American Red, White & Blue
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.
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
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.
picture do you think 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."
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