Today as we observe The International Day of Peace (“World Peace Day”) we wish to share a short story (Writer: Anonymous) underlining the true meaning of Peace. We liked the story because it conveys a beautiful message and we felt like sharing it here.
Hope you will like it too.
There once lived a king who announced a prize for the artist who would paint the best painting depicting peace. Many great painters submitted several of their best art pieces to the king. One of the paintings among the various masterpieces was of a calm lake perfectly mirroring peacefully towering snow-capped mountains. Overheard was a clear blue sky with fluffy clouds. It looked like a perfect painting. Most of the onlookers found it the best among all.
But when the king announced the results, everyone was shocked. The painting that won the prize had mountains too, but it was rugged and bare. The sky in it appeared angry and there was lightning too. The painting wasn’t peaceful at all. It looked like the artist had mistakenly submitted his work. But when observed carefully, the painting had a tiny bush growing in the cracks between the rocks. In the bush, a mother bird had fabricated her nest. Amidst the rush of stormy weather, the bird sat on her nest Peacefully.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise and trouble. It means to stay calm amidst the chaos. The true essence of peace is the state of mind and not the state of our surroundings. The mother bird remained tranquil in the adverse circumstances and thus the painting became a perfect illustration of Peace.
There is chaos and a lot is going on in the world outside. We believe that our role is to stay calm and to be resilient in the face of adversities.
Remember that Peace begins with you. If there is peace within, there will be peace outside and around.
Let’s celebrate the day by spreading kindness, compassion, and hope in the face of the pandemic.
Let’s shape peace together!
Do share your thoughts.