Well, hey! How are ya! I know, I know… I’ve been on quite the hiatus pursuing peace in my personal life. It got pretty rough here for a bit, but thankfully, my circle of sister-friends, husband, and prayer partners helped filter out the garbage I allowed myself to accumulate. That was the hard part.
Have you ever noticed when you plan to organize and categorize the clutter that you pick up from engaging in other people’s stuff, you find yourself anxious? Almost like their issues are now your issues, too?
Yeah, I was there. I sat amongst a group of educated women of color and was wholly engaged in their mess. It was horrible, and to make matters worse, I allowed them to cross boundaries that I cherished and designed to maintain my own peace. Imagine that. I took my own advice and removed myself from the mess but not nearly as soon as I should have.
The fallout from removing myself has resulted in more time for self-reflection, more family time, more time to do the things that I absolutely love, more time to grieve the people I lost, and more time to celebrate the people I love. How about that for gains! We’ve learned to live in this new normal for the past few years. We have all been impacted by the coronavirus COVID19 in some way. Whether we’re better for it or not is still being determined. Through the mess of my acquaintances and the mess of the pandemic, I’ve learned that maintaining peace is difficult. Being peaceful is sometimes tricky.
And you know what, that is okay!
We will have heavy days! We will have great days and some that are just meh! This is important to remember in your quest for inner peace. It is also possible to have absolute chaos around you while maintaining your inner peace. Here’s the thing, your peace is yours and yours alone! If you have it, keep it. If you’ve lost it, find it.
If you need help finding it, start with a list. First, list all the things you love… and do more of that! Second, release anything that prevents you from doing the things you love.
This peace that I have, it’s mine! I’m choosing to keep it.
Now, Go get you some peace!!