If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. — Lao Tzu
I’m on constant edge these days.
Perhaps it’s because I just got back from eight days in “sunny” San Diego. Teri and Tom flew in from Milwaukee to visit Roan and me. We had a non-stop week:
- Temecula wineries,
- A southern harbor tour and lunch in Little Italy with cousin Renee and her new beau,
- Eating at Souplantation and Roberto’s and Denny’s,
- Shopping for flooring at Lowe’s with Teri’s help and musical instruments at Guitar Center and Alan’s Music Center with Tom’s help.
Perhaps it’s my onerous To Do List:
- Write this blog post;
- Go back to The Sun Works to get the leak discovered during a torrential downpour in El Cajon, an eastern suburb of San Diego, fixed;
- Go to Salvation Mountain to meet with Ron, a journeyman floorer, to talk vinyl planking;
- Dump and fill tanks;
- Work on my new business, Pegasus Speaks Designs;
- Learn a new-to-me autoharp;
- Practice songs for acoustic nights at California Ponderosa and the Oasis;
- Book flights for my cousin David’s mid-March wedding;
- Schedule a conference call with an editor to discuss my book;
- Find out what’s wrong with Roan’s nose…
Or perhaps it’s the uncertainty that permeates the atmosphere. The world reflects back a collective disquiet. Can you feel it? Mother Earth does; weather is odd all over.
Whatever the causes, I feel harried and hurried.
All I want — all most people want — is peace. But how do we find peace in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news a nanosecond after it happens, where talking heads scream at each other across studio tables, where up is down and down is up?
Peace begins in our hearts. If we can find peace through whatever means work for each of us — be they walking or reading or dancing or listening to Solfeggio frequencies or running or yoga or… we can pass the peace on. We can increase global peace one iota at a time until all the iotas add up to a tsunami, flooding the world in loving kindness.
Peace. Join the Evolution.