From Whence, Peace?

It seems like I’m always worried about something.  Not like I fret all day or anything.  Or that I struggle getting productive work done because I’m distracted by worry or stress.  In fact, most of the time (during the daylight hours) I don’t really worry at all.  But, almost without fail, I find a time during the night to wake up, and overly focus on the many areas in my life where I’m either capable of failing or already there.

Lately, I have been wondering whether it is truly possible to find consistent, lasting, inner peace.  The adjectives in the previous statement are key!  I find peace often — when in the mountains, skiing or hiking, etc.; when I spend quality time with my kids; after a night with good friends.  But, it is neither constant nor lasting.  Inevitably, I find something to focus on, in which I’m not finding fulfillment.  I come up with a list of items and tasks that I should be doing, but I’m not.  If only I could get this list knocked down, then I’d feel peace!  But just as inevitably, I do not find the time to work on this list.

Therein lies the challenge!  I have finally figured out the secret to lasting peace!  (He says hopefully.)  I simply need to make time for the tasks that I should be doing.  Inner Peace comes from Doing What I Need to Do.  Of course, the list will change over time, but the strategy remains the same.  I must prioritize those tasks, relationships, activities, that my inner self wants me to accomplish.  I must synchronize my priorities (in the form of time spent) with my values!

Inner Peace comes from Doing What I Need to Do!

Maybe an example is helpful.  Right now, I find that I spend most of my waking hours on Work — accomplishing value-adding tasks for my clients who pay me.  But I’m leaving off the personal enrichment activities — or pushing them so low in the priority queue that I hardly get to them.  So, here’s a list of items I should be working on, day to day, week to week — at this moment:

  • Work on my Greek lessons (so I can wow the crowds in Santorini this October! 😊)
  • Play the piano
  • Write more (hence this epigram!)
  • (Well, this one I do prioritize — check!)
  • Read books consistently (not the news, not social media, but real books!)

Not a long list, but still hard to get done.  Plus, I’m sure I’ll keep adding items to it.  But, if I can master the Priority<->Value Alignment better, I am hopeful, nay confident, that I will spend way less time worrying in the middle of the night.

Here I go!

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