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Being Peace

‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’

 ~ Luke 2:14 

 

Are the holidays making you wish you could take some time off from your own life? Does it feel as though things are getting ever more hectic these days, so that you can hardly keep up with the pace?

Well, if it’s any comfort, you’re not alone. On an average day, most of us are faced with an overwhelming variety of choices in many areas of our lives. Faced with almost limitless options and an enormous pile of stuff to do in a day, we are more likely to feel debilitated than exhilarated. More choice may promise greater convenience and comfort, but it isn’t always better for our peace of mind. 

Dr. Wayne Dyer observed that peace isn’t something you ultimately receive when you slow down the pace of your life. Peace, he noted, is what you’re capable of being and bringing to every encounter of your life. Being peaceful is an inner attitude that isn’t dependent on what your surroundings look like. It seldom has anything to do with what the people around you think, say, or do, and a noiseless environment isn’t a requirement.

In his famous prayer “make me an instrument of your peace”, St. Francis of Assisi wasn’t asking for God to provide him with peace. He was asking for guidance to be more like the Source of peace itself. He recognized that being peace is different from looking for peace.

Inner peace isn’t simply about choosing tranquil thoughts when you’re feeling frayed and anxious. It’s about attracting serene, harmonious thoughts and people by allowing “heavenly peace” to shine from within and infuse everything you say and do. In the midst of this busy Christmas season, let us commit to bringing the energy of God’s peace into our daily interactions.

Finding Your Purpose

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.

~ Mark Twain  

Have you ever felt as if you’re walking aimlessly through life with no purpose or direction?  If you do, you’re not alone.

Many people struggle and fret over finding their true passion or purpose in life. The trouble arises when they may spend so much time worrying about it, that they forget to take action!

If this sounds familiar, and you’re ready to get on track with your life purpose, you might want to try the following 7 steps: 

1. Be clear on your “why”.

What’s driving you to discover your life purpose?  Make a list of all the reasons knowing this will improve your quality of life. It’s a good starting point, and it will keep you motivated when you encounter difficulties along the way.

2. Envision your ideal life.

Start with a description of what your typical day looks like when you’re living your purpose. Write down all the things that make you excited about your life, and include all aspects.  For example, what would you be doing now if you were financially free/enjoying excellent health/in a soulmate relationship?

3. Identify your special skills. 

Look back at the things you’ve done with ease or where you’ve excelled.  Also, pay close attention to what others say you’re good at.  This often reveals a special skill you didn’t realize you had. 

4. Get in touch with your core values.

Living a purpose driven life means being focused what matters most. When you begin to seriously think about this, you’ll probably notice that the most important things are rarely material. 

5. Celebrate and embrace ALL your gifts. 

Who says you can have only one purpose? You don’t have to limit yourself to doing one thing for the rest of your life. When you let go of this idea, you’ll open yourself up to opportunities that you may not have considered before. Go out and explore your many talents!

6.  Step out of your comfort zone.

Too often we procrastinate, pass up opportunities, compromise our health, and do everything except what’s best for us… all because we don’t like to feel pain or discomfort. Most people would rather feel discomfort than face their fears. 

Once you face your fears and get out of your comfort zone, however, that’s precisely when you’re most likely to find freedom and joy. You’ll get to know yourself better by expanding your mind and your abilities. 

7. Take time to reflect.

Meditation is a wonderful tool for self-discovery, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time sitting with your eyes closed in lotus position to find your purpose or passion. Set aside a few minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect on what makes you happy, what you want to do with your life and what kind of impact you want to have. In stillness, most of the answers will almost effortlessly be revealed to you. 

Don’t Look Back!

Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!

~ Genesis 19:17  

Don’t look back! This was the admonition the angels gave as they led Lot and his family out of the city of Sodom, just before God destroyed it in wrath.

In so many words, they were saying “Look forward. There’s nothing to gain by watching what happens behind you. Focus on your future and what is ahead of you.” Whatever happened to the city after Lot fled was no longer any of his business – and he couldn’t do anything about it anyway.

As we know of course, Lot’s wife wasn’t all that good at following directions. She couldn’t resist the temptation to look back and see what happened to the city she just left. And she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Why salt? Maybe it’s because too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease…who knows? The bottom line is, Lot’s wife shouldn’t have rejected the strict instructions about looking back. And neither should we.

The end of a calendar year is a traditional time for doing a life review, comparing our goals with our actual achievements, as we plan bigger and better things for the next 12 months.  Going over the past can indeed be a constructive exercise, as long as we don’t dwell there.  Getting stuck on what might have been, wasting energy trying to undo what was done, wallowing in regret or beating ourselves up over our shortcomings serves no useful purpose.  George Washington said, “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.”  This timeless piece of advice is worth keeping in mind as we approach a new year full of opportunity and promise.    

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