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According to the Webster dictionary these are synonyms to describe tranquility:

calmness, hush, peace, peacefulness, placidity, quiet, quietness, quietude, repose, restfulness, sereneness, serenity, still, stillness, calm (or tranquility)

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Barack Obama has improved global tranquility.

“There have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, you know, the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest said Monday.

Uh, my jaw dropped. Really?  Now we have Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Libya, Israel fighting for their lives against Hamas, ISIS beheading other Muslims with brutality that goes beyond belief. and utter mayhem on our border.  And there are too many other places in turmoil to mention.  Now that is what Mr. Earnest calls “tranquility”???  Or rather I need to say what Earnest was ordered to say.

We all know I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road lately but when I can I take my moments of tranquility and savor them.

dog and baby asleepTRANQUILITY

Now here are some examples of what tranquility is to me:

!. I wake up in the morning by Merlin licking me all over my face and bumping me with his head.  He tells me “Woman it’s time to get up and feed me!” I feel calm and peaceful because I know God let me have one more day on this earth to enjoy.  I say “thank you God”. No matter what time Merlin gets me up anywhere between 5am and 7am, I get up readily awaiting the day ahead of me.  I woke up on the right side of the dirt.

2. I take a hike with Merlin and watch him run so fast and then turn around barreling back to me with joy on his face, his eyes lit up like fire, then bowing his head to me.  He says, “Master, I love you so much”.  I feel tranquil.

3. While I am on this hike with Merlin I can see so many places on the farm, all colored by the sun in different ways. I see the Appalachians to the east in a blue mist. I feel dazzled by the beauty.  There is a hush as I hear nothing because I am so surrounded by so much magnificence that God gave us all to enjoy, but we seldom take that moment. In my quietude, I say a prayer thanking God for giving me so much to enjoy.

4. A pair of swallows built a nest under the eaves of my front porch bringing up their 5 peeps. One day I look out and see all 5 babies on the ground ready to take flight. It’s a moment of quiet and awe for me to be able to watch a flock of swallows all trying to get those peeps up in the air while at the same time ready to dive bomb anything that may come near them. Suddenly they take to the skies and every swallow around is flying with the peeps in joy.  I know I saw a miracle of life recycling itself.  I feel a calmness that all five of these peeps got off the ground and safe.

5. I enjoy a lunch at the Senior Center about once or twice a week. Friends surround me of all ages, me being one of the youngest there.  We laugh a lot making jokes.  One of the women at my table is 98 years old, but you would never know it. She laughs and jokes with the rest of us.  She is a gem as is everyone at the table I sit.  I feel restful sharing with these friends.  I feel calm and relaxed.  I love Stella, (the 98-year-old woman) and just have to hug her and tell her I love her before I leave.  She gives me serenity. And she loves me back.

6. It is quiet on my front porch during the afternoon and I sit out there with Merlin if I am home that day. It may be hot in the house, but the porch always has a nice breeze. The only sounds I hear are the horses clip clopping up or down the road carrying the Amish who smile and wave at me.  Merlin lies at my feet loving his brushing time.  I enjoy the beauty of the Amish horses because they have the best ones. It is utterly peaceful and restful.

7. Last but not the least by any stretch, I recall the hush and peace I felt when my granddaughter, Anastasia, was a baby and I would rock her to quiet her.  I sang to her in a quiet voice, “Little Town of Bethlehem” mainly because I could only remember the words of that song.  It seemed right.  Anna would look into my eyes with her big blue eyes and they told me she loved what I was doing.  We locked eyes, she knew I loved her more than anything in this world,  and then she would peacefully fall asleep.  Another moment of hush, quiet, and serenity for both of us.  I savored every moment I had rocking and singing to her.

Now obviously it doesn’t take much to make me happy.  I don’t have a bundle of money,  I live alone now, but I have my Merlin and out of  every window in this house there is a beautiful scene.  I think to myself how blessed I am to live here in this little rural area.  I grew up in the city and I prefer this place in the country.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s perfect for me “because it is tranquil”. 

When I compare what is tranquil to what the Emperor says is tranquil there is no likeness.

I invite everyone who comes to my blog to share what makes you feel tranquil.  Perhaps your ways of feeling tranquil will give us all new ways to experience it. God only knows we need as much peace of mind we can get when the world is blowing up all around us, including our own country.










Comments on: "Tranquility" (16)

  1. Gar Swaffar said:

    Thanks for the insight Pepp.
    Tranquility is joy in its simplest form.


    • peppermintfarm said:


      Thank you for the compliment. It has to be simple for me. I have to enjoy things that are free and there are tons of them.


  2. Bob Roller said:

    Tranquility to me is knowing that even though we have a pathetic group of twirps trying to run the country,God has a way of setting them aside when the time is right.Stay alert,stock up on the things you need for daily life.


    • peppermintfarm said:

      Thanks Bob for letting us know what makes you feel peaceful. Ron and I started stocking up when he was alive. I think I have enough food in here for 6 months and also there is a spring pump where I can get water. Don’t need to depend on city water.


  3. Bob Roller said:

    The joke about our city water is: “It makes fine coffee but DON’T wash your feet or your hair in it”.As far as food is concerned,just about anyone can survive on one meal a day.I knew a man who lived on one meal for the last 25 years of his life and he was nearly 90 when he shuffled off this world.


    • peppermintfarm said:


      LOL! That’s about the same for our city water.

      Oh, I know how to survive on one meal a day. I did it when I was going to school after my divorce to get a new career. I ate either peanut butter or grilled cheese sandwiches because I had so little money for food. So sure it can be done.


  4. My Dear Pepper,
    I would have to add one more “emotion” to your list of definitions — Joy ~!

    I take the words of The Christ literally, when He said, “Love ye one another, even as I have loved you~!”
    In today’s world, it is verboten to see the beauty and divinity in another person, and honor it with the God-felt emotion that bids you tell them, “I Love You”,,, just for the Creation of God that they are, and that the God-force shines through them~!

    I was raised in the Denver metro area, and now am living in a rural area, the past almost 7 years. At this moment, I’m taking a break from mowing a ten-acre plot, and that to me is peaceful,,, but my Bunny Rabbits aren’t too overjoyed with me, right now~! They don’t like the sound of the mower.

    But when it’s quiet, the Bunny Household will gather round my front porch, though not too close~!, and we’ll talk, and enjoy the evening breezes together,,, And the meadowlarks sing their “Ode to Joy” to their life in the most awesomely beautiful way~!

    And Life goes on,,, and in such manner as we choose to enjoy it,,,

    ~ ~ Grouchy ~ ~


    • peppermintfarm said:


      Thanks you for coming by. Yes, joy would be one of those emotions too. I know along with my serenity and other ones I mentioned I feel joy too, especially holding Anastasia and taking Merlin on hikes.

      I so agree with the part about seeing beauty in another person. I tell people like you do that I love them just for who they are, like Stella at the Senior center. I think that there is far too little love shown in our society. If more were shown, I think we’d be a happier society.

      Well you and I have been in our rural places in about the same time, 7 yrs. Don’t you love it? I enjoy mowing because I can instantly see the results of my work. It is peaceful to look at what you’ve accomplished. LOL! I do imagine your bunnies don’t like that sound. My cats go and hide.

      I’m right there with you about listening to all the beautiful songs by birds. That is indeed another joy.

      Thanks so much for adding your times of joy, peace and love.


  5. Beautiful Pepp,

    You really hit it out of the park with that. Who knows what definition (or redenition) they now have for tranquility, but…… well maybe he doesn’t read the news reports you know. Maybe he really only knows what MSNBC tells him. Or maybe because he’s out on the links he assumes the whole world is at peace because he thinks so. Whatever… he needs some serious meds. If that’s the new age definition of Tranquil I don’t want to know what chaos is.(maybe all that tranquility they added to Iran, eh? — a pant load)

    But hearing the birds start out in the morning before the sun comes up, It makes you freeze in that moment of time. Your descriptions were great. Of course they in the cesspool wouldn’t know, see, or feel that. We can consider ourselves fortunate that .we can.


    • peppermintfarm said:


      Thank you.

      I think tranquil to these nut jobs like the Emperor is having the whole world in one big mess then he can feel the joy of knowing his own destructive behavior. I can’t really get inside his head because it’s too difficult to do with someone like him. Yeah, LOL, he needs serious meds all right.

      I wouldn’t want to see what chaos is either if you go by the King’s definition of tranquil. Too scary to even go there.

      Yeah, I heard Kerry today tell Chris Wallace that they are doing one bang up job on stopping Iran from getting a nuke. Another nut who needs meds. The delusions are just too thick.

      Yes, the sound of birds in the morning is one of my favorites too. Thanks for adding that.

      I sure do consider myself blessed to be able to enjoy this earth and all that is on it that gives us so much peace and wonder. I’m glad you do too.


  6. HI Pepper, I like approach for your peace of mind, I am glad it helps you. All the responses above to you are excellent.

    As for president claiming he has improved global tranquility, my answered to that is; Anything is possible in his mind if he doesn’t know what you are talking about.

    Here are a couple of quotes that I feel are appropriate.

    Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.- Napoleon Hill

    Malice toward none and charity for all – Abraham Lincoln

    A few of the ways I am trying to change in my life to achieve some assemblance of tranquility is to guard my tongue from speaking words that might bring evil or hate into my life. I try to ask myself before commenting on a hot issue, is it helpful, inspiring, necessary or kind, if the answer is no then I am better off keeping my mouth closed and not upset myself.

    In coping with the uncontrollable calamities occurring today, my inner peace is utmost important. Whatever a person’s release mechanism is to help with tranquility, weather it be a hobby, being out of doors, a loving pet, in touch with nature, or something as simple as closing your eyes and thinking or imagining pleasant thoughts, we must train ourselves to keep that focus. As the old saying goes, hating only hurts the hater.


    • peppermintfarm said:

      Thanks Walt for your input on what makes you feel good and have peace of mind.

      I was particularly struck by your comment on not hating because it only hurts you. I do the same and practice it because it does take practice and the help of God. I don’t like saying things to anyone that may hurt. If I can’t say something positive to a person, then I hold my tongue. If someone tries to hurt me, I kill them with kindness. So it backfires in their faces actually.

      Of course with liberals I have a hard time of it. But, I try to stay out of a convo with them but sometimes I’m still wanting to say something and did just last night. But it was not a bad comment. Other than that I’ve become pretty good at not getting into it with them any longer. I used to over at Townhall when I had a blog there but it’s a useless exercise and they want to upset you and when you give them what they want they feel powerful. So I don’t allow them to get to me.

      But I’m a straight up person too so if I see someone (especially a good friend) who is being played or taken advantage of by someone else I tell them. Then they can make the decision if they want to continue being played or taken advantage of. It’s really hard for me to stand by and watch that kind of situation but I’ve also learned that people sometimes have to learn for themselves.


  7. WOW ! Supurb post and supurb comment thread by all ! ! My compliments. Everyone take a bow.

    Pepp, you have hit the nail on the head here and I am grateful to you for comparing REAL tranquility to the perverted use by the Resident’s spokesman above. I laughed myself silly when I heard it.

    I am also appreciative of your examples of tranquility. We all need tranquility in our lives, and often times exists and we just don’t take advantage of it. You have reminded me of that side of life and I thank you, Pepp.


    • peppermintfarm said:

      Mrs. Al,

      Thank you so much. And indeed the comments were just great. I am so pleased that the replies have been wonderful. The replies all had different things that they experience as tranquil and I was able to see more of what is peace of mind.

      I think I laughed too after my initial shock when Earnest said that about tranquility. I noticed he had a hard time getting it out. He had to know he was delivering whopper. Just when you think they have told the biggest lies you can imagine, they come out with one even bigger.

      You are welcome Mrs. Al, but to me you already appreciate the tranquil part of our lives from reading you. You are truly an amazing person.


  8. “Tranquility”. Another word the left has bastardized. What with the hot war in the M.E. NOW, I have NO clue as to where THIS bullshit came from, except an obviously deranged mind. “Tranquil” to me will be hearing the cluck has left. Permanently.


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