What is peace? www.dictionary.com defines peace as “freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.” or “a state of tranquillity or serenity”. To me peace is a feeling of complete contentment with the world and myself. Peace is a fleeting thing for me. I often find myself to tied up in the distractions of the day-to-day grind of life. There are a couple of ways that I carve out situations that bring peacefulness into my life. One is by removing myself from my daily activities and going out into nature. I have often told my friends and family that I feel the happiest, most carefree, and at peace with myself when I am in the great outdoors. The second way I find peace is by attending church. I too often allow myself to be distracted by duties and chores to make it to church on Sunday morning. This is a fact that I realize and need to work towards breaking. The truth came to me at a recent church service at the park, listening to my Pastor give the benediction, I felt renewed, refreshed and simply at peace.
My most recent adventure with my hubby Mike, and two daughters Zoie and Lexie was to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is an absolutely beautiful park, with snow still on the mountains in the middle of August. While we were there camping we took many hikes throughout the park. By far the longest and most strenuous hike was up to the top of Lassen Peak. It was 5 miles long round trip, with an elevation climb of 2,000 feet. We were about 2/3 of the way to the top of the volcano when we stopped to take a break on some rocks. I was sitting on a good-sized chunk of rock, breathing heavily, sipping some water from our camelbak and looking out at the view in front of us.
There were three crows that were flying together past the trail, swooping, cawing and cavorting with each other. They kept circling back around and passing us again. As I sat there, exhausted from the trek up the hill, listening to my girls beg for food, looking at the gorgeous Lake Helen in the distance, a profound feeling of peace came over me. There was nowhere else, with no one else that I would rather be than sitting on the side of that mountain with the love of my life, our beautiful daughters and the rambunctious crows circling our route. It pained me to get up after a few minutes to continue our climb to the top as my mind was the happiest and calmest that it had been in over a month.