I submit that in peace we discover our deepest insights and our deepest strength. Whether with our closest friends or ourselves, we must shut the world out for a while. Always it presses. When we can block it out, we can think for ourselves a little bit.
I have discovered this while writing The Kingdom: The Quest. Therefore, I have selected these songs and quotes to help you do the same.
SONGS OF THE WEEK
“We’re Going To Be Friends” by The White Stripes
Jack White is best known for his wild, wailing electric guitar. Here, he picks up an acoustic guitar and hypnotizes you with a tale of two friends in school. Spare, simple, heart-warming, and most importantly, authentic.
“Your Hand In Mine” by Explosions In The Sky
Turn everything off when you listen to this. You are about to go on an eight-minute journey that is every bit as soulful and epic as a Hans Zimmer score. Do you remember when Frodo left Middle-Earth in The Lord of the Rings? I think this is the song that was playing as he sailed through the night, across the great ocean, under the stars, to the white shores of Valinor.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.”
“Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
For more songs and quotes to get you inspired, check out the rest of the Monday Meditations.