Peace, ultimately, is what I’m seeking, but today, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, I woke up thinking about his idea of “negative peace.”
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.”
|This view from our back yard gives Zoe and me a tremendous amount of peace; sometimes, though, it's not so tranquil. When big ice chunks break, the water moves fast, with great force.|