By: R.Hundoo.

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the 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 the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize?

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 still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”


Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Shammi
    January 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Very sensible and a lesson for all of us

  2. Bijal
    January 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Very true…we can be in a very peaceful place but if our heart doesn’t feel the peace, it means nothing.

  3. Amisha
    January 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

    True there is no place that can give you peace but you can get peace from positive approaches and satisfaction.

  4. January 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    @ Shammi, Bijal & Amisha – Very true, the peace comes when we feel that our loved ones are protected and we are with them in all situation presented in front of us, thank you for coming 🙂

  5. pinky
    January 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

    very true dear….

  6. January 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

    @ Pinky – Thank you 🙂

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