I first came across the piece below over 30 years ago. It made such a strong impact on me then that I’ve kept the copy close by ever since. Now, I’m pleased to share it with you.
I hope it moves you the way it continues to move me. And I hope each and every one of us becomes infected by inner peace in the new year.
Symptoms of Inner Peace
by Saskia Davis
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed; and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
A loss of interest in judging other people
A loss of interest in judging self
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
A loss of interest in conflict
A loss of ability to worry
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
Contented feelings of connectedness with others & nature
Frequent attacks of smiling
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it
If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.
© 1984 Saskia Davis. Request permission to reprint and/or purchase poster(s) at SymptomsOfInnerPeace.net.