Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm, but peace within the storm.
This very thing has been happening to me lately. I keep hearing quotes and reading inspiring emails and blog posts that are all driving home a point near and dear to me --- the importance of finding a place of peace. A place to slow down, breath and just be.
None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.
I gotta admit, such a place is not easy for me to find right now. And if ever I needed such a place, now would be the time. The stress of being a caretaker of five people plus myself --- and occasionally the Geek if he's acting especially childish;) --- is taking it's toll. No doubt about it folks, I need me some peace and I need it now!
Serenity Now! Serenity Now!
Frank Costanza from the show 'Seinfeld'
So the question is where does one find such a place? What about you? Where to you go to catch your breath and be still? What do you do that helps you quiet your soul?
Sadly, I have been putting finding peace at the bottom of my mile long to-do list. As much as I need it, I just can't seem to make the time or place for it as much as I should. If I'm lucky, I get a few moments to myself every evening after everyone has fallen asleep and I take a shower. It's easy to spend the time going over all that didn't get done and all that needs my attention the next day. There are sometimes, however, I am able to let my mind drift and when I do, I picture my ideal place of peace. A place I don't get to very often in reality --- a rocky bluff overlooking the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. On those rare occasions I can shut off my racing mind, I close my eyes and I can hear the waves crashing. I breath deeply and I feel the tension lifting. For a few moments I allow myself to just "be".
Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace.
I am also trying to make a habit of finding little moments of joy throughout my day. A while ago I started a photo project where I challenged myself to take at least one photo every day of something that brings me happiness. I even started a blog about it here. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to post as much as I had planned, but I have continued to take photos of the happy minutia in my life. Taking snapshots like this force me to slow down, focus on living for a moment and maybe, just maybe. bring a little peace to my weary soul.