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“Dad. Are you coming to my school Christmas party”?

My weekly status review with clients was scheduled at the same hour on Friday afternoon as the Christmas party at my daughter’s school. As the hectic nature of the week unfolded, and Wednesday afternoon wore on, I made my decision. I was going to re-schedule the ‘status review’. I have rarely missed a ‘school party’ for my daughter, and I surely didn’t want to miss this one!

As Friday afternoon came, and I walked into her classroom, I knew within my spirit that I had made the right decision. There they were, a dozen kids decked out in holiday red and white, with Santa hats perched precariously in various positions on their heads. They were getting ready on this makeshift stage, with brilliant smiles that came from their soul.

And then they broke out in song ~ “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” ~ a dozen kids singing at the top of their voice, with the unadulterated joy of children. They followed it with “Jingle Bells” ~ jingling real bells with tremendous energy!

The outside world seemed to recede for the next hour as the singing, ornament exchange, reindeer games and cupcake eating carried on. The kids were totally engaged in their party ~ celebrating and savoring every moment of this event that my daughter had talked about for a while.

And it brought an instant peace to my spirit. I had walked straight from a state of stress into a state of equilibrium. The transformation was seemingly instantaneous.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
And make allowance for their doubting, too.

If” by Rudyard Kipling

I tell this story because it taught me an important lesson ~ that when we remember to keep our focus on the important things, we can be transported to an island of peace. Stress, real or imagined, can mess with our inner equilibrium. That is perhaps when your reservoir of inner peace becomes even more important.

I invite you to come and explore some of the questions below with the #SpiritChat community on Sunday at 9am ET/2pm GMT. The Spirit of Peace.

What brings you peace? What takes your peace away? Is peace a ‘state of mind’ or is it a ‘state of the spirit’? Why is it important to be in peace? What is the connection between peace and joy?

I wish you peace. Be well. Kumud

P.S. Please share your favorite quote on ‘Peace’ or any other thoughts you would like to convey to the community. Thank you!

Update: Here is the transcript for the ‘Spirit of Peace’ tweetchat – Enjoy!