What really is peace?

I’ve been wishing my loved ones “Happy New Year”, left and right. With that goes along wishes for peace and prosperity. I got to thinking about peace this morning, and I had to ask myself, what really is peace?

The word “peace” has a lot of different meanings and uses, as described here by what I found at Dictionary.com:

peace[pees] Show IPA noun, interjection, verb, peaced, peac·ing.

Origin: 1125–75; Middle English pes  < Old French,  variant of pais  < Latin pax  (stem pāc- ); akin to pact


1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
2. (often initial capital letter ) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace
    of Ryswick.
3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
6. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
7. a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.
8. a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
9. silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon’s peace.
10.(initial capital letter, italics) a comedy (421 b.c.) by Aristophanes.

11.(used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).

verb (used without object)
12.Obsolete . to be or become silent.
13.at peace,

     a. in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.
     b. untroubled; tranquil; content.
     c. deceased.
14. hold / keep one’s peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
15. keep the peace, to maintain order; cause to refrain from creating a disturbance: Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
16. make one’s peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
17. make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
Now let’s talk about the images that come to mind when we talk of peace. The first one that comes to mind is the dove. Then there is the universal symbol of peace, which is a personal favorite of mine. Then there is the hand sign of two fingers pointed upward in a “v” formation, which also means victory.
When I think if peaceful pictures, my mind always turns toward landscapes…nice quiet pastoral scenes with lots of sunlight, space and a   blue sky dotted with fluffy clouds.
No matter what your perception of peace, my New Years wish for you all is that you are enveloped by peace in all that you do, and that you find prosperity and happiness wherever you go. May you never hunger, may you never thirst, and may you always be surrounded by friends.  Blessed be, and Happy 2012!

About Sparrow
I am a 49 years young and the mother of two amazing young men, who've grown up and left me an Empty-Nester. I write about what's going on in my little corner of the High Plains, or what happens to be crawling across my brain on a given day. Thank you so much for stopping by. Make yourself at home...through the magic of the internet, the coffee's always free and the doughnuts are fresh!

2 Responses to What really is peace?

  1. Hel'wyse says:

    there is a small story…once upon a time a king ordered a contest…who could bring him an example of peace?…one brought a new mother holding her child, one brought a man praying and one brought a painting of a terrible storm raging around a cliff and a waterfall…devastingly beautiful and dangerous. The king was puzzled and looked at the artist and said “Peace?” the artist replied…”look closely sire, especially to the right on a branch held up by the cliff directly under the waterfall” and as the king did, it showed a little nest, with a mother bird sheltering 3 little babies to her breast under her wing with her beak tucked close down into her family, and all were asleep…sweetly and peacefully.
    it is true, you know, when all falls down around us, when hell breaks loose, when we feel it cannot get worse, if we look into our heart and see what is the most important to us and what is with us and within us…there reigns peace.
    The artist was made Court Artist.

  2. Sparrow says:

    I love your stories, Hel’wyse!

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