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20 May

The tears that welled up in her large doe eyes were heartbreaking. It made my stomach twirl to watch such a tiny person explode with hurt. “I’ve always loved my job,” she sobbed, “until now.”

 

As a single mom (let’s call her Lori) she had been waitressing for years and took special pride in being a homeowner. A group of people who had chosen the diner she worked at, to meet regularly for lunch, had started treating her badly. They would snap their fingers to get her attention and were quick to criticize her if their food was not exactly as they wanted it to be.

 

One day a man who wanted his coffee served immediately whistled to her as if commanding a dog, and she felt it was the last straw. She picked my name out of the phone book (yes, people did do that twenty years ago) and ended up in my office.

 

“I have to quit,” Lori said. “I can’t take it a moment longer. But what am I going to do? I need to take care of my son!”

 

We talked and I scribbled something down on a piece of paper for her.

 

Fast-forward five years. A new client walked into my office looking much like a movie star. She took off her dark glasses and tossed her fur coat over the side of the couch.

 

When I asked her how she heard about my services, she told me a little story. She (let’s call her Carol) told me that there was a waitress that she and her group of friends were not really very nice to. But that, Lori, would always be kind to them no matter what anyone said or did, and that Lori seemed to be at peace.

 

“So, I pulled Lori aside and asked her what her secret was,” Carol exclaimed with an amazed look on her face. “Lori carefully unfolded a well-worn piece of paper she took out of her pocket. The note on the paper said ~ I can choose peace instead of this.

 

Carol went on to say, “When I asked Lori what that meant, she explained that her peace of mind wasn’t dependent on how we treated her. It was how she treated us that gave her inner peace. And when I asked where she learned this from, she told me, ‘the Lady of the Lake fixed my head.’”

 

Now I have to tell you that Carol’s story made me feel good on many levels, mainly because I was relieved that Lori was doing well! I was also very happy that Lori was able to pull off what I had been working on for years ~ to only spread positive energy no matter what the circumstances happened to be. And, of course, to know that I really helped someone was lovely too.

 

I went on to try and be of service to Carol, but I have no idea if she really understood that the process of obtaining inner peace requires a lot of hard work. It requires a commitment to monitoring thought processes, and a deep willingness to surrender impulses that come from a desire to act out our negative emotions.

 

Carol asked if I would cancel the rest of my clients and work with her that day for whatever price I wanted to charge her. I told her I couldn’t do that, but we did set up a few more appointments. I believe she might have thought that I had some kind of magic wand that I could wave over her head and fix things so that inner peace would be granted her. If only I had that type of power!

 

All I know for sure is that when we try to remain calm and helpful, peace emanates from us, and a sense of happiness remains in our heart. We may never know the direct impact our efforts have on others, and that is not the important part. Let Lori be an example to us all. To have inner peace ~ spread peace to all who are put on our path. Priceless!

 

Fog over lake with caption Peace Resides Within Us


About the Author

Written by Pen Augustin

Pen Augustin is author of Waves of Light and The Priestess Tale series. She is also founder of Lady of the Lake Holistic Health. Pen loves to give messages about how we can heal ourselves and bring balance to our beloved planet. Living near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, she enjoys spending time in nature and communing with the local wildlife.


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