Have you ever taken time to determine what gives you peace? I have and I do so frequently!
Being a gainfully employed, moderately educated, happily married, mother of 2 very intelligent little people makes me pleased. Being a financial member of the absolute best sorority in the universe keeps me busy. Being a student of social action and politically engaged keeps my fire lit for humanity. Being a daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, god-parent and best-friend keeps me entertained and in constant prayer but none of these things give me peace!
I understand that my peace was never a gift from external elements but rather an instrument from within! Just as practitioners have study their craft, I have to study the peace inside of me. I need to know when it’s off key or out of tune. I have to determine when and how the instrument of peace is played.
What gives me peace is the absence of war or fighting! Every single day that we live our bodies are at war. Some of us are fighting physical illness. Others are fighting with friends or family. Some are fighting for constitutional rights and respect while others are fighting to quiet their inside voices, or mental illness. We fight for attention. We fight for recognition. We fight for acceptance. We fight over what is fair and equitable. We fight over morals. We fight over religion. We fight over what to eat or how to eat. Heck, we even fight over drums and flats. We have become so accustomed to fighting that we no longer acknowledge it as such. It’s become a large part of who we are. We’ve been so conditioned to focus on the fight that we’ve left very little opportunity for peace!
It was not until I realized that I was literally fighting in every area of my life that I began to rethink my priorities. I began to pay attention to me; to accept me; to acknowledge me. I also had to relinquish the desire to acquire these things from others. It was only then that I was able to determine that what gave me peace was me.
I encourage you today to identify those things with which you are fighting. I encourage you to ask yourself where you are in the fight. And, finally, I encourage you to determine if the things you’re fighting are distracting you from your peace.
Now, go get some peace!