The Peace Within

Forgiveness is Freedom

 
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Yesterday I was listening to a programme and the topic was about Peace, not the world peace but the peace within each of us. How many of us realise that the peace we all search for is within us and we all just need to learn how to access it. It is not an easy route to follow but once you are on that road it becomes so much easier to access until it is full blown alive and accessible to whenever you need it.

First one must learn that to be at peace with the world around you and towards others you have to be at peace with yourself. You need to accept who you are, warts and all.

Then one must learn to Trust. Yes, to trust in yourself, to learn to go with that gut feeling that leads to peace. When you don’t feel right about doing something or saying something then don’t go with it. If it is right you will have a great sense of peace about it then, even if others say it isn’t right, you go along and do it.

Then there is a thing called Humility. One of the hardest things to live by. Our Egos are a very real thing and to live with humility is a big step for most of us. We have a lot of pride in ourselves and we need to let it go.

Letting go…….. Another hard rule to live by. We need to realise that holding onto small petty things is a waste of time and energy. Is it really a train smash that our men leave the toilet seat up, want to watch sport all Saturday (make Sunday the family time), etc? One cannot change a person, you can only change your attitude about the things around you that irritate you.

Then the most important step of all……. Forgiveness!

I think that this maybe the hardest step of all. Be the peacemaker even if you are not in the wrong. Be the one to show others that forgiveness is not such a bad thing. Forgiveness is more for you that for the other person. You are the one that will gain by all that peace, not having all that anger inside you. Remember, the other person has long forgotten what they have said and did and moved on…….you are the one that is harbouring all that bitterness and it is not good for your mental and physical health

I think that it all starts with you as a person gaining all that inner peace and that in turn spreads out to those around you. They see how peaceful and serene you are and want what you have, which in turns spreads to more and more people. Then, who knows, maybe it will spill into World Peace…….

Be Blessed out here.

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Walking a mile in their shoes

How many of us really understand poverty? Most of us tend to say that we understand what it is all about but until you have actually ‘walked in the shoes’ of poverty or extreme hardships you do not really understand the full scope of it. How many of us (me included) say about the unemployed to ‘get a job’ or ‘clean houses’ or ‘cut lawns’ but until recently I have not had the privilege to be amongst the unemployed and truly say that it is a hardship like none other. Trying to start one’s own business to earn an income is even harder. Today I have a new respect for those on the street…..it can easily be me….

How we take things for granted, like even a tube of toothpaste…. How many of you have actually used up a full tube until your fingers have squeezed out the last drop before throwing it away. How many of you have used ordinary soap to wash your hair, counted out every last cent to make it count.

Jobs are scarce and more so for the older generation. Nobody hires folk who are in their middle ages and beyond and heaven forbid that you do not have any specific set of skills then you are even more screwed! Hardship, poverty and unemployment are not just centred on the uneducated, it affects us all. It has no colour creed or gender specifics, it does not matter what your background is or who you are.

Hardships that border on poverty can break you mentally and physically, it humbles you, it takes away all sense of pride and ego. It can either strengthen who you are as a person or else it can break you if you allow it to.

Living hand to mouth on a daily basis has only made me turn to Him in total dependence and ask for His daily strength and wisdom. My faith has not weakened and I will continue to trust in my God for I know He will never forsake me. I have been blessed by never going to bed hungry as He has seen to my bodily needs even if it has just been scrambled eggs on toast. This is about learning to live on His daily Word and trusting in Him completely.

So please, when that person comes asking for food or a job, don’t turn him or her away…..it took greatness of courage to come up and ask for it. And don’t frown on the unemployed standing along the roads…it could be you!

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