PICTURE OF PEACE
There once was a King who offered a prize
to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. The King looked
at all the pictures, but there were only two he really
One picture was of a calm lake. The
lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it.
Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture
agreed that it was a perfect picture of
The other picture had mountains
too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was a dark, angry sky from which rain
fell and in which lightening flashed. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a
roaring waterfall. To most observers, this did not look peaceful at all. But
when the wise King looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush
growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.
There, in the midst of rushing water, sat the mother bird on her
Which picture do you think won the
The King chose the second
picture. Do you know why? "Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to
be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means
to be in the midst of all those things and everything still remains calm in your
heart. That is the real meaning of peace."