Hi peter, great post. I feel that you found a way to open yourself up to the world and let its beauty calm you. You accepted what it was, where you were, and thru acceptance you found peace.
How many of us can find peace like that? I tell people about living with less, enjoying the simple things more. A walk in the woods with a friend (two legged or four) is a great way to let the stress of life leave you. I especially love seeing my favorite trails change thru the seasons.
Peace, once you find it, is half the battle won. Cause once you really experience it, true peace in your heart and mind, then you will activly seek it again and again.
Glad to see you smiling.