If you’ve read my story you know that I had a deep inner shift when I encountered a stranger in a not so friendly way. It was then and there that I understood that Peace begins with me. If I want peace I have to offer it first. I need to be responsible for anything and everything that I say and do. As I’ve distanced myself from this event I’ve come to see that in that moment I felt my power. So not only did I feel responsible for offering peace I felt powerful enough to do it. I fondly refer to this power as a “me” muscle and one that we all have.
As I’ve said before as with any other muscle group it takes work to get here and it takes work to stay here. The interesting thing is that recently I fell off the wagon and offering peace was the furthest thing from my mind. I got absorbed with house projects and other family items that distracted me from working on this part of myself. My patience was thin, I was exhausted and I lost my cool on several occasions. Of course I was not the only one, but then I’m only in control of my choices and how I react under stressful circumstances. I failed.
I see now that I can choose to put this part of myself on the backburner for only a limited amount of time; maybe a day at the most.
It is the same as eating healthy and exercising for months and then going on a binge and not doing anything physical other than eating while on a week’s vacation. You come back feeling bloated, having gained weight and disappointed at your loss of control. Eat a Big Mac or two and you’ll definitely feel the effects.
There is good news though. You can get back on track and start where you left off. You’re a little sore and out of practice. You feel hungrier for a while because you’ve been out of control. But when you recognize how much better and healthier you felt while you were doing the right thing it’s worth a little bit of pain to get back to that place.
I’ve come so far and still have a long way to go and I’m okay with that. Sometimes you have to veer off track to prove that you were on the right road to begin with. I see that now as clearly as I ever did. Life is still amazing and as long as I work on my “me” muscle it is even better; for me and especially those around me. Peace always has and always will begin with me.
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Until next time….
Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.