Supporting Others to Find Peace

It’s December 1, 2020. We’re nearing the end of a contested presidential election. Millions of people are under-employed or unemployed. Thousands have died due to the mishandling of the coronavirus. Wearing a mask to protect one’s self and or others have become a constitutional debate. The political atmosphere has heightened our attention to both social and racial injustices. Militia groups are spreading threatening messages of civil unrest if the election outcome isn’t for their selected candidate. Several men have even been arrested for a plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan.

The confirmation hearing for the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement happened, although we were literally in the middle of an election. Some children are still not able to return to school. The second and third waves of the uptick in coronavirus cases is upon us. The stock market is struggling to rebound. Businesses are closing permanently. Climate change is happening right before our eyes. We’ve had an aggressive Hurricane season, and there are still areas that are battling wildfires. What a year! Right???

With all that is going on, it’s hard to find peace, even for those of us who are intentional in our pursuit. I understand now that we have to reinvent what peace means daily. My husband and I have been blessed to be able to keep our primary income. Our children can eat. They are back to in-person instruction for school. Our home and our health are intact despite a rough patch earlier in the year. Of course, we are taking the necessary precautions as provided by the CDC and will continue to do so. I recognize how very fortunate we are and have been doing what I can to support those who are not as fortunate as we’ve been.

It’s hard to find peace when you’re worried about feeding your children or having enough money to pay bills. And even harder when your loved ones are suffering. It’s most difficult to have peace when you don’t have the support you need in many areas of your life. I am learning how to navigate life in a new way, be more appreciative of what I have, and share what I have with those in need. I’ve come to realize that as much as I want to stay in the comfort of my own home and avoid people outside of my immediate circle, we must be present for others. We must give energy, time, and effort to ensuring that others are okay. So today, what gives me peace is supporting others who are in need.

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to help someone when you – yourself need something. But please trust me on this, and do it.

Until next time, do all you can to keep your peace.

Now get you some peace!

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