Take a ride on the ‘peace train’ Day Six 2


Day Six Peace train series

Peace, what is it?

So if Peace is not our personality, the absence of war, escaping to a quiet location or having certainty about all of our questions, then what can it be?

My experiences of peace are all too often linked to the absence of difficult or trying circumstances. 

At the individual level, when we feel pressured and anxious we might say to ourselves

‘I would have peace if…’

I were not so lonely,

if I could address my financial pressures,

if I were physically well,

if my family relationships were not in disarray,

if I was kinder, more generous, less self interested.

When these circumstances change, if they change, THEN I will have peace.

Can I say we might be waiting a long time! Circumstances come and go. If they dictate our internal condition then we are sure to chart a chaotic lifeline of peace.

Take time today to write about your own ‘if only’s’ and how you can use peace to let them go.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

2 thoughts on “Take a ride on the ‘peace train’ Day Six

  • Chris Willis

    Hi Kelly,
    How true….it was a pretty good day when I suddenly realised that I was at peace….even when stuff happens. Sure, I get miffed from time to time, but deep down, there’s peace. Thanks for the train ride

  • Kerry Wilcox

    I see my ‘if only’s’ as actual barriers to peace. I suppose we get in the cycle of ‘if only’ and we forget to rest and breath and trust. That leads to peace.. Thanks again for the questions to ponder.

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