This isn’t the first time we’ve had growing social unrest and it won’t be the last time. There has always been conflict -- through the entire span of recorded human history. (And we have lots of evidence of primitive weaponry from pre-recorded history as well.) It isn’t likely that conflict will go away from the human experience anytime soon -- we’re stuck with it for now.
As we look around the political landscape of the United States and the world, we see a lot of disagreement (to put it mildly). We’ve always been segmented by politics -- that’s nothing new. But it’s more overt than any other time that most of us can remember.
I won’t dwell more here on what may (or may not) be wrong with the world. Five minutes on a news website or a quick scroll through social media can be enough to convince anyone that the sky is falling. It can be enough to make anyone feel very, very troubled. You don't need to read more of that here.
But just because the state of our world appears -- shall we say -- less than ideal...it doesn’t mean that we have to feel powerless or lose our peace. Inner peace is a personal choice. It does not depend on what is (or is not) going on in the world. And -- we don’t need to base how we feel on the emotions of others (especially those telling us how we “should” feel).
I’ve seen and heard so many people over the last few months saying things like “I can’t feel peaceful anymore” or “everything is in chaos and feels out of control” or “I feel like I’ve lost heart.” To these people I say -- don’t lose heart. Don’t give up your peace. Don't let the news decide for you how you will feel today. Remember that no matter what is happening in our world at any given time, it is a temporary condition. Nothing -- no person, experience, or feeling -- can change you without your permission. You are the same strong person that you always have been.
Inner peace -- no matter how far away it may feel -- is always just around the corner. Reach for it. Choose it. Inner peace is your divine right, regardless of circumstance. And yes, you can still care about the issues and feel peaceful at the end of the day. So go ahead, give yourself permission to feel peaceful...in spite of it all.
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