I was recently having a conversation with a very good friend about a few issues in our small community that we are both saddened by.
I won’t go into any details, but let’s just say that a lot of people have had their feelings hurt by nothing more than a lack of communication.
Maybe it is because I have lived through being homeless twice.
Maybe it was when my son chose to take his own life.
Or maybe it was being abandoned by my husband and left to raise a family by myself.
I am not sure which of the tragedies in my life have had the greatest impact on my attitude toward life, and I don’t think it really matters.
All I know for sure is that I have developed the ability to see conflict from several different angles, and therefore rarely allow myself to get drawn into the conflicts.
I have experienced several life-changing events, all of which nearly killed me.
So, I guess I just don’t see the point of creating stress and drama in life just for the sake of being “RIGHT”
Today, I want to share a few strategies that I employ to maintain a peaceful attitude that values PEACE over EGO.
#1: Overcoming Obstacles
We are all presented with obstacles everyday in many different forms.
Obstacles can test and push you and everyone around you to their absolute limit.
As with any experience that you have in life, your perception can make all the difference.
If you look upon the obstacle as a devastating tragedy that you will never recover from, that is exactly what it will be.
If you see it as a challenge and an opportunity, then that will be your experience.
That is the beauty of life. We REALLY do have the power to choose the quality of life we enjoy.
We many not be able to control the experiences, but we have TOTAL control over how we react to those experiences.
#2: Finding Your Path
We all dream.
Some people have faith in those dreams and act upon them.
Others just continue to dream without acting.
When that is the choice you make, more often than not those dreams become the source of anger and resentment and, ultimately, regret.
I truly believe that if we are not following our true path in life, the universe will intervene in some form to get us on track.
Sometimes that bigger plan that we are unaware of unfolds through unexplained and often unwanted events.
#3: Progress Not Perfection
We live in a very results-oriented society.
It’s very easy in any situation to decide how well you should be doing, particularly if you’re comparing your progress to someone else’s.
We are all individuals that progress at a different pace.
The trouble is, while we are looking at and focusing on where we have not gotten to, we are unable to see or appreciate the distance we have already traveled and the improvements made along the way.
You have to have tremendous faith.
I think faith is taking steps without knowing where you will end up or what it will look like when you get there but, just starting out on that journey anyway without any guarantees.
#4: From Tragedy to Transformation
Life is a precious gift that needs to be enjoyed to its fullest at every moment.
You never know when the rug can get pulled from under you.
I believe that Angels can come into our lives in many different forms even in the form of tragedies and accidents.
The tragic experiences in my past have all blessed me with the opportunity of restarting and resetting my life path, which is one of the few things in life that we do have control of.
Everyone has the power to take the first step towards the life of your dreams.
I was given a second chance at life.
Some people aren’t that lucky, so I try to live it fully everyday and I invite you to make a conscious choice to live your life fully, and not just exist.
I don’t think any of us experiences anything that we can’t handle, even if we don’t know we can handle it at the time it happens.
In rising to overcome those difficulties, our lives become more enriched and we grow.
Choose to try more than you choose to quit and I assure you, you’ll succeed more than you fail.
Choose to give more than you take and I think you might find that the rewards are limitless.
Today, I pray that any of you who are experiencing conflict, or tragedy in your lives will be embraced by the loving arms of the Lord.
That your hearts will be softened and your ability to forgive will be strengthened.
Today lets Choose Peace.