Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Difference Between Peace and Comfort

by Troy Chapman

(published August 03)

It’s a natural human tendency to want to be comfortable and to resent it when people and circumstances disrupt our comfort. But life isn’t concerned with our comfort. In fact, it seems to go out of its way to cause discomfort.

As soon as we get settled into a way of thinking or acting, circumstances change and comfort disappears. Indeed, that’s a good definition of comfort: a sense of well-being that depends on external circumstances.

Peace, on the other hand, is a sense of well-being that does not depend on external circumstances.

In a world that’s constantly shifting and changing and which is, in fact, more of a fluid than a solid, comfort can never be more than a temporary thing that begins disintegrating the moment it is achieved. To spend our lives chasing it is a little like trying to make a hill of marbles.

The next time you feel the world going crazy and dragging you along with it, ask yourself in which direction you’re searching for stability. Are you looking for or creating an inner stillness on which to stand or are you trying to make the world be still — and which effort do you think is more likely to succeed?