Saturday, 9 August 2008


The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed during war.” --Chinese proverb

Do you think peace is possible? I’m not just talking on a world scale. I am very sceptical that will ever happen anyway. Why? Because there are too many people who think their race, colour, religion and beliefs are better then anyone else’s. I personally don’t care if you are black, white or brindle, who you love or who you worship. You do your thing and I’ll do mine. However cross the line and attack me and mine and I’m not peaceful. But I think most people are like that. When you look at that on a world scale – with so many personalities - then that’s why I am dubious about world peace.

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.” –John Lennon

So, what is peace to you? To me, it’s being free to do as you want without interference by nitwits - because let’s face it, if you are allowed to do your own thing you are happy and generally calm. Peace is being able to come home, shut the door and soak in the quiet of your real life. In my eyes, work is not real life. It is a means to an end. Peace is turning off your email to concentrate on what you are writing. Peace is having a laugh with an old friend because you know each other and you have stopped thinking about trying to change the other years ago. Peace is sitting on my back stairs and having lunch – yes how glamorous – and looking at the trees and the garden and seeing lizards scoot across the grass. Peace is about kicking back and reading a good book. Peace is about walking away from those who annoy the crap out of you – I’m still working on that one.

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it” --unknown

Peace comes through many forms…

UpheavalLast Man Standing by Janet Davies

In the year 2008, two months after of the birth of the son of the scarred warrior, when evil has been thwarted and much blood is shed, the lands of Carronas and Melotia will unite as one. They will become one nation under one name, with one aim—peace.

After great personal upheaval, the brother warriors will lead the way to prosperity and harmony between all. Their children will carry on their legacy. The scarred warrior will never again doubt his way or question his destiny for there is no way it can be stopped. Pain and hatred will be the catalyst for greatness.

His woman will know no peace and there will be nowhere to hide.

The Prophecy of Llewellyn, Seer and Councilor, the Melotian Chronicles 1912

Reality….Kama Sutra Lovers by Anny Cook

Rubbing his forehead, the Chairman muttered, “I thought we left terrorism behind on Earth.”

“Terrorism is a by-product of humans. As long as we have humans around, there will eventually be terrorism, murder, war, violence, or some other type of mayhem. We’re not a very peaceful species,” Lee pointed out. “If we were, I wouldn’t have a job.”

War….Beltaine Bargain by Cindy Spencer Pape

He sighed. He was exhausted. They’d risen well before dawn to be on their way, Huw, in a rush to show off his new spurs to his family, and Rhodri who just ached to be home and at peace. Without the robbers, they would have been in Wales in a day or two, then home to Llyan in just a couple more. Who knew, now, how long it would be before Rhodri felt the comfort of his own castle walls?

Soul….Tempting Tess by Regina Carlysle

Everything she’d done for the past twenty-five years had been careful. Precise. She’d been everything to everyone. Nurturer, lover, supermom. Now it was just her and at forty-five it was time to ponder the great question of her personal universe.

What more was left?

Renting this rustic cabin in the mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico, was a starting point for what Tess Garrity considered the beginning of her new life. She leaned against the window frame and stared out at nature laid out in all its glory.

UnderstandingMy Last Dark Day by Barbara Huffert

“Just wanted to prove that I am more than capable of keeping you coming hard for as long as it takes you add someone to your life who understands like we do and knows how to take care of you.” He cupped my cheek gently. “Got it?” I nodded, fighting back my tears. “Aw honey.” He kissed me lightly. “No reason to cry. Not anymore. You’re ours now and all you have to do is remember to come here to us, okay?”

“I will,” I promised without hesitation, stating the truth as it would be for many no-longer-dark days to come.

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barbara huffert said...

Love the quote about peace being the ability to cope with conflict. How true that is. I'll never understand why we can't learn to celebrate our differences. It's what makes things interesting. A world full of cookie cutter people would be God-awful boring.

Regina Carlysle said...

Wouldn't it though, Barb? I agree. I also believe attaining and keeping PEACE is harder work than making WAR, in it's many incarnations.

Anny Cook said...

Excellent post--particularly appropriate now.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Well put. And Anny, "terrorism is a byproduct of humanity..." How horribly, sadly, true.

Ashley Ladd said...

I wish we could achieve and maintain peace. Unfortunately, we can't even achieve that in our department at the day job between us eleven women. Forget the donors or the rest of the company. Somebody's also griping at or about somebody else. It's a nice thought, though.