Calm in the Storm

peace … the REAL kind

“There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would 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 between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for 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 of peace.

The other 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 side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, 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 – in perfect peace.

Which was the picture that won prize?

The second picture.


‘Because,’ 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.’ ”

— Kashoo Tawseef

Calm in the Storm

Calm in the Storm
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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Deep gratitude to Elyse Hope Killoran, for having brought so many meaningful stories like this one into my world over the years, all of which are now my constant companions, and for our continual connection, both visible and invisible.

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With immense love and appreciation, all proceeds from my art go toward my ongoing medical expenses.

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