She always had high hopes and expectations for what she wanted her life to look like. But the reality did not match up.
She was feeling particularly flustered after hearing some bad news from a family member. She was also stressed about her finances. There were many problems at work.
For years, she had vowed to always remain positive. As much as she could. She thought that once she got to a particular age or a particular position in her job, she would be happy and settled.
However, she was realising that it was not that simple. Happiness was very fleeting. She could be happy about one thing but ten minutes later, if one little inconvenience occurred, she could feel completely different.
She realised her mood and temperament was based on fluctuating changes in her life. She had no control over these and when they came, she was really affected by them.
What was the way to combat this, she wondered. Was there a way of achieving true inner peace?
2020 came and went. It was a really difficult year for many and we looked ahead to 2021 with hope.
However, as most of us will have realised, just because the calendar year has changed doesn’t necessarily mean our lives have changed.
The issues and frustrations of 2020 have carried onto this year. There’s been more change and uncertainty.
It’s very easy to get discouraged and lose hope when we are easily affected by what goes on around us.
When we hear the news or about certain things, it’s natural to have an emotional response. But the problem comes when we dwell on these things and let it control our lives.
Problems and frustrations are always going to be part of life. We can spend a lot of time wishing this wasn’t the case. We can ignore problems and distract ourselves with other things. However, this usually makes things worse.
When you have true inner peace, your life is anchored and grounded. You aren’t constantly tossed about by the waves of life.
How do I achieve that, you may be wondering.
There is no simple and straightforward answer to that. It is a lifelong journey of learning more about ourselves and the world. For me, it is my faith that helps.
When we learn to accept our circumstances and be grateful for what we have, life gets a lot easier to handle.
So if there’s a lot going on right now which is affecting you adversely, please be assured that these circumstances will pass too.
Thank you for reading. And don’t forget, spread your smile 😊