I am an atheist. I don't say that much, because of the negative reactions and connotations that seem to come from saying it. This may be the first time that I've said it public. I think that it is. It's something that I've recently come to grips with.
I don't draw my peace from a higher power. For me, it has to come from within.
You may have noticed that the URL for this blog is MayPeaceBeWithYou [dot] BlogSpot [dot] com.
I composed that address one night after a decent beer or two, when I tried to decide what this web log, or 'blog, was to be about. I thought about writing about my experiences as a peace officer, but realized that most people don't tune into police stories for the "Peace" part of the officer's trade. They want to hear about the drama that accompanies discord. I knew that I was mostly going to let people down if I promised them such things. If I had a counter on the number of times that I've drawn my gun with real concern that I was going to fire it, it would be in the double digits, and not really threatening the century mark.
When I suit up every day for work, I try to remember what my job is. I am employed to keep the peace. The best way to do that is to show respect to the people that I come in contact with. And to be honest, I fail, occasionally. That respect thing works in a lot of other areas of life, too, for finding peace. Be it your neighbor, your wife, your daughter, your son, your work partner, your political adversary, or the saber-rattling nation a half-world away-- showing respect is a decent way to keep the peace.
That's hard to do, when we're irritated with someone. But if your goal, (having been established after contemplation in quiet times) is peace, then it is probably when we're irritated with someone that we most owe it to ourselves to display constant respect.