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Finding peace in the midst of horror

Like so many others I listened with horror recently as a French prosecutor, his hand shaking at times, told the world how a young German pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 with 150 people aboard in the Swiss Alps.

The news was unbelievable, and yet in a way believable, such is the toxic climate of fear, rage and confusion sweeping our world.

As I was thinking about the terrible notion of a planeload of people plummeting to their death in a sickening descent I looked out of my study window and saw a bunny lying motionless on a grassy rise not twenty yards away.

There was lots of nice fresh grass all around him (or her) but the bunny wasn’t paying any attention to the grass. With his front paws tucked beneath him and his eyes partly closed, he was quite content to lie on the grass in perfect peace facing the rising sun.

As I communed for a few moments with this four-legged creature I thought to myself, not for the first time, what a paradox life is.

When we look at the world around us – perhaps even at our own lives—we see a world that is obviously in a state of tremendous flux. Huge changes are taking place. Events both terrifying and awe-inspiring are occurring in every moment.

And yet in the midst of all the change, violence and upheaval—kind of like the wild bunny taking a few minutes to relax in the morning sunshine – there exists within you and me that which nothing can disturb or destroy: the timeless peace of our own being; the timeless truth of our eternal spirit.

No matter what occurs or doesn’t occur in our lives let us seize the opportunity that is always present with us to remember the peace of the eternal in our own heart, and listen to its words of wisdom. “Love never faileth,” it has been said, and the words are true.

I’m sorry I haven’t written for a while. I’m still very busy getting my new book, The Upside of Cancer, launched and on its way.

I send you greetings and love. How are you doing? I’d love to hear from you.


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