Living with Peace | Anne Elizabeth Denny

Living with Peace

Peace. It can be so difficult to experience. In our noisy, busy, overextended lives, experiencing inner peace is a daily challenge. I define peace as quiet contentment and tranquility. Living with peace reflects a sense of harmony and acceptance with life’s journey.

Peace and tranquility at sunrise on Rainy Lake

Photo Courtesy: Steven Robert Stromberg

Over the past several weeks, this blog has been exploring the merits of preparing for end-of-life decisions. You’ve been challenged to push past denial. You’ve read how thoughtful planning creates peace of mind for you and your loved ones. There is tremendous value in knowing your preferences for end-of-life care will be honored. Moreover, making your instructions clear can help your family to stay united and be at peace through the journey with you.

And yet…I believe each of us needs more peace in the present.

Living with peace is a discipline that requires regular practice. Embracing these five dimensions of peace can foster greater contentment and tranquility in our lives.

  1. Peace with God. The deepest, truest peace—a peace that passes our human understanding—has a divine source. Knowing there is a sovereign God is a powerful bedrock foundation for a peace-filled life.
  2. Peace with loved ones.  One of the saddest phrases I hear as families grapple with grief is “I thought we’d have more time.” The unfinished business of broken relationships magnifies the sadness of loss. Take the initiative to reach out now to reconcile with an estranged sibling, parent, adult child or friend. Seek forgiveness. Offer forgiveness. Instead of leaving wounds unhealed, build a bridge towards resolution in the present.
  3. Peace with the circumstances you can control. In spite of the myriad circumstances that we cannot control (see #1 above), we can exercise personal responsibility over much of our lives. Choosing to live within our financial means, taking care of our health, and preparing for future decisions, all reduce stress. These proactive strategies subdue worry—the first enemy of peace.
  4. Peace with what you have. Envy is the second enemy of peace. Advertisers exploit this human weakness. Practicing gratitude is a powerful antidote to discontentment and materialism. Peace flows more freely within a grateful heart. Count your blessings!
  5. Peace with your time. If life is too busy to allow for quiet, practice the art of saying “no.” Try reducing your scheduled commitments. It is a choice. Peace needs room to grow.

None of us knows when our time will come. “I thought I’d have more time” is such a sad reflection. Peace of mind for the end-of-life journey is priceless. So too is living with peace in the present. We reap rich benefits in the here and now—and for the end-of-life journey—when we choose to practice peace.

What are some ways that you practice peace in your life?

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  1. What a wonderful article on peace. I’m passing this along to friends. As I age, I find that to stay peaceful, I need to reflect from time to time on what ideas, beliefs, old “stuff” no longer serves me. I need to let go, let go, let go of such things whether that’s something that happened long ago that I’m still carrying around or some negative belief about myself, others or how the world operates. Doing this frequent letting go brings me far more peace than carrying around that old baggage.

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