It’s amazing how fast time flies. There are always a million reasons to be on the go, go, go! Today the challenge is to SLOW DOWN. Yes in capitals, not to indicate yelling, shouting or screaming at you but to be bold, serious and profound. The theory of slowing down seems fictional but the facts are that it is very possible. It is possible and to do so even in the mist of the challenge(s) is rewarding in so many ways.
Just one way would be feel at peace. Ahhhh, peace; many of you say what is that? Peace, a noun defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is 1: a state of tranquility or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace> 2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3: harmony in personal relations.
See, doesn’t peace seem worth it? Have you ever gone to a day spa, enjoyed an hour long massage? Have you ever been outside on a beautiful summer day in your backyard bbq-ing, never once worrying about if someone might come over and disturb you and your family? Have you ever been able to voice your opinions, thoughts or emotions without guilt, reprimand or negative consequence? Have you ever felt like this statement to be true in your life: The grass is definitely greener on my side of the fence. Now that is an awesome statement to make.
Peace is such an achievable act, an important one. Without peace imagine the world today. Some of the most prominent leaders, memorable persons that have blessed us with their legacies have had a thing or two to say about peace. Benjamin Franklin said, “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” Helen Keller said, “I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” One of my personal favorites, as my old alma mater high school had a drum corps like no other. You could hear the pounding drums in the morning hours miles away it was beautiful. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I was a drum major for peace.” Although a million more quotes can be listed, the one that matters most is your own.
Today the challenge is to stop and make a quick list of what you are thankful for. Don’t just think you do this when it’s Thanksgiving, do it often. Do it to remind yourself how wonderful your life is. Bring about today’s peace by beginning a habit of daily appreciation of the life you live today. Start with obvious and simple things :your’ and your loved ones health, use of two limbs (for most of us), two working eyes (it counts even with the used of inch thick glasses for some of us). Among a long list we should definitely include our children. Maybe that particular blessing should be at the top of the list right after God’s grace. Work daily to achieve your own personal peace.