Keep the Peace

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Keep the Peace

by Janelle Breese Biagioni

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

~ Thomas Kempis, Catholic Monk (1380-1471)

We all understand what it means to keep the peace in our communities and in the world. It’s not only important, but it is also the law. However, keeping the peace within ourselves should be equally as important and be second nature to us.

I don’t know about you, but often the events in my life leave me feeling frantic and overwhelmed. Nonetheless, I am still able to kick into ‘high gear,’ pull it together and get things done.

People often ask me how I can stay so calm and push through things. My answer: “I’m a fake!” All kidding aside, like so many others, I have the ability to appear cool as a cucumber while my insides churn away. Although I get all I need done, I am left feeling exhausted, tense and agitated. On the other hand, when I take time for myself and stay mindful as I move through the task at hand, I feel calm and peaceful within… and everything still gets done. The difference is in how I feel after, which is amazing. I am relaxed, energized, and ready to take on the next event.

There are a lot of options available to help us learn to be peaceful and to stay calm: meditation, exercise, mindfulness and/or spiritual practice and more. While these all work, each person must determine for his or herself which one works best for them. Moreover, one must be committed to implement strategies throughout the day as he or she goes

Thank you for your input. I will think about it.

Can we chat for a while?

Are you asking for my opinion or thoughts on this?

Look for the humor in things.

Life is fluid and nothing stays the same.

Know your limits and honor them.

Delegate and/or ask for help.

Follow your instinct, listen to your heart and act out of kindness and love.

What others say about you is none of your business.

Retreat.

Don’t read too much into things.

 

January 30, 2012

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