Do you remember what Mother Teresa said about making peace in the world? She said that to make the world a more peaceful place, the thing to do is to go home and love your family.
I think she was on to something. At least that way you’re not out troublemaking.
My dear friend Heather Caliri and I sat down recently as part of her One Woman’s Yes interview series to talk about savoring life, focusing on the essentials, and finding peace through the spiritual discipline of parenting. (You can find the whole interview here.)
I noticed that I sure do talk a lot about peace for a woman who lives with six children and a small boatload of legos.
Clearly I am not talking about “peace and quiet” here.
But there are lots of ways of having peace.
There’s world peace, and that feels like capital-P Peace, doesn’t it? That’s the important stuff, the impossible-feeling stuff, the huge tangled knot of human ambition and human fears.
Then there’s having peace in our relationships. There’s having peace in our hearts. Those can all feel like a small peace, but — I don’t know, I think there’s a reason we talk about the depths of the human heart. It’s not such a small thing.