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The Gift Of Peace And Tranquility

The Gift Of Peace And Tranquility


“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” – James Allen

The Gift Of Peace And Tranquility

Have your kids or grandkids composed their Christmas gift wish list?

You hear a lot of iPods and video game requests; dolls and stick-riding horses seem to have disappeared. Funky clothes still make the list for the girls. The boys? More customized wishes depending on their age and interests.

Can you imagine finding peace and tranquility on their Christmas list? Not hardly!

And yet those are the things that allow all the other pleasures – Including the hope that a Santa will make some of those wishes come true.

“…let’s give thanks for the good life here in America and pray that tomorrow, our children and we can continue to enjoy peace and tranquility.”

Those kids don’t have to worry about someone bursting through the door at night and carrying their father and brothers away. They don’t see soldiers with guns on the street or hear mortar shells falling and worry about where the next one will hit.

We have been so blessed with peace and tranquility in this country for so long that we can be tempted to take it for granted. Yet there are so many places in the world where peace and tranquility are only a dream – at Christmas or any day of the year.

So as we struggle to make this the best Christmas ever and worry about providing all the things on those Christmas wish lists, let’s give thanks for the good life here in America and pray that tomorrow, our children and we can continue to enjoy peace and tranquility.

P.S.  Seeking tranquility, one might pray – “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

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Show #465


peaceThe radio show Consider This with Annette Petrick Is broadcast several times a day.  I’ve been writing and recording the shows for the last 15 years. It’s a minute and a half long story about life, love and making a difference.

Stories are popular with busy people like you, who stop by for fast entertainment and assurance of kindness, caring and smiles.  It’s like getting a shot of inspiration or assurance as you pass by.

To deliver the stories beyond radio range, we gathered up more than 500 episodes and brought them over here to the Internet.

  • Come and read or listen to a story any time you want.
  • Let us deliver a show to you by email every Sunday morning.
  • As you share stories with friends, we create even more smiles.

Stories are about lives where joy, wonder and happiness exist but are often overlooked.   A true-life story may have an unexpected turn. There may be a lesson, counsel or opinion.  It could be a reminder, a reminiscence or a rant.  Curiosity shouts to me, “I want to know the story.”  So I write it.


The speaker behind the podium at the national convention – that was me. Did that for years.  Interacting with audiences, I saw serious need for hope and optimism. I started inserting a touch of encouragement and inspiration to my stage. Before long, positivity became our most popular topic.

Now my energy goes into stories for people in the fast lane, who just need a shot of inspiration or assurance as they pass by. Our stories also reach out to the mature audience of my peers. We relate empathetically.

On a personal note, husband Bill and I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with all its small town charm and shortcomings. We belong to the Chamber, lunch at the Moose Lodge, attend Music in the Park and work on Rotary committees. I even served as president one year.

My three grown children are scattered throughout New Jersey and Michigan with a bunch of grandkids and a great one too.  Pandemic has kept us apart for nearly a year. You know how hard that is.

Should you, for some unknown reason, be curious about my past, and the four major loves of my life, here’s a link to a PDF book that goes up to about five years ago.

If you were here with me, I’d invite you to pull up a rocker and sit with me here on the front porch while we talk about love, family, giving and gratitude. I may have to ask you to wear your mask.

Read more from Annette on GRAND here

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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