The American Heritage Dictionary says peace is: "the absence of war or other hostilities; an agreement or treaty to end hostilities; freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmony; public security and order; serenity; peace of mind".
Where does one find peace?
In the words of a treaty or cease fire? In the final settlement papers of a divorce? In the words of an impassioned speech? Seeing police cars cruising your neighborhood?
Can peace ever be attained?
I don't know the big answers. I don't know if there will be peace on earth. I don't know if all wars will cease. I don't know if inhumanity will be replaced with love and kindness.
I don't know.
I do know that I choose to cultivate peace in my life, and in so doing, I believe it will grow. Why? Because the seeds of peace are hardy! Because so long as one person believes in peace it will not die.
What can we do to practice peace?
First, forgive yourself for whatever needs forgiving and let it go. Stop warring with yourself and find the joy that is surely there. Then, smile from your heart at those you meet.