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April 26, 2010 / Jenny Ann Fraser

Finding Peace

Due to my unemployment, and the beautiful spring days, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside.

Spring is here, and the usually flooded rivers are receding fast revealing ground that is drying up and turning rapidly green, which always somehow blows my mind.  Nature’s ability to transform from the bitter cold of winter to beautiful summer so perfectly always fills me with wonder.

I love sitting in the park with a good book, listening to the angry warnings of the Geese who seem to think I want to attack them… as though I would do such a thing, and as though they wouldn’t break my legs if I tried.

What I love most, is the perfection of it all. How everything fits together so perfectly season after season, year after year, everything in nature happens naturally and without strain or difficulty. Every living thing knows how to do it’s job and does it.

I suspect (and there are many who claim that it is fact, ) that if it weren’t for our busy minds, we humans could fit right in and allow ourselves to blossom and bear some sort of fruit without struggle, competition and fear.  If only we knew how, or maybe, if only we knew that we could.

Peace, is such a difficult thing to come by, that too many of us don’t even think to look for it. I think I’ve been searching for peace since I was a kid, even though I didn’t know for most of my life what it is that I was searching for.  There has always been this nagging inner something, that tells me that there is more to life than what I’m experiencing.

One Evening a couple of years ago,  I got inspired and set up a blog and wrote a post.  That was as far as it went, I wasn’t at all brave enough to put myself out there for people to read, but it was a start.

What had inspired me was that  I had experienced “living in the moment”, and the peace that can come with it for the first time. It had finally occurred to me, that creating moments of peace, and carrying them with you was the way to go. I didn’t know this at the time, but I had inadvertently opened a door that I would never want to close again.

From there, things started to fall into my lap.  Well, not great riches, true love or total lasting  inner peace, but the new concepts ideas and perspectives that are required for such a search.

Slowly, but surely, my life is changing, though it can be easy to miss the small signs of change and instead stay focused on the day-to-day issues that create all of the chatter in our minds.  I know that I need to remember to take time to be still, and to pay attention to all that I have to be grateful for.  It’s worth the effort it takes to make the time.

This is me starting a business... Really.



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  1. Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point / Apr 26 2010 6:56 pm

    Hello Jenny Ann,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

    I really enjoyed this post. Isn’t it interesting how something like unemployment can bring us closer to more joyful/meaningful things in life? I absolutely love this phrase: creating moments of peace. What inspiration. I think it’s very true that we have within us the power to create moments of peace; we just have to be willing.


    • jennyannfraser / Apr 27 2010 9:47 am

      Hello Belinda,
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Yes, willingness is key. I think that more people would be willing if they could understand the incredible benefits available to them. I guess the key is to lead by example.

  2. tobeme / Apr 27 2010 11:07 am

    It is all a process. Thank-you for sharing your journey with us.

  3. darrah / May 9 2010 11:17 pm

    Hi Jenny! Thanks for commenting on my blog today!

    I just spent some time exploring your blog and had to comment here because I just LOVE the photo in this post. I started my blog last May and documented my process of going from having a day job to figuring out what the heck I wanted to do with my life to quitting my job to where I am now – running my own photography business. When I quit my job back in November, I remember taking photos just like the one you posted. It’s an amazing feeling of freedom to be able to work when and where and how you want. I often sit on my porch in my pj’s working on my laptop!

    Best of luck on your journey!

    • jennyannfraser / May 11 2010 9:56 am

      Thank you so much Darrah!
      I too love your blog. I can’t wait to spend some more time with it. It seems we’re on similar paths, I’m just a few months (or years?) behind lol. I’m sure we can learn a lot from each other.

  4. Lorraine James / May 18 2010 12:35 pm

    Hey Jenny! I’m reading one of your older entries through my blackberry while watching videos on “vimeo” of people’s rooms. I’ll read more entries.

    • jennyannfraser / May 18 2010 1:33 pm

      Hi Lorraine! And welcome!
      Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy it.

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