My awesome friend has created a challenge that I feel we all need to participate in. Go to her page for details. Below is my Day 4.
I’m starting to see a pattern here. LOL. All of the things that make me feel good about myself or that I love, also bring me peace. Let’s see if I can add some things.
God. As I have gotten older, this is one of the few things I pray for constantly. At any point in my life when I didn’t have peace, it was because I had become disconnected from God. Even when things are going wrong, as this relationship grows stronger so does my peace. That is an amazing feeling; to have peace in the midst of a storm. It’s weird at first. You want to ask yourself, “How am I calm? How am I even smiling right now? It’s a lot going on!” But once you realize that worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it only robs you of today’s peace…you learn to protect that peace at all costs. God is the best way to do that.
Writing. I know, I know…I say this a lot. The blog isn’t called Write to Recover for nothing! The most peaceful thing about writing is that it is judgment free. If I revealed some of the things I write that never get published, people would think I was crazy. I’ll admit to even going back to read something and think, “Whew chile…you were going through it then.” Writing helps get those emotions out that may be confusing or frustrating me so that I can reclaim my peace.
Reading. Reading is fundamental! Not just for knowledge but…everything! A good book has so many different elements and moods for me that I can’t even explain it. I fell in love with reading at an early age. I was definitely the shameless book nerd and wasn’t afraid to tell someone to leave me alone because I was reading. It’s what drove my passion for writing. Getting lost in a book is like getting lost in another world and most times reading how a character handles situations can help me out with my own issues. Peace is inevitable after that.
Cuddling. Drake was not lying when he said the love was real for his mom and his bed. I felt like he wrote that line for me. When I say cuddling brings me peace, I’m not even referring to human contact which is a little sad LOL. I love being cuddled up in my bed with all of my pillows and blankets. I have an oscillating fan and the chill plus being wrapped up is heaven to me.
What brings you peace? The task for today is to focus on these things. Which reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” – Phil 4:8