Being Peace vs. Being at Peace


“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

We are 13 weeks into this year and I'm sure there has been no shortage of activity in your life. To that end, our #Go52 theme of the week is Peaceful. I don't know about you, but for me this theme is right on time.

According to Dictionary.com, peaceful has several definitions. There's a bit from each of these that we can use to describe the state that we seek in our daily lives:

  1. Free from strife, commotion, disorder

  2. relating to or characteristic of a state or time of peace

  3. Not argumentative, quarrelsome, or hostile.

Today’s world moves so swiftly.

There seems to be a steady stream of emails, texts, and notifications, a herd of friends on social networks posting non-stop, events, meetings, and programs to attend, and let’s not forget the actual IRL relationships to maintain. It can be hard to find peace with so many things simultaneously pouring into our cup.

So that’s it, right? "All the things" bubble over our jar of responsibility and we throw our hands up (and maybe scream) in defeat. We could allow that or we can choose to actively be peace.

Being peace means I have control over my actions, words, feelings, responses, and more. Being peace means I can choose which parts of "all the things" I focus on at any given time.

Being peace means I prioritize how I respond to "all the things" in my space.

Being at peace means I’m in search of something or someone else to bring peace to me. Being at peace is a destination vs. a journey, the passenger vs. the driver. Being at peace is a state that you can maintain when you actively are the peace you seek.

When life begins to overflow, would you rather wait in a state of overwhelm for peace to waft over you, or actively find that solace now?

So how do we do it? Let’s build a list together. When "all the things" are happening, how can you be peace?

Let's chat about it! #Go52

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