Holiday Season is over, and although at the moment, I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it is, my heart is full of joy. I thought that this day would make me sad, remembering all the people in my life that are no longer here to celebrate with me. Instead, as I catalog my thoughts, I’ve redefined peace once again and wanted to share. I hope that by doing so, you, too. Reflect on what peace feels like to you.
At this moment, peace feels like children laughing. My sons are out of school, and normally that would be enough to drive me bananas, but not today. They have done a tremendous job staying in their respective spaces since my eldest son was confirmed positive for Covid19. (Thankfully, he’s asymptomatic.) They’ve been chatting it up about silly big brother/little brother things, one from upstairs and the other downstairs. To hear them sharing laughter is indeed a gift.
Peace feels like the quietness of breathing. The evening was full of bangs and booms as my neighbors included fireworks in their celebration. And while my fur-baby, Shadow, could not appreciate the noise, I am positive that the extra treats and attention didn’t bother her one bit. Now, as the boys and my husband are asleep, to hear them inhale and exhale without issue sounds amazing.
Peace also feels like the briskness of fresh air in the fall. We have spent the majority of this year in our home. And because we were uncertain of the virus being airborne, we never considered opening the window. In part because of the gulf’s humidity and partly because the boys are allergic to grass and trees. However, the temperature dropped below 50, and the cool, dry air is exactly what we needed.
Peace feels like hot lemon ginger tea with honey. You know that feeling you get when you first savor the warmth of the aroma teasing your taste buds? It causes you to slow down and anticipate that first sip. You taste each flavor and appreciate the collective and the individual contributions of the ingredients. You notice the warmth of the tea as it passes down your throat and into your belly!
Peace feels like fuzzy socks’ softness after a salt scrubbed pedicure with an extended hot stone massage. It’s such a pleasure to wiggle your pampered toes in those socks that are protecting your feet from losing the moisture infusion from the water, body butter, and oil.
Finally, peace feels like the coolness of your favorite pillow. It allows you to rest comfortably through the night. It provides the support you need to complete a joyful mission in your dreams and causes you to wake refreshed and ready to face the day!
On this night, I wish you peace that surpasses all understanding in all of your endeavors and continued goodwill. I wish for you all of these peaceful feelings.
Now, get you some peace!