Best of '09: Day 8 {Peace}

Where do I find peace and how do I know it when I feel it?

My first place to find it would be when I am out on a run. Just me, my iPod and the road. It's a time to zone out and practice the simple art of putting one foot in front of the other, which is a beautiful thing. The shuffling of my feet, the feeling of my body moving (even though I'm turtle-esque), listening to my breathing (gasping?), remembering my body can do more than I think, feeling grateful that I can run, taking time to notice nature surrounding me and chatting with God for a while or cranking up the tunes to keep myself going for one more mile all bring me a strange form of peace.

However, I have not been running like I should lately. (Okay, in all honesty, for quite a while.) As I typed this it dawned on me how much I have missed this sweaty form of peace. I must lace up my running shoes and go in search of it again.

Another way I find peace is within the pages of a book. Usually in the morning when I crawl back in bed with a cup of coffee to read for a while (instead *cough* of running) or at night when I read for a while to decompress my brain before sleep. Last night, as my sweet daughter curled up beside me, all freshly bathed and pajama-ed so I could read a couple of chapters of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 out loud, a warm wave of peace washed over me. Everything else melted away and it was just the two of us caught up in Ramona's adventures for a while.

Perfectly peaceful.

Part of Gwen Bell's totally awesome Best of '09 Blog Challenge. C'mon, it's not too late to jump in!


  1. Ooo, I love yours (especially the reading one since I have not been a faithful runner for a while *cough, cough*). Daily peace, right there!

  2. I miss running. I think that is why I'm having such a hard time getting to the gym to walk. It just seems so futile, even though I know it is still good for me.

    And, well, reading is pretty much the perfect activity at any given moment. :)

  3. I retreat to the cozy with a book as well and just love that form of peace. I also enjoy the peace I get when I'm walking, but do it so rarely that it probably shouldn't even count.

  4. Well, I must admit, I certainly have not been finding my peace through running (or walking) lately. Sigh.


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