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How to Find Serenity in The New Year

Happy Monday!

(This week I am taking the opportunity to feature a favorite post from the earlier days of m.e.l.t. While this post is not new, I hope you find that the message still resonates and is of value. Enjoy!  JC)

 

Holiday joy does not come without a cost. For all the excitement, fun and love, there were long lines, holiday shopping, family obligations, extra cooking/baking/cleaning, finishing end-of-year business at work-–and so much more.

And that’s how it should be. Expecting pleasure without incurring pain is an unrealistic fantasy.

I’m not saying you should highlight the pain (the negative) in all situations. Just be aware so it will be part of 2020’s planning and expectations.

As Dr. Demartini (a behavioral and personal development expert) says, The goal is to find balance and operate out of love.

 Love is in the middle of pain and pleasure – it’s showing acceptance and gratitude for both sides.

In a world where we are always on the go and constantly bombarded with bad news from all forms of media, it is an enormous challenge to find serenity. If we don’t find a place of peace—a refuge within ourselves—we lose our life balance, we stop thinking clearly, and we experience exhausting highs and lows.

 

 

Finding Serenity

Regardless of your religious views, I suggest you look to the Serenity Prayer, by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, for inspiration. Although the exact wording is often slightly changed, it always speaks to the concept of loving where you are at and accepting both the negative and the positive. This acceptance releases an incredible amount of stress, anxiety & frustration.

When I find myself stuck in a low place, I affirm the entire prayer. It’s really worth your time to read the entire prayer and write it out on a piece of paper that you can keep close to you. But here are somes lines that particularly resonate with me:

 

“To accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,

As it is, not as I would have it.”

 

Life is a beautiful gift and is meant to be lived as fully as possible–each day. But life is also hard and will smack you around every so often.

On the cusp of the New Year, I encourage you to dig deep and find your place of peace. It will give you serenity and help you balance all that life brings you in 2020!

 

#meltmonday
#meltmindset

JC

 

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