Last night I had an interesting encounter with a woman. She rudely challenged my personal integrity and I was so shocked that I paused in silence for a long period of time. This took place in a meeting. I paused to gather my thoughts and to release any anger and then I defended myself. I am still upset about the encounter because I want to live in peace. How is it that someone can be so rude to someone else? I've never liked this woman because she whines a lot and acts aloof - not the kind of person I like to be around, but she is in my group and I tolerate her. I've just never had anyone challenge me in such a direct way and with such rudeness and presumption.
We as a people have to learn tolerance of other individuals, even if they don't agree with our viewpoints. This was an experience that brought home to me the meaning of peace and also personal validation. I knew that I was okay about myself before her challenge came forth, therefore I was able to approach this in a wholesome manner. I wish none of it had happened, but it did. It was sort of like road rage in a meeting. I had to decide if I was going to be a part of it or not. I kept in my lane on my little side of the road, but didn't fight back.
Peace is right here where I live in my own little personal life. That is what peace is about - exercising the right to remain peaceful in a raging world.