Presence, Purpose, & Peace

Peace BBI
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
— Desmond Tutu

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Many of my colleagues and friends have offered creative and helpful suggestions and steps to success in the New Year.  Others have provided tools and systems to assist us in finding happiness in 2016. I can find something of value in each one of them. 

When I contemplated what value I could bring to 2016, I was reminded of a life changing concept I learned back in 1988 during my first year of sobriety: 

Live one day at a time! And in this day give our best in presence, purpose, and peace.

Presence means showing up in the now. Giving focused attention to whatever is here for us in this moment. 

Purpose is demonstrated in the direction and the dedication of how we make our contribution.

Peace can be shared in the harmonious energy we reveal. Patience, compassion, Love.

Together, let’s “Celebrate” this first day of 2016!

Ponder This:

How can you Celebrate the peace of the present moment with each interaction in your current situation today?

Cultivate Personal Peace

Personal Peace Jani McCarty
When we love ourselves, we don’t hurt ourselves and we don’t hurt other people.
— Louise Hay

Whether these words hit home on a personal level or are far reaching in a global perspective, Louise Hay’s message is clear & powerful.  

The recent tragic events in Paris have annihilated our sense of safety and our ability to comprehend such darkness.  We look out there to our humanity in disbelief & fear while we struggle for answers. How can we end this madness? What can one person possibly do?

For some, the impending Thanksgiving holiday generates a similar trigger of restlessness, sadness, or anxiety. Both of these events can contribute to that disconnected place where we feel powerless.

We may find ourselves straddling between thoughts of oppressive holidays in the past and anticipating what this years’ gathering might hold. Our focus is out of whack ~ out of alignment.

In dealing with any disturbing or uncomfortable experience, each of us has the power to make a difference. The peace & charity we want in our lives & in our world begins with loving & accepting what is…  

When we treat ourselves with Love & kindness, we can demonstrate compassion to the world.

When we let go of judging ourselves from our limiting beliefs, we can practice allowing others to be who they are.

When we let go of unrealistic expectations of ourselves & others, we find a peaceful presence to experience the gifts of the moment.

When we acknowledge our feelings as they surface, the intensity of their energy can dissipate & move out. We can trust ourselves & our awareness.

When we let go of our resentment, we become willing to forgive. 

And when we forgive ourselves & others, we can celebrate the freedom that comes from Love & acceptance.

Ponder This:

What are you willing to let go of to cultivate your personal peace?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.