Peace Along Your Path

Growing up in an alcoholic home, peace was something I didn’t get to experience much.  Even if things were quiet, I perpetually anticipated a coming storm.  I didn’t understand this about myself until I was in my early forties.

I recreated this constant sense of dread by marrying an alcoholic… and this was the least of our problems.  My second marriage was not to an alcoholic, but to someone whose inability to manage himself closely resembled the behaviors of an addict.  My purpose here is not to place blame, but to note that my own addiction to chaos was preventing me from enjoying the very peace that I claimed to want in my life.

In my quest for peace, that I realized I really didn’t know what it felt like.  In fact, someone once said to me that no matter what was going on, I never looked ruffled.  I had to confess that it was often in these times, there was a tempest swirling around inside of me.

In order to experience peace, I began meditating… and sometimes simply sitting on my back deck doing nothing.  I began to realize that for the first time since I could remember, there was no drama in my life.  I also realized that this was an odd feeling.  I started to make the connection that, in the past, when this odd feeling arose, my remedy was to create some chaos so I could feel normal again.  Of course I did not do this on a conscious level.

After several years of practicing being at peace, I can say that I am quite good at it.  I have also learned that part of staying at peace is forgiving others because they were only doing what they knew with the information they had at the time.  An even bigger portion of my peace comes from forgiving myself, for the very same reason.

With that said, I ran across this blessing, on Wandering Voiceless
posted on January 27, 2014 by .  Read the rest of her post here.  And may you have peace along your path.

Peace Be With You Always As You Wander Your Life’s Path…

Peace be with you as you leave your broken childhood behind…

Peace be with you as you spread your wings and fly from a happy childhood home…

Peace be with you as you find your way in life…

Peace be with you as you flit from job to job, class to class, relationship to relationship, looking for that “just right” one…

Peace be with you as you settle into routine…

Peace be with you as you welcome your own children into the world…

Peace be with you as you raise your children better than your parents raised you…

Peace be with you as you raise your children exactly as you were raised…

Peace be with you as you push your children out of the nest to soar on their own strong wings…

Peace be with you as your children climb back into the nest because the world isn’t ready for them, or they aren’t ready for the world…

Peace be with you as you struggle with your parents’ health issues, or your own health, or God forbid,  your child’s health…

Peace be with you as you bask in the unconditional love of grandchildren and the pure joy of knowing you can send them back to their own parents when you’re tired… except you’re never tired around them…

Peace be with you if you have no children, or fur children, or nieces and nephews that you influence and nurture…

Peace be with you as you travel the world and learn the perspective of someone whose life hasn’t been as blessed as your own… 

Peace be with you as you struggle to pay your bills and keep a roof over your head… 

Peace be with you as you suffer the loss of loved ones dear to you, friends and acquaintances, too…  for all touched your heart while they shared their time and space with you… 

Peace be with you as you enjoy the sunset of your life… celebrating your accomplishments and forgiving yourself your failures, because in every failure there was a lesson learned…

Peace be with you always as you wander your life’s path… wherever that path may lead you..

Peace.


4 thoughts on “Peace Along Your Path

    1. Sarah, after reading about you, I would say we have a lot in common. I will be checking out your websites. Hopefully you will find more on my blog that is of interest to you.

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