Have you a place you like to go where you find total peace? Maybe it is indoors within your own home, or a local spot you go to, to walk or to sit. A place that over the years has shared your tears and laughter?
I remember when my father knew he was dying he wrote the family a letter. Within that letter he said that our back garden was ‘his favourite place on earth’. I remember silently crying as I heard those words read, for they brought me back to before, Before Dad got Motor Neurone disease, to the days he spent sawing, hammering and generally banging around out in the back garden, working on his latest project. Remembering the days, not too long before when he was fit and healthy.
Over the years I have always found such a place. Somewhere I can be at peace. As a child it was my bedroom, and then I grew up and got my first car. Now I could roam further afield and away from the house and family, and so I did. I headed up the Dublin mountains to a place I could go rambling without ever meeting a soul. (Solitude). I was a very troubled girl back then and found so much peace there. Enough to allow me to recharge my batteries and give me the strength to carry on.
Time moved on and I left Dublin for Australia and then back home to Ireland where I settled in Cork, a place I have lived for nearly twentyfive years. Around me is a beautiful mix of country and village, yet I am only a few miles from the city centre. There is a slower pace of life here than there is in Dublin, and it feels more peaceful. Here too I have found a place where I can go to recharge my batteries and to find peace. It is not a spectacularly beautiful spot, but it is quiet, and peaceful, and over the past many years it has shared the highs and lows of our lives, as my friends and I have walked its quiet grassy paths.
For more walks than I care to remember the hedgerows have listened, as we spoke about the trials of being young mothers, the lack of sleep, and the frustrations of coping with tantrums, disappointments, successes and family rows. The cows in the fields were the only witnesses to our fears as we walked along speaking in shock of young Daniels diagnosis of leukemia,and as time passed to our hopes that he would make a fully recovery. We were oblivious to their presence, sometimes openly weeping, as we recalled his homecoming and gentle passing two days later, almost one year ago. Without this wonderful walk I do not know how we would have got through the past year. It has given us a place to go, to mourn and to grieve, as well as to laugh and experience the other parts of life that do not stop even in the midst of such enormous grief (walking through grief).
However even though I love my peaceful hillside walk there is another place which holds my heart. This is the place of my dreams. My heaven on Earth. The place which never ceases to take my breath away, and which for me is exactly what I mean when I say ‘I come from Ireland’. This morning my daughter sent me this link, and I know you will enjoy it.
So come with me to Allihies. My heaven on earth.
Now you have seen my place of peace, I’d love to know about yours.
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16 thoughts on “Where do you go to find peace?”
Thats the sound of my bags being launched into my car boot !!!!
What a great video 🙂 🙂 – Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂
Oh I am sitting here on a really miserable wet day and this video has brightened up my day no end. See you there! 🙂
Haven’t been that far yet, but I will some day soon.
It is a walkers paradise Joan. I can’t believe you’ve not been there yet.
There is a national park not far from where I live, I have been going there since I was a child, it is a wonderful place to visit and it is always the place that represents peace and quiet for me.
It sounds lovely. I think even though I do find peace within my own four walls, an outdoor haven is so healing.
Driving along the zig-zagged Donegal coastline with stereo at top tonsil. Driving to stand still.
Love it, ‘Driving to stand still’. I think the ruggedness of Allihies is so very like Donegal, with slightly better weather.
oh, how lovely. i’m so glad you’ve had, and had these places. i love going to the arboretum, our largest park here, and walking through the meadows, by the water and in the woods. so calming and beautiful. at home, i love to be in my bedroom, up on top with a slanted ceiling, snug in my soft bed.
Water and woods are a wonderful combination.There is something about a slanted bedroom roof which I love. We have one on ours too, although I have begun to take it for granted.
I’ve been searching for peace since I was a kid. I’ve almost come to the conclusion that there is no such place.
Allihies is just beautiful. Like your dear Dad I find a lot of peace in my garden but also at Sliabh na Cailli (Loughcrew Cairns) near my house. A bit of a climb but on a clear day you can see 19 of Ireland’s 32 counties from the top. A very spiritual, almost magical place for me
So beautiful! Your country is so pretty.
Into the sea if the tide allows or a walk on Tramore Beach which is a haven of peace.
I have home, which is comfort from all things worldly. But there are a few places that could I be in, when I need to be there to heal/think/retreat, at any given time. Unfortunately they are not places I can get to easily. But they exist, there are a couple in Ireland. And a couple of places here. ANd I suspect, that I will find a few more before I leave this earth. 🙂