Learning To Be Peaceful


Everything about the season says “Rush, worry, be stressed!”

Everywhere there is incomprehensible bloodshed and mayhem.

Friends, understandably, are feeling a wide range of emotions: grief, rage, hopelessness, and fear.

There is plenty to be crazy about. There is every reason to be scared.

But I’m learning that I, alone, am responsible for my own peace.

If I’m going to be any good for the struggles ahead

and if I’m going to be up to the challenges that are coming,

I must not squander my energies on being angry or depressed.


So I’m refusing to be pulled into the seasonal frenzy.

I am rejecting the urge to be immobilized by woe.

I’m learning to be peaceful instead.

I know, first hand, how very precious life is

and how quickly it can be snatched away.

I promised myself,

if I survived the heart attack,

that I would be grateful for every moment

I have left,

that I’d take absolutely nothing for granted,

and that I’d fill my life

with all the joy & love & peace

I can!

So, I won’t be manipulated into being a part of the craziness.

Despite all that is going on in the world, I’ve decided to be peaceful.


It’s not easy.

It takes some work.

Sometimes I slip a bit

and get frustrated by all the gaudy commercialism,

all the rampant capitalism,

all the greed when so many others are suffering.

But I am determined to stay steady at the task

of being my best and highest self

despite the frenzied season,

despite the excruciating political times,

despite the odds–all odds.


So, in this season of change and transformation,

I come to you with so much gratitude

for all the fellowship and joy we have shared together this year,

for all your kindnesses when I was ill,

for helping make the Creative Cottage

such an amazing place

for us to share our stories & our hearts.

I love each of you for all the gifts

you have shared with me,

all the love you have lavished on me,

and all the happy times

we have enjoyed together.

Please hold my place in your life

as I bumble off,

she-bear Kait,


for the whole month of January

to give myself some time to heal

and regain my strength

after a few more major medical adjustments get taken care of.


I plan to stay in my pj’s and cuddle up with my Beloved.

I plan to do some major revamping of my life…

reinvent my home studio,

dust my sewing machine off,

do a good spring cleaning of the studio,

make some art,

read a lot of books,

finally get a website up,

and plot a new path for 2017.

I will crafting new ways

to be a more effective advocate for peace,

a firmer voice for social justice,

and a more powerful tool for

love, compassion, and creativity…

all the while practicing how to be peaceful.

I will be back in February

with some exciting new classes,

some wonderful Creativity Chix field trips,

and the wonderful magic that is our

lovely little Creative Cottage


Happy Holidays!

Much Love From Kait


Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle in your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. May you remember that your friend Kaitlin sends you love, laughter, and light!


© Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved

By Kaitlin Meadows

4 comments on “Learning To Be Peaceful

  1. Brightest Blessings, dear Kaitlin. So glad you will be taking January off to recuperate and tend to YOU. Hope if you truly must get that pacemaker installed that all goes smooth as silk and you will recover quickly. Happy holidaze, enjoy all the moments of peace you can muster! Love, Kim


    • Thanks dear Kim–what fun to see you at the solstice gathering! Let’s hope I can avoid any more heart interventions and use the month to re-enchant myself and The Cottage! Love from KaitieBug

  2. I know you are committed to slowing down and taking care of yourself…. You know that all of your cottage peeps support your decision to take some time off and we are here for you if you need anything! Enjoy your time off 🙂 love you, Marnie

  3. Thank you dear Marnie–one of the things that time off will afford me is more time to spend with YOU! A heart attack sure helps remind a soul how important friends are and how silly it is that we’re always tooooo busy to enjoy them. Let’s promise to have more fun in 2017–doctor’s orders! Love KaitieBug

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