“Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky
This realization can actually be quite liberating–when we accept that we do not have to change others to experience peace of mind, or peace of heart for that matter, we recognize that everything we need we possess. This frees us from the impossible task of changing others, and most importantly, empowers us to create our own peace, on our own terms, whenever we want.
When I think back over the times I have let go of my peace of mind as a result of the actions of others, I realize that I have wasted a lot of time, energy, and positive potential being upset for no real reason at all. The loss of my peace of mind–even if only temporary–was a choice I made and accepted, and was not caused by anyone else.
Even in the midst of difficulties and turmoil, when it seems impossible to retain our peace of mind, we still have the option to. And doing so allows us to keep a positive and level-headed approach to life in the midst of the difficulties we are dealing with, as well as allowing us to still be a positive and effective friend to those who need us.
Our peace of mind is something we control… nobody takes it away from us. So whenever you are confronted with difficulties in life, always remember to ask yourself, “Am I going to lose my peace of mind, or keep it?” Life leaves this choice up to each of us.
Find acceptance with others around you today.
Questions to consider:
What are some things that seem to diminish your peace of mind?
When do you experience the greatest sense of peace? How can you maintain that feeling even during times of turmoil?
Why do we often correlate peace of mind to peace with others? How does this lead to us placing its dependency upon the words and actions of others?
For further thought:
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” ~ Peace Pilgrim