November 4, 2017

Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace)!

Blog 4 Peace Day is today! November 4th, 2017. Come Join Us!
 This year's theme is.: Finding Peace in Overwhelming Times. 

For me, finding peace is a daily struggle.  Some days are harder than others. It seems that the older I get the more emotional I become. I cry at least once a day The smallest things make me cry or depress me.  I do my best to smile through it.

In my lifetime, i have lost my son, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. The hardest loss was the loss of my son. His death pushed me to the edge.  Each day I find myself on the brink of "screw this".  And by that I mean, quitting my job, packing my dog and my bags, and going somewhere where no one can find me. Somewhere peaceful.

However, I do not there "some where peaceful" truly exists.  It is up to me to make a peaceful place. 
So, each day, I find something to help me be at peace.  

Knowing my daughter is happy and enjoying life, helps me find peace.  

Hugging my dog, helps me find peace.  

After a long day at work, coming home to see the wagging stubby tail of my dog and the smile on her face....her pure joy that I am home, helps me find peace. 

A friend offering me a hug when she knows I am having a rough day, helps me find peace.  

A friend I have never met in person, reaching out to me via text, Facebook or a phone call, helps me find peace.  

Hanging out with family or friends to celebrate a special occasion or just barbecue, helps me find peace.

Basically, I have learned to greatly appreciate the small things in life. 
Because in these overwhelming times, the small things are what helps me find peace.

My 2017 Peace Globe....
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. 
Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; 
through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” 
~ Dalai Lama XIV

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  1. Great quote, so true..
    Peace to you ☮

  2. I so relate...after a lifetime of so many losses, especially losses as huge as yours, it is no wonder we cry more easily than we once did. I love that your dog is there to greet you on your return home. I am living without a dog for the first time in a long life and it is very hard. Where I rent wont allow me to have one. Dogs are Love Buddhas. Hug yours close.

    1. I agree...dogs are love Buddhas. I hug Shelby as much as possible for I know one day I will lose her.

  3. I think of you often, Shannon. I wonder how you're holding up under this..the greatest of losses. Parents are not supposed to outlive their children.
    Sending you all the positive strength and love I can muster. Your friends are here for you and love you. I know that doesn't fix it or bring him back, but know that we care for you and worry about you.

    I am AMAZED at your attitude and proud of your ability to be vulnerable and real in public. That is strength, not weakness.

    xxoo Mimi

  4. I love that quote! Peace and blessings to you! 💜

  5. Shannon, I lost my daughter 2 1/2 years ago suddenly to a pulmonary embolism. She was 30 years old with a five year old son. Not a day goes by that I don't cry, I miss her so much. Know that you are not alone. It takes time, but peace comes. I find comfort in prayer. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You son, like my daughter is an Angel now and they are watching over us. Much love.❤️

  6. You and I seem to have the same theme this year. (((hug)))

  7. It is in the small things that the greatest gifts are most often discovered.



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