|Wonderful words start with the letter P.|
I've always wanted to lead a peaceful life, one in which I am comfortable with my place in the world and one in which i work towards creating a peaceful atmosphere and environment surrounding all that I do. I think being peaceful requires a sense of balance and perspective that takes quite a bit of work to attain. It demands a person to be both detached and attached to the people and circumstances surrounding him or her. A person should be detached enough to understand that in the grand scheme of things, most upsetting and negative situations we encounter daily do not much matter. They mostly consist of petty concerns which can be fixed or ameliorated with relative ease. Therefore it is unnecessary to get overly emotional or angry about things because it wastes time and energy that could be expended elsewhere. By the same token, a person should be attached enough to the people and circumstances in his or her life to care deeply and work diligently at being present in the moment and consistently making an impact. It's important to always keep life in a perspective that recognizes the larger context in which it resides while at the same time maintaining close and meaningful relationships with friends and family.
Patience goes hand-in-hand with peace. It requires the ability to keep calm and view everything with an eye towards the big picture. I always ask myself when I am about to get frustrated or upset, if this is an incident or remark, or moment that will matter when I place it into a larger context. Oftentimes, whatever the issue is, doesn't require an explosive or intense response. If I were to get angry over everything that goes wrong, I would spend a lot of time being negative, and negative energy is wasted time that could have been spent much more meaningfully somewhere else.
Out of all my goals, I struggle the most with productivity. I mean, no one can accuse me of not getting things done. Somedays I am a whirlwind of activity in which every single thing on my list gets accomplished. I feel good knowing I completed x, y, and z, but my idea of productivity goes deeper and feels so much bigger than just finishing mundane activities. I want to be able to say at the end of the day that what I did mattered. I want the energy that I expend to mean something, to have left an impact. Some days I cannot believe that I am forty years old and I am still trying to figure out what kind of impact I want to make on this world. I always thought I would have my shit figured out by now, but in a lot of ways being a grown up hasn't been anything like I imagined it to be when I was a child. Being thoroughly middle-aged and still not knowing what I want to be when I grow up shouldn't necessarily surprise me then.
Nevertheless, I think if I am able to remain peaceful and patient, viewing the world in proper perspective, the productivity will fall in line. Peace will allow me to stay in the moment and patience will keep me from wasting time on negativity. Perspective will give me opportunities to focus on more important things. Besides, one never really knows what kind of impact one has on life in general. What we might think of as petty concerns or random acts might have very large ripples when taken all together over a course of a lifetime. I might be rippling right now and not even be aware of it.
Now it's time for me to put my "P's" in action. Here's looking forward to a day of peace, perspective, patience and productivity. I hope you all have one as well. :)