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What is peace?
The dictionary has several definitions, which are a.) non-warring condition of a nation b.) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc. c.) freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety over an obsession, etc.
The type of peace I refer to is “C”.
You see, we can’t control the tumult in others. Yes, there will be times in your life when others will war upon you with envy, bitterness, jealousy, malice, wrong-doing, resentment, and betrayal. You can’t stop them. You can only walk away. You may seek help, which bleeds into the solution portion of this post.
I have stood up for my beliefs and convictions on many occasions. I have let integrity guide me on many occasions with the unfair result of retaliation. There have been many times when I have let that retaliation beat me down with grief. But I realize now is that to allow myself to experience grief is to let my enemy win. But winning is not the primary reason to fight for inner peace.
The primary reason to fight for inner peace is self-love, self-respect, and positive mental health.
Each human being will take their turn being slighted, being abused, and experiencing tumult. You must realize that this is part of the struggle of your human existence, and the nature of humanity. In this revelation, you will find wisdom. In your wisdom, you will also find your peace.
And outside human behavior, ventures will fail, economies — both individual and societal — will crumble. Let the world fall around you, but stand strong. Your time of triumph will come around again. Be patient. Be at peace.
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