Thursday, October 16, 2014

Achieving Peace


Sometimes life's struggles seems overwhelming, even when they are not as tough as we think they are. At these times, it is wise to step back and reflect on the best way to restore balance. This is not an easy process nor a fix; it is one step. Just as we declutter our rooms, we must declutter our minds to keep balance and peace in sight. 

This week Holly Mueller, one of my Twitter friends and literacy colleague, has asked us to write about peace for the Spiritual Journey Thursday community. I thank Holly for bringing such a timely topic to the forefront of my life. 

It seems so long ago that I wrote about hope and was filled with Robbie Seay Band's Song of Hope but it was only one week ago. Could so much have happened in one short week that unraveled the golden thread of balance? Ahh, but this is the way of life! While in the midst of issues, it is difficult to step back and reflect on how to achieve balance and peace again. But, this is a necessary move as we walk forward on the road of life. 

So for two days I have pondered on the topic of achieving peace. I surmised that it is not a walk that I walk alone. I found a soothing song, Perfect Peace, by Laura Story with one line that popped out and resonated with me. "Though this life is hard, I will always give you perfect peace." My take away after listening to that song is that reflection, meditation, and the hand of the Divine lights the way when days seems murky. 

Needing a creative outlet to achieve peace and balance, I turned to writing and emaze for my offering this week. When life's moments seem overwhelming and your balance is off, let the song's words and the Divine Light guide your path for we do not have to bear the load of life alone. 

For the presentation and zeno poem please go here.

I have a special thank you this week to Michelle Barnes who featured J. Patrick Lewis, poet extraordinaire. He created the poetic form called the zeno, a 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8,4,2,1,4, 2,1,4,2,1 and a rhyme scheme of abcdefdghd. During October, Michelle will collect zenos at TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com for an end of the month celebration and a chance to win a copy of J. Patrick Lewis' new "best of" collection.

Here is a second look at my humble attempt at my first zeno.


Reflection on Achieving Peace