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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-- Anais Nin


Wednesday, October 25, 2000


Peace is not something that happens to you, nor is it the absence of anything happening to you. Peace comes from who and what you are, and how you choose to be. The world around you can be full of turmoil and strife, and yet you can be at peace in your own heart.

Peace is one of the surest signs of strength. Those who lack confidence feel the need to lash out. Those who are strong have what it takes to stay calm. When your identity and fulfillment are tied to fleeting, superficial things it is impossible to remain at peace. When you invest your being in true and lasting values, and when you remain ever vigilant to those values, you develop the confidence and strength to be peaceful.

Peace cannot be forced on anyone, and true peace cannot be forcibly taken from anyone. Peace comes to those who are strong enough and wise enough to choose it, and with that peace comes an abundance of living which is otherwise impossible to know. Choose peace, and by the strength of your choice, help it to grow.

— Ralph Marston

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