I was speaking with a client today, who's life has been in constant chaos. Everything is a choice. We cannot choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we handle it. Yes, there are things that are given to us, that we don't necessarily want, or like, but how we choose to manage them will shift everything one way or the other.
He said...I just wasn't born with peace. I said...peace doesn't decide who gets a piece and who doesn't. Peace is out there for all of us, all the time. We have to choose it. It doesn't just come to us. We have all experienced moments of peace, it often doesn't stick, because we don't continually choose it It's a choice. It has to be your highest intention to seek peace, or whatever you are seeking. It only comes when you make it your absolute highest priority. We are flooded with choices all day long, every single day. If we allow ourselves to get swept away by all the things that come at us, we will be knocked on our butt over and over. It's impossible to achieve peace this way. It's our choice who we allow into our personal space. We choose what we eat, how much stimulation is too much, how much rest we need. These are just a few things that we can choose to look at in order to bring us more peace.
If peace is your highest priority, then everything that comes your way...you must ask yourself, "Does this give me peace." The deeper you seek peace, the easier it becomes to tune out all the stuff that comes at you. You build a relationship with peace and you'll do anything to nurture it. You made it your highest priority. People can be robbers of peace in your life. How do you want to spend your time? Entertaining people that take your peace away, or surrounding yourself with people that bring you peace.
Everything is a choice....it takes a lot of discipline to get comfortable with this and putting it into action.
The first step is choosing it as a priority. It must be a clear goal and the highest goal. The rest falls into place as you go.