Thursday, October 2, 2008

Peace and Hustle

No Impact Man wrote today about the difficulty in maintaining a peaceful mind given the seductive nature of the work he loves and believes can change the world.

Phone calls and emails squeeze into his meditation time, and, as the hustle builds, his mind stirs, and he loses the peace that set him on his path and continues to navigate his work.

The peace is everything.

They say a peaceful mind makes a peaceful man. A peaceful man makes a peaceful family. A peaceful family makes a peaceful village. A peaceful village makes a peaceful country. A peaceful country makes a peaceful world.

I thought it made sense when I read it. A peaceful mind is definitely a beautiful thing, but it certainly is tough not to want to push yourself to the sleep and stress and workload limit when you believe in what you're doing.

But isn't there, I wondered, some peace in knowing we're pushing as hard as we possibly can? And might there even be peace in knowing we're pushing harder, stretching the limit, conditioning ourselves to handle more and more? Might No Impact Man be forgetting that windsprints get both easier and faster when we battle through the soreness and exhaustion every day?

I sent the peaceful mind post to my sister and asked her:

Do we like this?

She replied:

We love this!!!

So there you go. It's settled: bad metaphor; good post. A peaceful mind makes a peaceful world.