There are many parts to having peace and being a “peaceful” human being. I’m only going to look at two. I’d love to see what you would add to the list in the comments!
“Act like an adult.”
“Act your age not your shoe size.”
I believe we’ve all heard these at one point on our journey to our “adult” lives. Well.. maybe not the middle one, that seems to be a 90’s thing. Anywho! These are most often said in an argument or disagreement when the other party feels that our behavior is “beneath” them, or immature.
So stemmed my next question. What does maturity look like?
My first thought was that it comes with age… I was proved wrong.
So I looked a little closer. “Why would maturity come with age? More importantly, why would I think that?” Ah ha! Because with age comes experiences and it’s in those experiences that we gain understanding and training.
Training for what? See the picture below.
It takes a great amount of self-discipline not to retaliate. Something I’m apparently not so good at.. (-.-‘) I emboldened the two words above because I feel that’s the main part of “maturity” that helps us to become peaceful, understanding and training (self-discipline).
Second, happiness is not why we’re here.
“uh.. What?? Wait, I’m sorry. Did you just say what I think you said?! Mmm, gurrrrrl, you crazy!” That’s you. Right now. Or at least that was me when I first heard this.
So let’s give it some thought and we’ll see where it leads.
Happiness is not why we’re here.
“Why do you say that?”
Oh.. So you think we’re here on earth so that you can get that next video game? Or maybe that new furniture set? Or that new pair of shoes? Or maybe that new car! Because these are all things that lead to “happiness.”
So you get that video game/furniture set/pair of shoes/new car… Now what? Are you happy? For how long until you see something else you NEED for “happiness?”
Yeah.. That’s what I thought. We as humans can spend YEARS chasing after these things. I am just as guilty. I think.. “I just need to make my home a place where I feel comfortable, then I’ll be happy!” Yeah, no. My home is comfortable, still don’t have that “happy” sense of wellbeing.
If we’re always chasing that “happy” feeling, how can there be peace? How can there be peace if there’s no rest? I’m not talking about physically, I’m talking internally, emotionally.
How can there be peace if you can’t just stop and be you because you NEED “happy?”
We were put here to help and to glorify.
Have you noticed that the people who help others are some of the most fulfilled, and happy people you’ve ever met?
You help and you do what you’re passionate about, and happiness follows. It’s that simple.
Making a difference makes a difference in you. It glorifies the higher being you believe in by acting out their values. Which makes that happiness even deeper.
That’s a much longer lasting happiness. It’s a lot more stable and a lot more peaceful.
Amazing isn’t it? how understanding, training and helping others can bring you peace?
What else do you think brings you peace?? Share it below or tweet it. I’d love to see what suggestions we can give each other!
“If we all spread a little light, imagine how bright a world it would be.”