Blog #590 Inner Peace – II

Some keys to Inner-Peace – part II

Continuing this link to Inner Peace.  Let’s see what is there and how we can apply it.

-11 Make – and work on – Goals.  There is an adage, if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll never get there!!  The goals don’t have to be huge, but you need to make them. Maybe even goals like to be nicer, to swear less (or not at all), to smile more, or to be on-time.  While I like SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely), I’,m not going into that concept now. But, make and work on your goals to be a better version of you.

-12 Accept what you can’t change.  Reinhold Niebuhr wrote what is called the Serenity Prayer: ““God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  If you can’t change the weather, accept it!! If you can’t change Washington politics (vote) but then accept what you cannot change.

-13 Don’t take yourself too seriously.  There are times I can laugh at myself. I am one of about 7.5 billion people on this planet.  I am NOT the most important person. Be flexible, try to understand others – (we are all made in the image of God)

-14 Love all the way.  Give unconditional love; don’t have expectations about others; don’t judge them; be vulnerable and live without fear.  

-15 Focus on the best-case outcome.  Mental experts suggest that having images in our minds can overcome problems.  If you focus on getting cancer, it is like focusing on the negative. Focus on health and good things.

-16 Let it go.  Something happened?  Let it go. Don’t harbor grudges as they will drag you down.  Your father abused you, find it in your heart to let it go, find a way to forgive.  The article says ‘don’t go down with the ship’.

-17 Be grateful.  Yes, give thanks, focus on the good – in yourself and others.  Be grateful for your blessings (and lessons – even for the tough lessons)

Hmmm … I thought I was going to finish the list, but I’ll be back tomorrow to look at the last items.

The main points I like out of this are:  Let it go; and be grateful. You get to choose who you are – a mean, spiteful, angry person, or a loving, forgiving, happy person.

What do you think?


Posted by Bruce White

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