The word is peace.
First, I can change my thoughts.
The year ahead will be full of many changes and challenges- some already known, some not yet imagined. It is all too easy to let the stress and uncertainty of life steal our joy, and rob us of our peace. When life starts to feel scary and out of control, and our minds race and we begin to imagine the worst, we can remember that we control our thoughts. I can make the decision to stop the negative flow of thoughts and choose peaceful ones.
Second, I can change my interactions.
I accept that I can not bring about world peace. But, I surely have the ability to bring peace to my personal world. The way I interact with others changes when I use peace as my guide. I can choose to bring fire or peace to any encounter. I cannot bring peace if my heart is full of anger and resentment. I bring fire if my words are harsh, and my tone is disagreeable. I can bring peace to my interactions if I listen with understanding, practice compassion over judgment, and express kindness instead of anger. These days a smile, a kind word, and a thank you can go a long way.
when peace seems impossible,
and my circumstances seem wildly out of control,
and my mind cannot be quieted,
and I don't know what else to do,
I know that I can rely on my faith. Having peace in my soul is only possible with God.
Acknowledging my limitations, conceding that I am not in charge of everything, and
accepting that God is-
That is the surefire path to peace.
I may spend the next 50 years continuing to search for peace. And I may keep trying and failing to add more peace to my world, but in the end, I know that God's peace is the only one that really matters.