What is Peace?
Long time ago, there was a king who offered a prize to an artist who could draw the best picture that represent peace. The reward is astonishing and many artists all across the kingdom and some from neighboring kingdom joined the contest. As the contest came to finish, the king carefully take a look at all the entries one by one, after examining all the entries, the king picked only two entries whom he likes most, but he only have to choose one between them.
The first masterpiece is a picture of a calm lake; it reflects perfectly the peaceful towering mountains all around it. And overhead is the clear blue sky with cotton white fluffy cumulus clouds. All the spectators that saw the picture thought that it was the perfect image that represents peace.
The second picture also have mountains, but it bare and rugged, on the background is the angry sky, which rain fell and lighting cast its fury on Earth. On the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. To many spectators, this picture shows no sign of peace at all.
But the king examines the picture closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in the crack of the rock. In the bush was a nest with a little mother bird nursing her newly hatches offspring. There, in midst of rush of cascading water, sat the mother bird with her newly hatch chicks – in perfect peace.
And which of the two pictures do you think wins the price? The king awarded the price to the second picture. Do you have any idea why?
The king explained, “Because peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”