The SCARIEST Word of All

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Change, whoever thought that the truth would be necessary to do it? To be honest with you, I didn’t. This could be why in the past the change I’ve claimed I wanted never happened. I wasn’t intentionally lying to myself about what I needed to do differently, I just chose to believe what I was most comfortable admitting. Thankfully, when you are truly desperate and determined to put an end to what has been holding you back, any previous commitments to false reasoning is significantly weakened.

To purposefully embark on this journey, a healthy dose of ego checking is crucial. See, even if change promises immediate improvement in our lives, we still have to admit that for some time we have been doing things the wrong way, or there was a better way to do them. This can be very hard to accept, especially considering the amount of time we possibly spent convincing ourselves that our previous choices were justified. Not to mention, all the people that we defended ourselves to now will have the privilege of watching us eat our words…ouch. On the other hand, how many times have we decided to stay the same after we knew better,  just to avoid criticism, and be able to continue giving the impression that we weren’t wrong? Too many.

When considering moving forward with change, it is easy to be discouraged at the thought of any uncomfortable moments that may lie ahead. Do not be intimidated by them, there is too much to be gained. The fact is that when you decide to change for the better, you inspire others to as well. It takes a lot of courage to grow in an area that many assumed would never be possible.

Taking this step shows that we are no longer willing to not hold ourselves accountable to fixing what we know we should.  And, that we won’t be controlled by the opinions of people, or what is convenient. Yes, committing to change will require us to do things differently when we are scared, tired, and just plain don’t want to. But each time we do, we become stronger, and ultimately victorious in an area that once had us defeated.

 

Rachel Bryant Lundy

Peace on Earth & Goodwill?

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Hmmmm peace, what exactly is that? And, why do some people radiate with what I think it is, while others entire being screams the opposite? Well, peace can mean something different for all of us. For me, it is a state of inner wellbeing that promotes clarity, satisfaction, and assuredness. The actions that I display on the outside, usually reflects the amount of peace I feel on the inside. I’m beginning to think it is the same for most of us.

One matter I have noticed that tends to bring the most interruption to this peace is how we’ve handled our past, mainly our bad decisions. Did we find strength to move past them, and use what we have learned to our advantage so our future will be better? Or, did we allow it to paralyze us, give away our ability to have the life we desire, and deeply resent others who dared to not be defeated by theirs? As of late I have less tolerance of those who made some bad choices, have consciously chosen to not be at peace with themselves and move forward, and who take out their frustration on anyone else around them that has.

Peace balances us. It makes our best parts shine the brightest, and minimizes the areas that don’t as much. It also allows you to see past yourself, realize your actions affect others, and that it’s not all about you. Peace helps you to be good to yourself and show others how you deserve to be treated. With it you are unstoppable, without it you are doomed. When you have this inner peace, it is typically also shown by extending good will towards men because there is not a focus on fear, anger, and regret. Basically peaceful people aren’t haters. I truly believe that it is doable for each of us to work towards finding our inner peace, and that it’s not too much to ask.

Yep, if I could give one thing to each person, peace would be it. I think it would make all the difference in the world.

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Rachel Bryant Lundy