Finding peace in life is a great endeavor to embark upon. It requires us to sometimes say no to the things and people who matter a great deal to us. It does not mean that those things and people lack or have decreased in importance. It just means that finding peace means a great deal more. Once we attain true peace, we try our very best to hold on to it with a firm grip. Why? Because life’s experiences may have exhausted us and depleted our internal resources to the point of wanting to surrender to perceived failure.
As we invest time in ourselves, we realize that we need a power far greater than our own to be able ascend to the level of peace in life that would overthrow whatever cloud life’s disappointments have cast over us. In these moments, we remember that this is a part of our journey. We have to find the pieces that fit and discard those that do not. If we do not, we will soon learn that we have not contributed as much as we may have initially thought. In other words, we are just marking time. There is movement, but we are not really going anywhere.
I value my peace of mind. I arrived at this point several years back, but because I allowed life to overshadow it, I, therefore, became consumed by life. It has only been recently that I acknowledged that I had lost it. After some introspection, I made a conscious decision to regain my peace of mind, regardless of the cost. This means that I am going to have to let go of some things and some people. It does not mean that those people and things have lost value. It does mean, however, that my relationship with them has to end to successfully move forward in fulfilling life’s purpose.
Will there be ill feelings? Maybe. Maybe not. Not to sound callous, but I cannot concern myself with that because, in so doing, I could potentially allow myself to fall back into those old emotional and behavioral patterns. That is counterproductive to what I seek in life. What are your thoughts? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone as this is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God…love others…love yourself!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”