This Too, Will Pass ~ PICTURE OF
WAS ONCE A KING who offered a prize to the artist
who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists
tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there
were only two he really liked, and he had to choose
One picture was of
a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the
peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead
was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw
this picture thought that it was a perfect picture
The second picture
had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare.
Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in
which lightning played. Down the mountainside tumbled
a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at
all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall
a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the
bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the
midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird
on her nest … a picture of perfect peace.
Which of the pictures
won the prize? The King chose the second picture.
Do you know why?
explained the King, "peace does not mean to be
in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard
work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those
things and still be calm in your heart. That is the
real meaning of peace."