Wednesdays with Buena: Peace Be With You!

Photo of Shem-shem Pablo

By Buenaflor Laoang

First, I’d like to thank everyone who have stopped by Barefoot the past week and gave their linky love- THANK YOU! Feel free to hop in there any time- and you may start with this one, my lessons learned from last week’s challenge.

Okay- here’s what I have for all of us this week. One thing true to anyone of us is that, we all are busy!  Wherever we are, whatever circumstance we are in- we are busy with our routines, or with a new project, maybe planning our lives, or thinking what we’ve yet missed! We are into our own hectic worlds daily, and quite often, we almost can’t imagine the noise of everything going around. And there are also those like me, who’ve been or who are right now in a state when what you just wish is to be locked in a room by yourself, but then, even the deafening silence can be intolerable!

When we become so affected with all the “chaos” in our outside world, or even when by being alone we still feel so disturbed, then maybe we have to reflect- are we storing enough “inner peace” in our heart, to keep us going with the happiness and grace in our every day bustles?

To me, to invite peace, or calmness and serenity to our being is a very personal weapon we all have to take. Whenever I’m forgetting to have inner peace, it’s like I’m going to a war daily; and at the end of the day, losing the battle. But if we have peace inside, no matter what goes on around us, we are not connected to the distractions, but to our very self. And we know just how to respond! We emerge beautifully from all the chaos, keeping with our personal purposes in life, and still able to emanate that smile on our face.

This week, I’m inviting you to a personal challenge, that- PEACE be with you!  I’d been one who’s quick to anger, instantly reacts, rebellious in many ways (and sometimes I still go back to that old self). But after taking a much gentler talk to myself, I figured out that all the tough things aren’t excuse to giving me a hard time. All the chaos going around is in the road of life, and your inner peace will lead you to the most meaningful journey you can ever have.

Peace be with you! That’s a prayerful blessing to keep you through the week, a gentle reminder to persuade you to keep the inner peace in your heart (no matter your life storm), and an angel’s heavenly whisper you can think about doing for, or giving to someone, for the rest of the week.

I am reminded of that poem “Desiderata”, written by Max Ehrmann, which has the following lines. Maybe- you can start with this challenge by pausing a while and having the words sink in…

Therefore be at peace with God, 
whatever you conceive Him to be. 
And whatever your labors and aspirations, 
in the noisy confusion of life, 
keep peace in your soul. 

and may these lines from the book of Psalms encourage you to seek peace:

Whoever of you loves life

And desires to see many good days, 
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies;

Turn from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.

Peace be with you!