Yesterday was International Peace Day.
Many of you may remember when they used to say, “Make peace, not war.” The fact is we all longed for peace. We didn’t want to see our valiant and brave family members hurt or worse. We wanted them home, focusing on their lives, and prosperity. Not the spoils of war.
When you think about it, if you feel that way about outward physical peace, you should feel that way about mental peace. You need peace of mind.
I know our minds are often all over the place. We are worried about our families, health, jobs, finances, etc. Though we have to think about those things, they should not consume us.
Understand there is a direct correlation between physical illness and stress. Stress can be a silent killer.
What should you do?
- Accept the things you can’t change.
I know this is easier said than done, but it must be done. The bottom line is life is full of disappointments, ups, and downs. As sure as we breathe, life will happen and we can’t change that.
Depending on who you are and how you process the world around you, you can journal, meditate, pray, communicate with family/friends. Do what you have to, to accept what’s over you.
- Release control
I know this is a hard one, but sometimes we just have to let go. There is no I in team. When you have help, take the help. There will be plenty of times when you will be alone.
Remember, your ideas are not the only ideas. Multiple minds working together allows for the development of masterpieces.
- Care about you.
We spend so much time stretching ourselves for everyone else. I know your children matter, spouse matters, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, coworkers, boss. They all matter. Do you know who matters most? YOU!
I know you think, “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.” You know what? Maybe it shouldn’t get done. Maybe you just need time to breathe.
Make sure you do something for you each and every day. Those things may include taking a walk, riding a bike, watching your favorite show, reading your favorite books, visiting an animal shelter, etc. The options are many. All you have to do is choose you.
So remember, make peace not war. Your mind depends on it.