Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Peace

Driving home from church, a thought came to me. If I find the peace within me, I can handle the chaos around me. As a mom, I'm always trying to keep the peace within my house. My mother used to tell us that all she ever wanted for birthdays or Mother's Day was peace. As a kid, I didn't understand what she meant. Now I found myself repeating my mom's wise request to my own kids. With a houseful of boisterous, energetic kids, I truly value all the riches of a peaceful day. But kids are not monks. Kids need to shake things up and share their energy. So I know that a quiet, serene home is not in the cards. That kind of home would not be my kind of place anyway. I love a lively home. Although, it would be great if I had less wrestling matches to break up during my day : )

With God's help, I will work on finding the peace within. Hopefully, this nurturing of a peaceful attitude will guide my actions and decisions as a mother. I know I'll have plenty of mommy ranting moments. Usually, one of my boys will have some bright idea about doing some impossible physical stunt. That's when crazy mommy will come out with the never ending lectures. My sometimes fiery Irish temper is a part of me that can't be extinguished overnight. Maybe I can bring a little more peace to my household each time I make a conscious effort to approach a situation with a peaceful perspective.

Probably easier said than done : ) It is worth a shot.

Wishing you peace in your life.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Yeah... let me know if you figure out how to get that peace thing. Although I will admit that I had some peace last night with the wee ones in bed and my husband sleeping and sick so it was just me and the cats for a few hours. Ahhhh!

Rowena said...

It's definitely an inside thing. I am working on this, too. It's very hard, but I think one of the keys is to accept life the way it is... even if it's crazy, even if you're yelling, or someone else is.

Of course, that's the real hard part. Accepting it.

Kim said...

I too am working on this. On a serious note I am studying A Course in Miracles which includes three sections. There is a daily practice section which includes 365 exercises. It is like nothing I've ever read before. It is profound and has impacted me deeply.
I'm enjoying reading your thoughts.

Sabrina said...

I've had three different people tell me recently that my home was PEACEFUL...what?! Four kids homeschooling in 1700 square feet? Beats me.

CDB said...

Such a good reminder for us all, I'm constantly working on this. Nice to know others are having the same struggle!

Teri said...

Great words today. Peace is a constant goal of mine. Even in the midst of total chaos, I think we are all able to step back and truly realize that there is some semblance of peace and comfort in our lives. Thanks for this thought.

Tiffany said...

I hope you find some of that peace. It is so hard to keep everyone peaceful with each other in a busy house. My youngest son said to me one time, "Mom, I know what I want when I grow up. Peace and quiet because that's what you always want." He cracked me up!

LuAnn said...

Peace - I feel as my children have gotten older there is much more peace in our home. I also find alot of peace in the church pew or communion rail.

Kelly said...

He is the only one that can give us peace amongst the chaos! good for you for recognizing that...as a mom we go, go, go and hardly have time to find that solitude and peace. good luck on your journey of peace!

Jenners said...

I do hope you find some peace but with 4 kids, that has got to be hard. I guess when you do find a little unexpected pocket of quietness, it is a brilliant gift. Wishing you peace and quiet!