What does inner peace mean to you? Many will define it as living in luxury or the feeling after accomplishing a huge project or some may describe it as the feeling you get after eating a delicious slice of cheesecake. However, inner peace is much more serious than food or a project it is something we must determine before we can truly live a happy, healthy and most importantly a content life.
Some are forever searching for this inner peace while comparing themselves with others, competing with siblings, or making a bucket list that they may never complete. Most people live very unhappy lives because they have not found this inner peace. Some wish their lives would be different, lived in a bigger home, drove a fancier car, had the perfect family or the perfect job. None of those things will bring inner peace.
Finding our inner peace begins by accepting who you are. Wow! That is huge and perhaps a bit difficult to process. However, it is one of the ways to find the inner peace that truly lives within each and every one of us. You may find yourself upset over what may have occurred years ago and some find it difficult to move on from certain instances in their lives. It is essential to let go of the past and those that may have been a part of it that made a negative impact on your life.
Instead of holding on, learn from the lesson that was attached to the particular situation because if you think hard enough you will realize there was a lesson. Learn from the lesson and move on with your life. The saying – ‘life is too short’ may be associated with the phenomenon of living your dreams. Too often the dreams you have are unachievable and should be left as dreams. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming unless you are working so hard to achieve the dream that it ends up ruining your life in the process. Stop thinking what would have happened if only you had this or that. Instead of living in the life of ‘if only’s‘ start living your life for today.
Finding your inner peace does not mean the negation of worry. The inner peace that you search for is one that will come when you face the greater story. This is not to be confused with the inane things in life because as mentioned life is too short and merely a drop in a bucket compared to your life in eternity. If you think of what your life will be for the rest of eternity, the things of this world will soon grow dim because you will be mindful of the bigger story. The greatest peace of all will come when you make peace with Him.
The greatest offense to Him comes when you think you can determine what happens in your life. The saying that everything in our lives happens for a reason is very true. For a very long time I wrestled with thoughts of why my life was the way it was. It was when I gave up living in the past and started applying the lessons learned from the pain and anguish that the inner peace began to appear.
The inner peace you long for and search for is within you and it begins with letting go and living life today. Stop worrying about the past, stop comparing yourself with others; live the life you have today to the fullest and simply be happy and content. It is possible when you look at the bigger picture and understand our days on this earth are numbered, why live with fear, anger or sadness? Let it all go and you will find the inner peace you long for.