despite not being very religious, we took a seat and we were instantly blown away at the sound of the young voices of the school choir soaring throughout the historic building. It was goosebumpy and a peace settled over me for a few minutes, until we rejoined the world outside where people were begging on the streets.
What does peace mean to you?
I’m sharing my thoughts on peace this week as it’s the theme for Terri’s Sunday Stills and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know by leaving a comment if you’d like to.
Wishing you a peaceful week ahead. It’s not an easy time with bushfires in Australia and political issues like the UK election coming up, but we all deserve to have some moments of peace in the day. Take it when you can.
This advice from the Dalai Lama is particularly apt at the moment:
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