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From Chaos To Peace
"I could see peace instead of this."
This is one of my "well worn" prayers. It's short, sweet and simple. It instantly grounds me in those moments where life seems to come barreling out of the blue or when it isn't going as expected—usually the way I think it's suppose to go! The "pause" button gets hit and I have a moment to reflect. I am faced with a choice--chaos or peace. It's not always easy to choose peace, especially if the people around me are choosing chaos.
One of my favorite stories is about a Mom, a very spiritual woman, with a husband and two children who lived a very hectic, overscheduled life. They never ate meals together because they were all on different busy schedules. More than anything else she wanted her family to slow down and share meals together again. She tried everything she could to make it happen right down to pleading with all of them. No one listened. They kept right on going and she continued to feel caught up in the busyness with no way to control it.
One day she made a decision to focus on her own peacefulness. Regardless of what was happening around her she promised herself she would remain peaceful. She started to eat slowly and enjoy her food at every meal. Initially, her family gave her a very difficult time, but she persevered. At the end of a month her entire family was sitting together at every meal enjoying family time once again.
She made a choice to change herself by honoring her need for peacefulness. She never had to coax, plead, nag or guilt her family into doing what she innately knew to be best. All she did was "be" peace and she drew peacefulness to her.
I want to manage my life, not have it manage me. I know I'm managing my life when I make a choice to see a less than perfect situation from another perspective and change my behavior or attitude around it. I'll come out feeling more peaceful every time. Life will never come up short on chaotic moments. Isn't it wonderful that we can change them in an instant with a few simple words?
posted on: 11/15/2007 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.