The surface of life is in a state of constant dynamic flux, with good days and bad, victory and defeat. 

To maintain, as the ocean does, a deep inner calm, while the storms of misfortune, reverses, fears and worries lash at the surface of life, is to discover the secret of serenity.

Years ago, when Thomas Edison's factory burned down, he wasted no time bemoaning his fate. 

Immediately after the disaster the reporters found a calm, quiet man already at work on plans for a new building.

When Emerson's home was destroyed by fire and his precious books were being reduced to ashes, Louisa May Alcott came to console him. 

The great philosopher said... 

"Yes, yes, Louisa, they are all gone, let us enjoy the blaze now. Isn't it beautiful!"

Some people are ocean personalities. 

In their inner depths they are not defeated by what happens to them.

The towering waves of circumstances cannot reach you when you go deep within to seek the peace that passes all understanding. 

While the surface of life is in turmoil you can find an inner calmness to see you through.

The most common use of the word peace is as the opposite of war.

This is understandable and unfortunate. 

Peace is not just the opposite of violence or turmoil and has a whole register of meanings all its own.

The peace of a quiet landscape nurtures us...  a calm moment to ourselves renews our energies... interior peace energizes you... exterior peace gives you direction.

A gentle sun, a calm ocean, the loving smile of a friend-all of these give us peace... you are sustained in a sweet aerie of calm.

The opposite of peace is war, and so are agitation, anxiety, and violence. 

Almost  all people desire peace... however few desire the things which make for peace.

Remember you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

May You Enjoy A Beautiful And Prosperous Day.

Ange Fonce