Coming to a Peaceful Understanding

Last month we spent a lot of time talking about fears. Fears stop us from being the people we were born to be and creating a world around us that will help future generations thrive. When we’re obstructed by our fears we’re unable to see the potential of things or create what is really needed. In order to make the most of our lives we have to take time to understand what’s going on, what it will take to change things, and what we want to see happen or accomplish in the first place. Without proper understanding all other efforts will be mostly fruitless.

The world we live in is going through a lot of turbulence. Whether we’re looking at fighting in the Middle East, the refugee crisis, conflict in Sudan and other parts of Africa, or just what seems to be an almost regular occurrence of school shootings and plane crashes, it’s evident that there is much unrest in our world. We’ve tried fighting to combat the problems, and while it is sometimes necessary to apply force to show people that you mean business and can’t be pushed around, if you really want to have rest and peace it’s necessary to stop fighting and start talking.

Of course, if peace isn’t your goal no amount of discussion will make a difference. However, I believe that our world is better when we’re able to make progress and aren’t struggling just to stay alive. I don’t know about you but I’d like to have more peace in my life, so this weekend and next week I’m going to be open to talking things out with people rather than just barreling ahead and enforcing my way or letting them run me over and have no say.  After all, it’s easier to get people on board with your ideas and making positive changes if they understand where you’re going and why.

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”  Albert Einstein

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