I love the word “Peace.” It’s one of those words that makes you want to take a deep breath, breathe it out slowly, and just relax. It instantly takes me away to quiet moments spent alone after the kiddos are in bed for the night. Or, to a sandy white beach by the ocean where I am sipping a fruity drink and doing nothing but soaking up the sun. No troubles, no burdens, no deadlines, no agenda…just peace.
The word peace has a lot of different meanings.
One of my favorite definitions is “a state of tranquility or quiet.” (Merriam-Webster.com, 2021)
Tranquility. Quiet. Yes please! Quiet can seem impossible when you have a busy household full of young children. Peace feels beyond your reach when you are an ambitious career woman climbing the corporate ladder. And tranquility is practically non-existent if you are juggling both at the same time.
Something I’m learning lately, is that I need to create tranquility and quiet in my heart and soul no matter my circumstances. Even when life is chaotic. Ancient Wisdom tells us that God promises peace and quiet when worries flood our mind. But it’s up to us to tap into this promise. We need to intentionally create space for peace in our lives.
That means I need to know what gives me peace in the midst of fighting children, looming deadlines, and frazzled emotions. I should be aware of what activities restore my inner tranquility and what destroys it. Understanding how stress and anxiety feel and manifest in my body helps me to seek peace before I spiral into frustration and overwhelm.
Things bringing me peace lately:
- The We Can Do Hard Things podcast with Glennon Doyle (and sister!)
- Spending time on my deck in the morning with a hot cup of coffee in my hand.
- Using my Truth Statement® Prayer Journal: The One About Resilience a few times a week.
- My prescription meds for depression and anxiety.
- Reading Anne of Green Gables for the millionth time.
- Listening to the turtle doves in the evening.
Coming up with your own list of calm and tranquil activities is a must!
These things keep peace close at hand on the hard days when escaping to the ocean is out of the question. For a few quiet moments I can create peace in the midst of chaos. No agenda. No deadlines. Just me and the turtle doves and a few deep breaths.
With Grace & Grit,