You cannot find happiness? Do
you settle for peace? Letting nothing bother you very much?
Keeping stress at a minimum, frustrations and anger in check?
Not a bad way to amble through life … trying your best to remain
tranquil. The world would certainly be a more peaceful place if
its citizens were more passive. Doubtful this will ever happen
though. For many reasons passions erupt: Sexual energy and
testosterone, pride and covetousness, insult and injury. Oh so
many ways to ignite the sparks of human ire, the lynchpin for
aggression. Span the globe and there is no end to the squabbles,
monumental and picayune. Seems like the world’s populace is
always in a state of escalating confrontation. Irascible
behavior is ubiquitous.
Will this change? Will the human race learn to control its
aggressive tendencies? Can the legacy of the caveman ever be
laid to rest? Modern civilizations have been trying to overcome
this self-defeating, self-consuming barbarism. Large groups of
people have been trying to accommodate one another. Peace
treaties sometimes work. Consider Japan, Germany and the victors
after World War II. There is hope.
But short of a universal lobotomy can mankind ever embrace
peace? Can hearts yet unborn be nurtured with kindness and
respect … for family and friends … for all other? Or will the
obstinacy of the ‘inflated self’ lead to more carnage? You know
the answer … in the short term. Wars are inevitable, tragic and
This may change however. Mass communication is opening up
dialogues on so many levels: Between the sexes, amongst groups
with similar interests involving diverse cultures throughout the
world. Understanding one another and sharing ideas and resources
… this CAN lead to harmonious relationships and a peaceful
One can only hope that individuals will be touched by the
knowledge that LOVING is the reason for their being, that
whatever deters this should be condemned. Then peace will have a
chance … and perhaps happiness.
On a more personal level: You, yes YOU reading this now … are
you at Peace? Most of the time? Secure in your belief that you
are headed in the ‘right’ direction? Sleeping soundly thanks to
a generous, accepting heart? Or are you restless and frustrated
most of the time? Do you live your life constantly trying to
change things … never being satisfied? Do you want more, more,
more? Are you obsessed with ‘improving’? Finding better work … a
nicer neighborhood … new toys? Nothing wrong with this. Unless
it is a constant refrain … year after year. Never being content
with what you do and have … now. The prospect of what lays ahead
your primary concern.
Wouldn’t it be nice to experience some tranquility? An ‘inner
glow’ soothing your psyche? A private feeling of self-adulation
legitimized by a simple, uncorrupted embracing of truth, beauty
and brotherhood? Say what??
You decide each day ‘what you are about’. If your life is
dominated by petty concerns, what ‘pleases’ YOU the determining
factor most of the time, you will never be satisfied. You will
be ‘traveling’ down dead-end roads with a ‘self-first’ attitude;
self-gratification always wanting more. Impossible to experience
an ‘expansion of spirit’ which depends on a commitment to
Caring is the ‘key’. Striving to know more, appreciate more and
sharing in all ways with others … this will keep you open and
receptive to whatever comes your way. You will not ‘travel’ with
blinkers on. You will become more empathetic, compassionate. You
will be at peace with yourself because you ‘are about love’.
So, accept the world; embrace it!! Every experience provides a
challenge. Most are insignificant, a few monumental. Always be
honest and let your deeper self make the ‘right’ decision.
Constantly reconcile your intellect with your heart. Emotions,
desires and pride can insidiously dominate your thoughts. Let
them go!! Rely on your caring to direct your mind in a
wholesome, fulfilling way. This will keep your tendency to view
things with a jaundiced eye to a minimum. You will sleep well.
You will be at PEACE!!
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