If I had a choice between $1 million and my peace, I’d choose my peace. First off, $1 million isn’t a lot of money once Uncle Sam gets his cut. Secondly, peace can stay with me for the duration of my life; if you don’t make money work for you, then eventually it runs out. I don’t ever want to be in a place where I no longer have my peace. That tranquility. That stillness. That unshakable love for who I am and where I am (and even where I’m not). Those are all things that money can’t buy, keep you happy, or plugged into the miracles of life. I look for peace in everything. And with age I’ve learned how critical it is to make a concerted effort to be peace, give peace, and accept that peace isn’t always going to look like you have the upper hand.
To be peace means that you choose to approach each day with gratefulness and an expectant heart for that which is good. Every minute of every hour is not going to be something to write home about. The volatile details that make up our lives can be challenging, annoying, and unnerving. But, allowing those things to alter your attitude and drain the delight from your character will not change the story. You have to be intentional about maintaining the energy that makes you bright, bold, and bountiful in your love for the delicate tapestry of your being.
To give peace means that you choose your battles. I can think of more than a few things and offenses in my life that didn’t warrant a response or reaction, but I gave one. And what exactly did that do besides cause a volcanic eruption of emotions between all parties involved? I’d venture to say…nothing. Sometimes it’s best to let things pass right on by. And it’s not because you don’t have valid points, but because making those points is going to infringe on the harmony you need to be a better human. In that moment, there’s so many more things of importance.
To accept that peace isn’t going to always look like the odds are in your favor means that you understand everyone you encounter is walking a path that you don’t know much if anything about. Living ain’t easy, and all of us govern our lives according to our personal experiences. The fact that we process and internalize differently can sometimes lead to rifts in relationships because we all want to be understood. But, typically no one understands why we are who we are until the dust settles. Frankly, some people have a little more living to do before they know what it means to give peace. You have to be attuned to the concept of loving people where they are to tap into the peace of what it means to win the war instead of exhausting all of you on the battle. A lot about life isn’t about you, and 99% of the time people know when they’re wrong. So, when you have to be the mirror, be patient enough for people to see their reflection. Accept that you haven’t lost anything or been forgotten. You’re really a lifeline for someone who probably hasn’t had the courage to divulge and embrace they’re imperfections.
A life without peace is a life without joy. And if you don’t have joy, then you simply don’t have life. So, as long as I’m here, I choose peace because with that there are mountains I can climb, roads I can travel, seeds I can plant, and no limit to the skies that I can touch.