Sunday, November 29, 2009
As the leader of Richard Simmons Spark Team I receive his daily letter. Today's message was just perfect for this time of the year so I thought I would share with all my friends.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Each week, I like to give everyone a little homework. And this week's assignment was for them to tell me their definition of peace. I asked them to share with me the areas of peace in their own lives. Our discussion turned into a really productive chat and I want to share some of their thoughts with you.
To my question...What is peace? Here are some of the responses I got from them:
Peace is loving yourself and enjoying life as it comes. Peace is a feeling, the feeling of being calm, relaxed and confident. Peace is when there is no stress in your life. Peace is the absence of unrest and hostility both in the outside world or in your peace-filled life. Peace is that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when everything you've done is done well and to the best of your ability.
Peace is the feeling of calm, warmth and comfort flowing through you. Peace is taking a deep breath in and letting it out with a smile on your face. Peace is when your heart and mind are in complete unity. True peace begins within your soul and spreads out from there. Peace is the lack of inner struggle, a feeling of happiness and contentment, deep down in your gut.
After all of those wise words, my Clubhouse members shared with me where they find peace in their own lives:
I'm at peace when I'm sitting in church listening to the choir. I'm at peace when I'm with my boyfriend. He's a calm, easygoing soul I can completely relax with. I'm at peace when I spend time with those who love me for who I am. I'm at peace when I hear Christmas music or children laughing. I'm at peace when I say something kind to someone and it brightens their day. I found peace in my career and I finally made peace with food.
I'm peaceful when I say my prayers in the morning and evening. I find peace when I visit my mom and dad's grave sites where I can still talk to them. (I love them so.) I find peace when I'm outside with the sun shining in my face and I can feel its warmth along with a light breeze blowing across my face. It reminds me that life is good.
Wow! I have some pretty smart Clubhouse members, don't I? So, you may ask...what is peace for me? Well, I define peace as loving yourself, the way you are right now. Being at peace means not being afraid of your past or your future. I'm at peace when I come home from Slimmons after teaching a class. I'm peaceful when I'm on the floor with my dog, Hattie as we sit just staring into each others eyes. I'm peaceful when I can help people, sharing with them the gifts God has blessed me with. I'm at peace simply sitting outside in one of my rocking chairs watching the sunset.
Now there were some Club members who told me that they have no peace in their lives at all. I felt very sad for the. Because part of life's journey is all about finding peace while you're here. You should be at peace with the way you look and about the statements you make as you live your life.
For those having difficulty finding peace in their lives, I was asked...how should they begin finding that peace? I told them to make a list of all the areas of their lives where they are not at peace and then get to work making that peace.
For instance, if you're not at peace in your job, then maybe it's time for you to get the training to do something new. If you're not at peace in your home, you may need to rearrange the rules at home to help you find that peace. And if you're not at peace in your personal life, maybe it's time to say good-bye to someone in that area of your life. You've just got to find peace here on earth. It's part of your journey to the next peaceful place in your life.
And oh, there's one more peaceful place for me. I'm at peace when I write these messages for you everyday. Because these words come straight from my heart...to yours!