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What if you had given your all to everyone, and nothing was left for you. In a nutshell, you were missing your inner peace. How would you handle it? What if you were told, “You look drained and you need to take some time for you.” What would be your response? What if you went in search of something but had no idea what that something was. Where does your search begin?
All of those “what ifs” and many more could be asked of anyone. Oddly enough, everyone’s response may be a little different. Going through the motions of life, there are times when there is so much happening around us that we fail to recognize what was happening on the inside. That is when it is time to step back from life’s challenges, turn off the voices of others and go on a search - a search for inner peace.
The search begins in your bedroom. During this short period, you are searching for your suitcase, a journal or note pad, and a few essential clothes. You are packing to go to a place that does not include friends and family. You are preparing to search for your inner peace. That place can be anywhere (outside your home) that will allow you to think, pray, meditate and try to return home as a renewed woman, slightly different from the woman who left a few days earlier.
To desire inner peace is one thing but to consciously work towards obtaining it is another. So the work begins:
Day one – Identify and write down the things or people that prevent you from having inner peace. Be very specific as to how they affect you. If they are depleting you, perhaps this is an indication that a change needs to occur. It is not necessary to devise a plan of action at this time. The key is identifying the challenge.
Day two – Revisit your list from the previous day. Place the items you wrote down in order of how important they are to change. Under each item, create two or three bullet items that can be your plan of action. Write the affect this will have on you once it is changed. Please note, this is subject to change because the future cannot be predicted.
Day three – Review your list, plan of action, perceived outcome and make adjustments as you see fit. It is time to return home. It is time for you to have the inner peace you desire.
With plans in hand, begin the next phase of your journey toward inner peace. You are the only one who can fulfill your need for inner peace. Clear the clutter of people or things to reach your goal. Each day that you complete an item on your list will bring you closer to the end of your journey for inner peace. The woman who packed her bags a few days ago will emerge anew in the coming days, weeks, or months. As stated by Dr. Brian L. Weiss, ” You are greater than your fears, anxieties, bitterness, and worries – you are even greater than your own suffering.” The inner peace you desire is within reach. Where does your search begin?
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