Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Peace or Stress, You have a Choice

Which one do you want for today? Often we do not think about this as a choice – probably never. Think about it … you wake up, get ready for your day, begin your day driving and listening to the continued static talk of the radio, appear at work and maybe get creative, go home, eat dinner, watch T.V., go to bed and then start all over again.

In between these events, we are stressed, overwhelmed, hurt and angry, and then we wonder why our life is the way it is. If I told you it is only because you did not make a conscious decision on what you wanted your day to be like, would you make the choice daily?

If you choose peace, then just take small steps and have fun with it. Here are a few suggestions I have found to start living a peaceful life.

Choose peace, or the opposite of stress, every morning at the same time (while brushing your teeth, drinking your first cup of coffee or walking the dog).
Make a list of people you want to thank, and thank at least one person a day.
Waive and smile at people you pass in the store, driving or walking.
Check back in with yourself every hour to make sure you still want peace.

There are other ways to live in peace, but these are simple, basic ways that will make you feel good, without overwhelming you.

If you choose stress, enjoy it, feel it and remember it was your choice, not anyone else’s. Also make sure to let those around you know your choice – it’s the least you can do.

Peace does not come from external forces. It does not come from someone else or a better job. It is truly about what is inside you.

This is hard to hear, I know, because we have been programmed all of our lives to believe peace is something too big to obtain and that it comes from others, not ourselves. Many of us dream about what “peace on earth” would be like, but we think it’ll never happen, because we have no earthly idea how it could ever be accomplished. We mistakenly think it would take people bigger and more powerful than us to accomplish peace on earth, so we give up on it and go back to our stressed out lives.

But take a minute and think about what you want. If it’s peace in your life, then all you need to focus on is your peace, not the world’s peace. When you focus on your peace, the people around you benefit, then the community benefits, then our country and then our world. It is a powerful ripple effect to all mankind and then back to you.

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