A Pause in Advent – Peace 6



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  1. The absence of war or other hostilities.
  2. An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities.
  3. Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations: living in peace with each other.
  4. Public security and order: was arrested for disturbing the peace.
  5. Inner contentment; serenity: peace of mind.
I hasve been trying hard this week to find peace in what is a very busy and hectic world at the moment.  I still dont have the conservatory roof fixed or a resolution with the insurance company on the electrical items, but we will get there.
I have spend every spare moment doing something, including baking cakes for school parties, attending carol services and helping mum with her shopping.
So when I had the chance to go to London on my own on Friday for the Philips UK Christmas Lunch, I jumped at it.  The thought of some child free time on the train really did seduce me.  The day didn’t start all that well, Maxi had a school meltdown (he is bored again, due to the winding down of the term), then I got on the train, but my connecting train to London was cancelled, so I had to hop on to a bus to another station and then take a later train.  But I sat the whole way and read my book and just contemplated life and all in it.
I managed to get to the Soho Hotel in time for lunch and had a great time, catching up with some great bloggers and then realised the time, eek, I was going to miss my train home.  So off in a Taxi I dashed to Kings Cross, just to get to the platform as the train was leaving.   So I had a chat with a nice chap on the information desk and he said I could use my ticket on the first train after 6pm.  So I grabbed a nice cup of hot chocolate and my book and waited in peace for my train.  I managed to find a seat and we set off back to Darlington, but had to wait outside the station for nearly an hour (as the 5pm train had broke down), so I missed my connection and MadDad had to collect me from Darlington Station, which meant the boys didn’t get to bed till past 10.
Saturday I also found some peace, for the first time in over 5 years, MadDad and I went shopping on our own.  My mum had the boys for three hours and we went and bought them Pj’s for Christmas Eve and also my Birthday pressie (some slippers for tomorrow).  The shops were so quiet and we wandered around hand in hand, not having to wonder where our children were.  It was a blissful way to reconnect with each other.
What it made me realise was that you can find peace in even the busiest of places and that I am learning to find my inner peace as I get older and that I am also learning to enjoy my time on my own too.

I really would love some ornaments that have peace on them.  Betty at Mrs Yappy Dog sent me the most wonderful doves (one with joy on) as part of the handmade decoration swap, I just hope she is as pleased with mine as I am hers.   So sorry for the bad picture, but my camera was damaged in the snow fall and I wont get it back until after Christmas.
I hope that you have found peace this week, no matter how busy it has been.