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Peace: Is it Possible to Achieve Peace in Today's Volatile Society?

Shauna believes that peace begins within each of us. Only then can we work towards peace in the world.

My 9th grade (1971) jeans had a peace symbol on the snap

My 9th grade (1971) jeans had a peace symbol on the snap

Introduction

Maria, aka marcoujor graciously passed the baton to me in her Project Good Words Musical Challenge. Her series is inspired by Jo_Goldsmith11’s Light2Love Project Good Words. I’m honored to have been chosen to help spread the love throughout our beloved HubPages community and beyond.

Everywhere you look you’re confronted with volatility. You get honked at on the road for driving too slowly. You stop at a red light and hear the couple in front of you arguing or a mother screaming at her kids. Road rage is in the news daily. So are abuse, animal cruelty, crime, and war. Not to mention poisoned food, global warming, political secrets, and general doom and gloom.

It’s enough to make you want to command the world to stop spinning so you can get off.

But how realistic is that?

We’re here on Earth so we might as well make the best of our time here. And it’s up to each and every one of us to achieve peace in today’s volatile society.

It all starts with a positive attitude. Do you dwell on the negative or do you look for and see the beauty in life?

Peace cannot be achieved globally – if ever – until each individual on this planet finds inner peace. Inner peace glows and attracts others who have found peace within. Just as hate and destruction mushrooms, so can peace.

War has never made sense to me as a means of achieving peace. How do violence, death, and destruction beget peace? They are polar opposites.

Call me an idealist – it’s okay – I do, but I think the only way to achieve peace is to reduce or eliminate the volatile nature of society. And that can only happen one person at a time.

This one person will share how and where I find those peaceful easy feelings. (Yes, I borrowed from The Eagles, but the phrase is perfectly befitting of my message.)

Family

I’m fortunate to have a loving family. My parents gave me a good education, a strong upbringing (which I often rebelled against), and are forgiving, loving, and supportive. Without my parents I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. They gave me a good foundation on which to grow, which I’ve passed on to my son.

I find peace in having a brother and sister, both of whom I adore. They’re beautiful, talented people. They make me laugh and we laugh together. I find great peace in a good old belly laugh that makes my cheeks hurt. I always feel good when I’m with my family even if it’s only on the phone.

I find peace in knowing I’ve passed on what I’ve learned (and then some) to my son. I’m comforted knowing I did my best in raising my son. I’m at peace when we laugh and act silly together. It’s extremely gratifying to have such a comfortable relationship with my only child.

I hope you enjoy the very first video I ever made when my son and I took a nature walk at the Environmental Center in Longwood, Florida on Mothers Day 2014 after having a nice breakfast out.

Nature

Until I became a full time writer, keeping me indoors was like putting a cat in a cage. Even still, I’m outdoors feeling the sun energize my body and nature feeding my soul whenever I can. All of my breaks are taken outside.

I start each day sitting on my front porch at my little bistro table having coffee and listening to the birds greet the day with their sweet songs. I watch the sun sprinkle the dew-laden grass with sparkles of diamonds on each blade.

When I set aside a day for pleasure reading, I do it out back watching the butterflies flitter gracefully from flower to flower. I listen to the woodpeckers pounding out their daily meals, the red-shouldered hawks calling out to each other. The cardinals with their petite chirps, and even the slithering black snakes weaving their way through the foliage all bring me peace. The lizards that share my reading spot look at me quizzically from time to time and I find myself talking to them. Living in a setting resplendent with wildlife brings me peace.

Those of you who know me well know that several of the wooded lots in my neighborhood have been torn down to make room for more housing. This has me in a state of stress and sadness for the wildlife that is being run off as the result.

I’d like to share a short video I made the other night. It was about 7:30 in the evening and I was standing out on my walkway just as the sun was setting. Suddenly, I saw some bats fluttering overhead. I was so tickled to see they hadn’t been run off by the construction that I had to get my phone and capture the moment. It may be a tad difficult to see them, but you can hear the elation in my voice. I found great joy and peace in seeing nature’s mosquito patrol at work.

Shiloh (upper level) and Sheba (lower)

Shiloh (upper level) and Sheba (lower)

Axel in my office trash basket

Axel in my office trash basket

My Cats

It’s been documented that pets help increase our quality of life. Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers bring companion animals to visit the residents or patients on a regular basis. The nurturing effect pets have on us is incomparable. Pets give us unconditional love. Sad to say, humans could stand to learn a thing or two from our four-legged family members.

My cats are no exception. I have three: Axel, Sheba, and Shiloh. They’re my best buds. When I’m sick, they take turns lying by my side. If I have a case of the blues, they keep me company and usually end up bringing a much-needed smile to my face.

They each have their own personalities and quirks. Axel, my Flame Point Himalayan, can be as sweet as sweet can be. He can also be a bugger boy. Not to me, but to my girls. Check out the photo below. I was watching FoodNetwork TV and Sheba and Axel decided to nap on the couch to keep me company. Normally, Sheba would hiss at Axel if he got this close to her sleeping space – especially when that space is next to Mama. But, for some reason, she was okay with it. I thought it quite amusing that they were sleeping in the same position, although if you look closely, Sheba is literally sleeping with one eye open!

Sheba and Axel napping peacefully

Sheba and Axel napping peacefully

My ‘kids’ are a constant source of enjoyment and comfort. I think Sheba must have been a human in her previous life. She has a very expressive face and looks me dead in the eyes, always with a question behind the look. She’s a real sweetheart. Shiloh is the only one who hasn’t earned a middle name yet (after six years!) because she doesn’t do no-no’s. Not that I can catch her in, anyway. LOL

I can’t imagine life without my cats. As I said, they give me unconditional love and are always there for me. I’m at peace just knowing they’re in the house.

Music

Life without music is unimaginable to me. I have the radio on as I write this. I simply cannot work without it. Music comforts me. It inspires me and motivates me. It gets me hopping. It stirs up the creative juices and even helps me cry when I feel the need. Crying can be just as peace rendering as laughing. Crying is a release. Once the sad or hurtful emotions are allowed to flow out of the soul via tears, peace is felt in the form of relief.

I’d like to share with you one of my all time favorite songs. It was penned by a fellow idealist and I love his words. To this day, when I hear this song all conversation must cease. The message is potent and would lead to world peace if you can actually imagine the impact of having nothing to fight over and misdirect our lives.

I’m sure you found it as no surprise that John Lennon’s Imagine is one of my favorite songs. It’s become my philosophy over the years. Here’s one you may not be familiar with. It was written by an amazing man who is not only a phenomenal artist, in my opinion, but an outstanding humanitarian as well. He wishes peace for the world and is doing his part to bring it on. This awesome man’s name is Julian Lennon, first born son of John and only child of Cynthia Lennon.

Music is the universal language. No matter what language you speak, we can all hear the melody and move to the beat. We become universal allies when we dance and let the music into our souls.

Put away the guns and strike up the band!

Friends

Without friends I think we’d all be lost. Whether they are friends you share a cup of tea with or friends who email you, call you, send you little unexpected pick-me-ups in the mail, friends have a way of bringing peace to your soul when you’re not even aware turmoil had taken up residence.

At one point in my life I depended on friends to take me from my unhappiness; to give me direction and purpose. That’s a hell of a burden to lay on other humans who have their own trials and tribs, don’t you think?

I now have come to peace with myself and no longer rely on anyone else for my happiness. That’s why I cherish the friends I have now all the more. We share, we laugh, and – yes – they reach out when I’ve become a bit too reclusive. Most of the dearest friends I have I met right here at HubPages. I won’t name you, but you know who you are. I love you all and hope I bring you a tenth of the peace you bring to me.

How 'bout you?

Is it Possible to Achieve Peace in Today's Volatile Society?

Yes, I believe it is. It starts with you and me. It resonates from within. Pay it forward and perhaps one day, all humans will find inner peace that envelopes the rest of the world.

What do you think? Can we achieve peace in today’s society? Have you found yours? Share how and where you find peace in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.

Peace,

Bravewarrior


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 25, 2021:

Yes, we all could have peace if we really want it. It has to come from each one to make it work. I have music and my animal's dog people who bring much love and contentment to me. Being outside also for me brings joy and peace. It gives a sense of freedom from the rest of the stresses of life. I enjoyed reading your hub and it is a very relaxing hub.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 25, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for your insightful comment. I wrote this piece many moons ago, but the sentiment still stands. Our world has become so volatile in many ways. I don't think we'll ever see world peace, but at least I can create peace in my own life and in my mind.

Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 25, 2021:

Shauna

I loved all your pictures.

Those cats seem like quite a joy.

No doubt they help you find inner peace.

I do believe we could learn alot from our furry friends.

It's great you & your son have a good relationship. Sharing nature together & passing down your knowledge will be with him the rest of his life.

Families are important, though sometimes we don't all see eye to eye.

One has to do what is best for himself in the long run without being selfish...careful not to hurt anyone in the process.

Peace...inner peace ?

Most of the time I am personally at peace, but then again...I look at things so much differently than others.

Things are not in my control...I have to accept that fact & keep on living my life.

If everyone would find peace...would the world be at peace?

I'd hope so...but about that time something else would happen.

Like this virus...it should be pulling us together, but I fear it's actually tearing us further apart.

Great article & I was happy to take this walk through your thoughts.

Take care & keep that inner peace.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 25, 2021:

Misbah, thanks for reading this oldie goldie and pointing out the broken link. I'll look into it.

I appreciate your feedback and positive energy.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 24, 2021:

Wow! A well-balanced Hub with some very inspiring ideas. Peace, I believe, is always within. As Rumi said, "We are stars wrapped in skin, the light you are seeking has always been within.” It brings me so much peace when I help someone, when am the reason behind someones' smile, when I help poor people, when I feed my neighbor's cat, etc. There are so many reasons to achieve it. Still, I don't know why it's so lost. I would feel so peaceful when a few people will read your hub in their feed after my comment and it will be moved to discover. ;) One video link is broken, I guess. Take care and keep smiling.

Blessings and Love to you!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 17, 2016:

Wow! five!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 17, 2016:

You're so right, Nadine. And my family of kitties has grown to five!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 17, 2016:

Love reading about you and your life with your two lovely kitties and yes music, pets and our family is what keeps most of us peaceful due to our gratitude for what we have during our human experience.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 18, 2015:

Yes, Linda, there are bats in Longwood and I love them! They're good for keeping down the mosquito population. However, I think the mosquitoes outnumber the bats. Bummer.

No, peace isn't always possible. Turmoil and outside influences are sometimes hell-bent to disrupt what we try to build for ourselves.

It's nice to see you here. I'm rooting for you. I hope you get that writing gig!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 18, 2015:

There are bats in Longwood? Oh my! Florida is a haven for surprises, some good and some not so good. I try to only surround myself with peace, but as we know that is not always possible! So, we work around it. I appreciate your peaceful hub and your video and photos too! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 18, 2015:

Stella, '60s kids are all about peace, aren't they? Maybe one day we'll actually see it. You have peace in your life and that's the only place to start. If everyone could find that inner peace, it would spread like wild fire.

Thanx for the visit!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on August 17, 2015:

Hi I agree with you on most of what you have said in this Hub. I think we don't have peace but could. You described a very good environment growing up which I am sure helped achieve your peace. The violence that we see is perhaps a product of their environment.

I do have peace in my life and do hope others find it. I am a 1960 child so of course I want peace. Great Hub, Stella

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2015:

Thank you for your kind words, Manatita. I'm so glad you found this piece favorable!

manatita44 from london on August 17, 2015:

An extremely beautiful article and a supremely super Hub. You write so much like many of us in the Sri Chinmoy Centre! A wholesome Hub with some truly inspirational ideas. Keep it up, my Sweet!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 30, 2015:

Sheila, nature offers such a peaceful setting. It's sad that humans are disrupting their habitats, yet they carry on and continue to bring us beauty. We can learn a lot from our wildlife. They adapt and persevere despite the destruction that surrounds them. Well, not all species, but they certainly try!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 30, 2015:

Peace can be found in many ways if we are really seeking it. I find my peace in nature. I too love to sit outside of a morning with my coffee and watch the animals and listen to the birds.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 15, 2015:

Jackie, it's nice to find a kindred soul. Peace is achievable, but it must come from within and emanate outward.

Thank you so much for reading.

Peace,

Bravewarrior

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 15, 2015:

We seem to have a lot in common; everything you named I share except most of my family have gone home. Thank God I say that we know the important things in life. It is a very calm existence blessed from above.

Peace be with you every day. ^+

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 15, 2014:

Ecogranny, it's so refreshing to read a comment such as yours. You're absolutely right. Most of us are working on achieving peace with every breath we take. I love your positive outlook. I'm sure your light shines wherever you go.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on November 15, 2014:

Yes, it is possible to achieve peace. Will it happen soon? Sometimes I despair that it can happen at all, but then I notice all the ordinary people doing extraordinary things to build peace in their own lives and in the lives of others. Like you, writing this page.

So many give selflessly to help others. Take the doctors, nurses, news reporters and videographers, family members and strangers who risk their lives to help ebola patients and to shine light on the suffering. That's just one example. Those people are making peace every day.

Then there's the person on the street who hands a wool blanket to a homeless man on a rainy day. And the woman who smiles at the grumpy clerk in the store and says something that makes the clerk stop and really look at her customer, and then smiles herself.

We who are fortunate must continue to effect healing in whatever ways we can, small and large. Perhaps most importantly, we must pray that greed and lust are replaced by love in the hearts of those who do harm.

You are doing your part every time you breathe deeply of Nature, every time you honor your mom and dad, and every time you touch one of those beloved cats with tenderness.

Thank you for writing about this. Thank you for mentioning the music. May peace ever abide within.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 14, 2014:

Thanx, Eddy. I'm glad you made it through to leave your own wonderful comment. Thanx for all your support, my friend!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 14, 2014:

Wow I thought I was never going to find the final comment there. Easy to see why you've received so many though. A wonderful read which shows up your talent at its best Sha. Voted up and shared.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 20, 2014:

Nadine, you're so welcome. Thank you for the wonderful comment. I guess my enthusiasm for seeing the bats came through in my narrative, huh? It's the little things in life that please me and bring me peace.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 20, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your bats. Nice listening to your voice. And your kitties. they are beautiful. This was truly an enjoyable hub to read. Indeed we all need to find the people from within. Again many thanks for sharing your space on the planet with us.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 11, 2014:

Suzette, I love sitting outside. When I read, I do so on my back patio. Watching the butterflies, listening to the various bird songs, feeling the breeze, it's just all so soothing. On Sundays, I sit out back in my pj's and a cup of coffee while I read the paper. Luckily, living in Florida, I can do that pretty much all year round.

Thanx for stopping by and sharing what brings you peace. Love it!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 11, 2014:

This is beautiful and peaceful to read. I have to agree with you, there will be no peace in the world until each person is at peace. Like you, I find peace in nature and have my morning breakfast in the summer on my back patio and take in the sights, sounds and beauty of nature around me. I love the music videos you included here, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on peace.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 11, 2014:

Jo, I do love nature. There's so much beauty and mystery in Nature. It truly is a wonder.

Making the videos was fun. The crazy thing is I used my Smartphone. It has pretty good resolution. No need to buy a video camera, which is very cool.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 11, 2014:

Faith, we must each find our inner peace before we can even think about achieving peace on a greater level. You've done that and that's a wonderful feeling, isn't it?

Thanx for the shares and your wonderful comment!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on October 11, 2014:

This is a beautiful hub about peace but your love of nature shines all the way through. You are indeed a brave warrior for producing your first video. I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptional hub, well done.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 11, 2014:

Oh, Dear Sha,

This is beyond beautiful and your lovely heart and soul just shine brightly through your words of truth, speaking from your own experiences.

I do believe peace can be found in the little things in this life that most tend to take for granted. Your music, photos and videos are just perfect and have added much delight here. Your cats are beautiful.

Although each day brings with it much trouble, there is still much beauty to be found, if we just look around. When I pray and cast all my cares to the Lord, then His peace, the peace that passes all understanding just rains down on me. It is truly beautiful to have inner peace even through life's trials.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

You ran with the baton of "Peace" and then some!

Hugs, blessings and peace always

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 07, 2014:

Cheryl, it is very sad what is happening in the world today. I understand how it can affect one's attitude and happiness. We just have to try to rise above and live the best lives we can.

I agree with you about choosing the types of people to associate with. I'm the same way.

Thanx for your input!

Cheryl A Whitsett from Jacksonville, Fl on October 06, 2014:

I surely love life and all it has given me but I think a lot of people have just lost their values and morals along the way. So many murders, suicides and just a bunch of unhappy people. The number of mental illness has also rose to an alarming rate of 1 in 4 people. I can't see that normal people act this way or do the things they do with no remorse and no feeling. You just have to take today at face value and try to enjoy your life the best you can. I do not associate with people who waller their lives in sorrow and pity.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 06, 2014:

Wow, so many Shauna's! I've run across a few in my lifetime, but most of them spell it wrong: Shawna. ha ha.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 06, 2014:

My wife's name is Shauna too I never knew the meaning before! I did know it derives from John who of course brought the news of God's gift to all mankind!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 06, 2014:

Shyron, I'm so glad you like this piece on peace. I love that your granddaughter and I share a name. It means "God's gift". Pretty cool, huh?

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 06, 2014:

Shauna, I love this, it is amazing, you have everything in this hub, the special song Someday, your own videos, your beautiful cats.

Finding inner peace, I would say yes I have. We have lots of problems, but I still have inner peace.

One song you could insert at the place where you said: It’s enough to make you want to command the world to stop spinning so you can get off.

You could put the song "Stop the World and Let Me Off".

But it is perfect without it.

BTW I love your name. Shaunna is my beautiful granddaughter's name.

Voted-up, UABI and shared.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 01, 2014:

Ladyguitarpicker, I love your pen name! Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. It all begins with us, doesn't it? Why doesn't the rest of the world see that?

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 01, 2014:

Hi, Love your Hub and the cats . You are so right the world is in a mess and needs plenty of help. True peace can only be in ones own heart and must be found by that individual.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 01, 2014:

Jo, I didn't even notice the volley ball net. I can't even remember the last time I played volley ball. I was more of a badminton or ping pong player when it came to those types of games.

I was so intent on using my video/phone for the first time, I guess I didn't take in all there was to see.

Glad you stopped by, Jo!

Jo_Goldsmith11 on October 01, 2014:

wow! Where to start? I enjoy reading every word you have written. You should be proud that you passed on to your son, all the wonderful things you were taught. Praise God! for you, your family/siblings!

The video was so awesome! I love the fountain! I thought I noticed a volleyball net in the distance? Maybe you should take a ball and play a good game of it, eat a lunch next to the beautiful rock fountain.

Very beautiful..just like you! Up of course, Shared for awesomeness, interesting and very well written! Blessings! :-

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 01, 2014:

Flourish, it always makes me happy when people re-visit my hubs. Our world's in a mess, isn't it? Lordy Goshen!

Glad you like my cats. They're a joy.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 01, 2014:

I came back to take another look at this hub. So appropriate given all that is going on in today's world. And I love the photos of those cats.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2014:

Deb, I'll check out your link. Frankly, I'm surprised HP didn't flag it. Maybe that's a sign that those of us who believe in humanity and can make a change through voice and actions really can make a difference in this world!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2014:

Michelle, I'm sorry I haven't responded sooner. I guess HP's server transfer has affected more than is obvious.

Thank you for seeing life the way I do. Our world got ugly through change, so why can't the opposite be true?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 29, 2014:

Dim, comments like yours fill my heart with pride. My message came across and that's why I wrote this piece. Too many people want to refute my idealistic views, but you have validated them.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Peace,

Bravewarrior

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on September 29, 2014:

This is such an amazing hub, l have been reduced to tears. The John Lennon songs always hit me hard.

They went perfectly with your text.

One person at a time.......Thank you.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 28, 2014:

You and I are definitely on the same page. I like the way that you think, and between a few of us, we'll get the message across. Here is my take on the topic,if you want to add it to your repertoire: https://hubpages.com/politics/An-Appeal-to-World-P...

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 28, 2014:

If we all put in effort, we can make peace bloom. The thing is, not many have this in mind. :( Well-said, Shauna. Well said.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2014:

Gail, those things bring me peace also. I'm glad my photos relaxed you and gave you the feel-good vibe. Enjoy your day!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on September 26, 2014:

Bravo! Loved this hub.

I agree that, "Peace cannot be achieved globally – if ever – until each individual on this planet finds inner peace. Inner peace glows and attracts others who have found peace within. Just as hate and destruction mushrooms, so can peace."

I find peace in being with those I love, being immersed in nature, listening to great music (Imagine is one of my all time favorites) and reading great works of literature.

Your photos are beautiful and gave me a sense of peace, especially the butterfly and pictures of your cats.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Hugs & Love,

Gail

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 25, 2014:

Mel, it's ironic you mention the bubble. I once wrote a poem about that. I've always lived in a bubble where only my rose-colored glasses can see. It might not be realistic, but it's kept me forging ahead and being unharmed even when harm comes my way.

Nell Rose from England on September 25, 2014:

Hi, I love Imagine too, its one of my favorite songs of all time! I think we can all achieve peace in our own way, I also sit outside to drink my coffee and love listening to the birds and nature together its amazing, I call it our own little bubble, leave the world outside and be peaceful inside, wonderful hub! voted up and shared! nell

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 24, 2014:

Hello my friend from across the pond! I hope that little boy does tell God everything. Maybe that will help this madness stop. Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated!

Chris Rose on September 24, 2014:

You should receive the Nobel prize, Shauna.

The effort and conviction, the passion, the honesty, the courage, and more, you put into your posts is phenomenal, and very noble.

No, unfortunately, those who dictate whether we go to war or not won't hear you, but I love the fact that you try, tenaciously.

You know, to sum it all up, I saw a clipping of a Syrian boy a couple of days ago, three years old, who, just before he died, said: "I'm gonna tell God everything"

No, unfortunately, my friend, the world will never listen...

Great post.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 22, 2014:

Dianna, you speak to my heart. World peace may not be achieved in the end, but it is POSSIBLE if we make a difference through our interactions. That's where it must begin. You have the right idea and you hear where I'm coming from. Hopefully more will, too.

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2014:

You have said so much in this post and touched upon a topic that we should all take more seriously. Inner peace is what keeps me balanced living in today's world of unknown fears. World peace may be out of reach but we can make a difference through our interactions with those around us. God bless you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Homeplace, if I've stimulated thought, then this post has made a difference in a very simple way. Yes, our world is blowing apart. We are the ones doing the damage, therefore we are the ones who can make a better choice. One person at a time!

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on September 17, 2014:

We each have the choice of inner peace, for sure. This is true, even when the world around us is blowing or falling apart. You have stimulated a lot of thinking. Keep up the good work, and peace, to you! ;-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Mel, that pink flower is called bougainvillea. It flowers several times a year and grows prolifically. I find I have to trim it about every two weeks when we have a lot of rain.

Glad you liked the turtle. I was tickled that he was out of his burrow and posed for us.

War, huh! Now it's in my head. That's okay. I love the music of the sixties. I think it's awesome that your one-year-old is moved by music. Very cool!

Melinda Longoria MSM from Garland, Texas on September 17, 2014:

War...huh....what is it good for? Got this song stuck in my head as I read this hub. ;-) My lil one year old is dancing all over the place. I enjoyed the nature walk at the Environmental Center in Longwood, Florida. The turtle going into his little house was SO cute. That's something you don't see every day. The pictures you shared of the nature in your yard were beautiful! Oh my, some of them look like they came straight out of a discovery magazine. My favorite is the pink flower backdrop with the butterfly in front. I thoroughly enjoyed this hub and learning so much about how you gained inner piece. :-) Sincerely, Mel

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Dressage, that's a damned good question! It makes to sense to me. They have to live with themselves. I guess they'll find out in the end what the Truth really meant.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 17, 2014:

Oh! I meant to add what type of judgement do they think God will give them on judgement day after they totally ignored this major commandment?

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 17, 2014:

I just wish that Muslims and Christians, and Buddhists too would read their spiritual guides. They all say you should not kill and that we are all the children of God. If God commands us not to kill why are so many hell bent on violence?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Leslie, I agree with what you say at the end of your comment. While I am an idealist, I'm realistic about the current state of affairs. There are forces we can't fight. Making a difference in just one person's outlook and happiness is monumental. Perhaps that can have a domino effect. Hey, I can dream can't I? :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Paula, you're so right. I just wish the people who judge us and want to kill us because we don't carry their beliefs would just keep to themselves and leave us alone. In the meantime, we must find our own personal peace in order to keep living life.

Karen Silverman on September 17, 2014:

YOU, my friend - are an idealist...(lol..you said 'call you an idealist - so i am!)

ahem..inner peace you say - and oh, so eloquently i might add.

While i don't think inner peace can achieve global peace - it certainly is a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, there are forces at work that will never allow for peace. HUGE conglomerates - that profit from the lack thereof - and those forces are being given more and more power through laws..

To me, if i can make one person smile...one person see from a new perspective...one person to care - then i am at peace with myself.

i love your LOVE gf..

Keep spreading it xx

I

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 17, 2014:

Beautifully written. Peace is what you make of it. If everyone created peace in their own sphere it would spread. It is tough to judge others in the world without knowing their circumstances.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Nadine, that's what it's all about. The soul. You are very fortunate to have found such resounding peace in your life. That's what good things are made of.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Frayne, you're absolutely right. Anything is possible. Positive change has to start somewhere. The logical ground is with each of us personally. If we strive for peace in our lives, it will spread.

Thank you for stopping by!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Randi, thanks for reading. I wanted to make this piece as personal as possible by using my own pix and videos. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

John, I'm with your wife on this one. I don't watch the news, either. When I read the paper I prefer to read about environmental issues which are very, very sad. You and I both share a passion for the environment and wildlife.

You keep shouting out and I'll do the same. Maybe somewhere down the road our words will be heeded and make a positive difference.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Liz, bats are nature's mosquito eaters. We have a mosquito problem here in Central Florida because it's always so damp. Between the rain and humidity, we're one big breeding ground for the people eaters. I'd much rather have bats take care of them than spray poison on my body.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Right on, Sanjay!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Ladyguitar picker, you have a good attitude about what you've overcome. I feel the same way. I've overcome a few obstacles myself and find peace in knowing I had the strength to do so and still look at life through rose-colored glasses.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Ghost, you make a good point. I agree with you regarding the defensive front. I wouldn't just lay low and take it if I were threatened. Hopefully, I'll never have to go through that. But if - and this is a big if - people would stop being offensive, there would be no need for defense.

Thanx for sharing your story. I always love reading your comments and the memories you share.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Ghost, you make a good point. I agree with you regarding the defensive front. I wouldn't just lay low and take it if I were threatened. Hopefully, I'll never have to go through that. But if - and this is a big if - people would stop being offensive, there would be no need for defense.

Thanx for sharing your story. I always love reading your comments and the memories you share.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Maria, you and I do think quite a bit alike. That's why we've become such good friends. I appreciate you reading and commenting after your long day. Did you have any doubt I'd somehow incorporate Imagine into my piece on Peace? :-)

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on September 17, 2014:

Instead of working I looked at your nature walk and other videos, apart from reading your hub. Many thanks for sharing that with us. I feel this inner peace because I love my life, my partner but above all I found what I call my soul purpose.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 17, 2014:

Liz, you said it perfectly! We create what we give. Only we can make the choice which way to go.

I'm glad the bats came through on the video. They are very, very cool!

frayne on September 17, 2014:

I can see your positive outlook to life. I agree peace can be achieved if one is willing. It start within us.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 16, 2014:

What a nice, peaceful hub! I loved everything about it! Nice job on the videos! Thank you for sharing this "feel good" hub complete with great music, videos and pictures!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 16, 2014:

Well Shauna, you certainly took up the baton on the run and kept that "peace train" racing. This hub is incredible, you haven't missed a point. From the beautiful photos an videos it is apparent that you have create a peaceful oasis in which to live. It was a pleasure to read about your family, parents, son and siblings, cats and wildlife.. A world of peace is a thing I crave for.

Basically my wife and I have a peaceful existence on our 40 acres away from the world, then we see the news..war, murder, turmoil, politicians fighting, domestic violence, missing children, people being ripped-off by con men and Internet thieves, religious conflict, child abuse, racism, mass shootings, car bombings...the list goes on. My wife refuses to watch the news, I can't help it...I need to know what is happening in the world....and my peaceful existence is shattered. I can't stick my head in the sand, but I can't fix the world either. All I can do is live a peaceful and good life and write about injustice, saving the world, climate change etc. and hope my words have some effect on others.

You wrote a perfect paragraph in one of your comments "The message is this: find peace within. It will shine and be absorbed. If each and every one of us does this, the disease of destruction that society has embraced will die because positive negates negative if it's strong enough."

I agree totally. Well done here, voted up across the board (except funny) and shared.

John

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 16, 2014:

I enjoyed this hub as peace is something that has been lacking in the world lately. But inner peace is an entirely different thing as you had pointed out. I loved the videos. We have bats here too and while at first, I was squeamish, now I do enjoy seeing them out and about.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on September 16, 2014:

Peace lies within, and it is useless to search for it outside the self. The things which worry us now, would be no more after some time. It a;ways happens and so the present moment of dejection would soon come to an end. So it is of no use to brood over the things and destroy the inner peace.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on September 16, 2014:

Hi, yes I think it could happen. It has to start one person at a time. I could not tell you how rich I truly am. I have all the peace in my heart I need till I leave here. I could not buy this feeling for all the money in the world. I have overcome so many things in my life that no one can take this peace away. Nice hub and such a good writer.

Ghost32 on September 16, 2014:

Sha, you know I love and respect you--and yes, many of the same things you cite as helping you find peace do happen to work for me as well.

That said, I feel impelled to take a contrarian view here, to some degree, by stating that I'm (a) not 100% against war and (b) do believe peace can be found in war for some, at times. In my case, I differentiate between "types" or "kinds" of war. A war of pure aggression, such as practiced by Hitler prior to and during World War II or ISIS in Iraq and Syria today--in those "types" of wars, I find no more merit than you do. But in the war of the defender against the aggressor I find much of value. Without the "D-war" (defensive war), peaceful Souls are simply squashed, enslaved, or murdered. If those who would dominate the would by force are not resisted with force, the result is even grimmer than what we see today.

About the "peace in war"...there can be, for some people (of whom I am one) an element of that that is undeniable. I've been fortunate not to have experienced military combat per se in this lifetime--but on a smaller "micro-war" scale, there have been a few incidents that branded themselves in memory for all time. I'll share just one that "gives me piece" just to reminisce briefly on occasion...57 years after the fact.

When I was 13, my Dad's hired man on the ranch (Dave) and I went deer hunting one day. Dave was 24, a former Marine veteran who had served in Korea. As fortune would have it, we'd been hiking for no more than an hour or so when we dropped a big mule deer, meat for a month for the entire family (including Dave).

We dressed out the carcass and headed for home, Dave slinging nearly 200 pounds of venison across his shoulders like it was nothing while I carried both rifles. We were trekking near a ridge top when I suddenly realized that there were 3 other hunters, more than a quarter mile below us and some hundreds of yards to the west...and that at least one of them was pointing his rifle directly at us. It was likely he was simply using his scope to see what we were, but taking a chance was not in it. Barking a single word, "DAVE!", I dropped flat, flinging Dave's rifle to him as I went down behind thigh high sagebrush. Dave had dropped at the same instant I did, shucking the deer carcass and snatching his weapon from midair along the way. We both lined up on the hunters below, prone position, ready to exchange lead if that was how it was going to be. Additionally, they were more in the open than we were, with no cover whatsoever.

You've never seen a rifle get pointed in a safe direction as fast as that one did, the one that had been aiming at us. Those three men made it abundantly clear by their body language and behavior that they did not have combat in mind, at least if their targets clearly intended to shoot back.

Now, you and most of your readers may not call that war--but I do. The 24 year old former Marine AND the 13 year old ranch kid were both 100% ready to defend against the attack if in fact it came. The fact that it did not is in a sense immaterial.

And I found peace in that, peace in the fact that (1) I was mentally and physically prepared for the situation, that (2) I had a highly capable partner if it came to the worst, and frankly, that (3) the "possible bad guys" quickly decided not to mess with us because they could see we'd be no fun at all. Not only did I find peace in that, but I find peace in the memory yet today.

It is true that war is Hell. It is not true that peace can never be found in its red and fiery depths...at least for some.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 16, 2014:

Dear Sha,

Oh my, how very beautiful in every way...from start to finish. Your thoughts, so congruent with mine... the care you have taken in your photography, videos, and music adds greatly to your message.

The comments your writing has generated reflect the universality and value of your words. Voting UP & UABI and sharing, my sweet friend.

Love and hugs, Maria

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on September 16, 2014:

Look at those bats! That is so cool.

I agree with you--peace begins with each of us, individually. You're either sending out low, negative energy or high, positive energy. We contribute to peace or violence in our thoughts and actions. You've demonstrated an awesome example of gratitude for life and love. Thank you, Sha!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Martie, thank you for your wonderful comment. Yes, I do have beautiful parents. I hope they read this and know how special they are to me. They've given me a zest for life and have taught me to be strong and stand up for what I believe in. I believe in peace. I believe it's not dead. It's up to us. One person at a time. It starts from within. We need to learn to say no to ideals that just don't fit. We've all done it. Let our auras spread over the universe to give others the strength to question. Hopefully, they'll find answers of their own.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

DJ, I think that if 'momentary slices of peace' float around the world destinations will fall into the fray. Peace is NOT impossible if each and every one of us makes an effort to create peace within and let that illuminate. If nothing else, we need to stop fighting those who have fighting in their blood. Live and let live.

We need to create inner peace and happiness within ourselves and stop trying to push our ways on others. And they (we know to whom I refer) need to do the same. Stop pushing values, mores, religious beliefs on those who are not receptive. George Washington warned the newly-found America to not play big brother to the world. We've not paid heed. If every person would mind their own damned business and concentrate on being the best person they can be - someone to be proud of - we'd be better off and our American loss of life would be lessened for causes that we have no business butting into.

I made every endeavor to not make this be a political post. I think too many of my readers are missing the point, which means I've failed.

The message is this: find peace within. It will shine and be absorbed. If each and every one of us does this, the disease of destruction that society has embraced will die because positive negates negative if it's strong enough.

Are we willing to succumb because we, of this generation, won't see the demise? How selfish! What about our heirs? Is it not our responsibility to show them right from wrong? Is it not our responsibility to teach them how to make changes?

I stand by my beliefs and if every would learn to be honest with themselves, perhaps we could eventually achieve peace before we kill of our planet and don't have to worry about it.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 16, 2014:

Dear Sha, I related from the beginning to the end. Finding our inner peace takes time and many wide-awakenings, as we have to learn that nor life neither God owes us anything. Once we have learned how to enjoy and appreciate the things we take for granted, the trees, the birds, the sun rays on our skin, our parents and siblings, etc etc, inner peace becomes our reward.

You have the most beautiful parents.

I am so glad you are one of my favourite friends.

Excellent hub about peace :)

DJ Anderson on September 16, 2014:

Sha, this was a beautiful piece. You have done a wonderful job sharing some of this world's greatest gifts, nature. My hat is off to you for choosing to see the brightness and to listen for the melody.

I appreciated that you showed pictures of your family and related warm, loving feeling.

Do I think peace is possible to achieve? My answer would have to be momentary slices of peace float around with no designated destination.

If you are one of the lucky ones, a little slice of peace may drift down your way.

The world as a whole? Sadly, no. Common sense has lost its way in a world where craziness dominates the minds and hearts of the masses.

Sha, I will be sending some photos to you, and you will better understand my thinking, today.

You have done a fine job with this article.

DJ.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Ah, Linda, I'll have to write that down. It might be a good topic for my next blog post. Better yet, I think HP is the home for that one!

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on September 16, 2014:

Sha, yes it is wonderful that we connected and found a little place of humor in one of my hubs. Those things are part of my peace, the unexpected things that happen but you just know were meant to be. Save that Blowin' in the Wind thought. There's a good hub in there somewhere.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Cris, peace to you. I love your sign-off: Love from the sky. I've noticed you end all you hubs with that. I've ended all mine and even all my blogs with "Peace, Bravewarrior". It's my wish. It's my hope. It's my message. I love that you send a positive, hopeful message with every word you write.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Cris, peace to you. I love your sign-off: Love from the sky. I've noticed you end all you hubs with that. I've ended all mine and even all my blogs with "Peace, Bravewarrior". It's my wish. It's my hope. It's my message. I love that you send a positive, hopeful message with every word you write.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Linda, I think only you and I know what you mean by your turtle comment. Isn't wonderful that we found something to share forever and ever through one of the hubs your wrote?

Without inner peace, the mess the world is currently in would be unbearable. Perhaps if we blow really, really hard we can share some of this peace with the rest of society. Perhaps we should all listen to Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind". I wish I'd thought of that when I wrote this article.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Thanx, Rache. Now I don't have to select/copy/paste your response. You're the best, girl!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Mary, you have it goin' on! I'm not sure about the rest of the world either, but I refuse to give up hope. In my idealistic mind, world peace is a definite possibility. I'd love to see that come to reality. If not, our world and future generations will perish.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2014:

Ruby, that's awesome that the center allowed pets to actually live with the residents. I would imagine depression would set in once the occasional pets had to leave the patients who were enlightened by them. And vice versa!

I guess now the center must ask prospective employees if they are allergic to animals.

When we don't have spouses (I don't) it's a blessing to have our furry friends give us companionship and unconditional love. Now if only we could train them to clean house, clean their own litter boxes, and brush their own hair, life would be perfect! :-)

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