“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
This morning when I sat down to work, I deemed my focus for today to be PEACE. Now, in the grand scheme of things, that has nothing to do with work priorities I had set for today, but #onadayliketoday, it seemed that it needed to be at the foundation for the priorities of the day.
Last night, a rain storm rushed through Austin, despite the weather indicating there was no rain forecasted. I could hear the thunder that caused my dog to bark over and over and I could see the lightning that lit up my dark bedroom. The rain pounded on the roof and the window pane for hours and then, just like that, it was over. It was quiet….peaceful.
This morning as I walked the dog and had to navigate around fallen branches and when I drove to my “office” I was able to see all that happened during the storm. Huge trees branches and parts of trees were down all in my neighborhood. What I was seeing was the aftermath of a storm and now, all that existed was the visual that there had been a storm and the peace after the storm.
I started thinking about how I could apply what I was seeing in the physical to my need for peace #onadayliketoday when I’m in search of personal peace.
Determine the source of the storm
A storm is any disturbed state of an environment or in an astronomical body’s atmosphere especially affecting its surface. It may be marked by significant disruptions to normal conditions such as strong wind, tornadoes, hail, thunder and lightning.
When faced with a storm or continued storms, it’s time to do some inventory on the things that continue to rob you of your peace, thereby becoming the source of your storms. What direction are they coming from? Is if from the same direction every time? If there is damage as a result of the storm, then perhaps even determining how the structure (you) is being affected. How do you make the conditions better so that WHEN storms come, you don’t have have to start over from ground zero?
I remember as a little girl and having my first experience of death and trying to look for someone to explain it. All that I could ask my grandmother was “Why Me? Her response was simple but powerful….Why NOT you? What exempts you from troubles, struggles or those things that rob you of peace? It’s how you respond in those “why me” moments. You can choose to respond out of anger or frustration or you can learn how the “why me” can point you in the direction of peace.
Contact Your First Responder
A first responder is a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack.
Who would you call when you have a crisis in your life? Who is the person that “gets you together real quick”? Call that person STAT and let them know the situation and let them perform “CPR” until you are able to get back to peace.
Note: CPR can definitely be done over a glass of wine or having a “parked car conversation”.
The key to maintaining peace in your life is acknowledgment that peace is needed. The, next step is to place “peace borders” in place to establish peace or for continued peace.
Peace borders are there to keep anything/anyone that threatens your peace from entering into your sacred space.
Protect your peace at all costs.
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