The surface of life is also in a state of constant flux,
with good days and bad, victory and defeat.
To maintain, as the ocean does, a deep inner calm, while
the storms of misfortune, reverses, fears and worries lash
at the surface of life, is to discover the secret of serenity.
Years ago, when Thomas Edison's factory burned down,
he wasted no time bemoaning his fate. Immediately after
the disaster the reporters found a calm, quiet man already
at work on plans for a new building.
When Emerson's home was destroyed by fire and his precious
books were being reduced to ashes, Louisa May Alcott came to
console him. The great philosopher said, "Yes, yes, Louisa,
they are all gone, but let us enjoy the blaze now.
Isn't it beautiful!"
Some people are ocean personalities. In their inner depths
they are not defeated by what happens to them.
The towering waves of circumstances cannot reach us when
we go deep within to seek the peace that passes all understanding.
While the surface of life is in turmoil we can find an inner
calmness to see us through.
Wilferd A. Peterson