The Gift of Peace


Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances.

Peace is the absence of anger:

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace is the absence of envy:

“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.  He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”


Peace is an open heart and a willingness to be a positive influence for good:

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.  The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”

Carlos Santana

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

16 thoughts on “The Gift of Peace

  1. While greeting you read this and waiting for the new year , the desire of my heart receives welcome
    in joy. Let your life full of happiness and dreams and let you Happy New Year .


    1. Well said, indeed. I especially like “peace is not a static state.” We consider “peace” to be a noun, when it really is an action verb. Thank you so much for your visit!!!


  2. Peace is like smelling those beautiful flowers in your picture. We need to take a big deep breath and let its beauty and goodness enter us.

    And when the flowers wilt and die….then we need to get a fresh bunch and take a new sniff. lol


    1. Thank you!! I have just taken a deep breath of your wisdom and I am ready to begin my day. You are right – we need to embrace and let beauty and goodness enter us, rather than constructing some kind of barrier.


  3. Peace, dear Rebeca … and A HAPPY NEW YEAR ! I’m happy to meet you in this wonderful virtual place ! 🙂


    1. Thank you for your blessing. When I started blogging, I had no idea that I would be embraced by a vibrant and active community. I too, am very grateful that we met over the “blogger miles.” Your visits and comments are a gift.


  4. These are all great definitions, but how powerful it would be if we could all be an “instrument of peace”. Thanks Rebecca, have a wonderful New Year.


    1. Happy New Year!! Have enjoyed our dialogues in 2012 and looking forward to the blogging adventures waiting for us in 2013!! My bags are packed for the journey ahead…


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