Peace isn't something you wish for.
It's something you create.
Many people have the misunderstanding that getting another to submit is peace.
That's not peace. That's an armistice.
We do this to other people with clever arguments and "mic drop" moments. You may silence them for a moment, or maybe get a dark chuckle from your followers, but did you actually change anything?
We do this with ourselves, willing our mind into an ordered and positive state. Trying to keep the scary thoughts at bay. Maybe it works for a minute, but what then? How do we meet the darkness and chaos when fear strikes, or anxiety storms the castle?
Wishing for peace only delays the inevitable. You must create it!
First in you.
Then, and only then, is there the possibility that it will ripple out and touch others.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and breathe and give ourselves a chance to see what our own minds are actually doing. To see the fear, the violence, the distain, the rejection; Dehumanizing one another. Dehumanizing ourselves.
But we can't stop there.
Next we need to make peace. Through understanding. Through acceptance, and especially these days, through forgiveness.
...for one another
...for the bad actors and hurt people projecting their trauma and frustration all over everyone else- especially for them!
If you're not willing to do the work on yourself, and have the difficult conversations that bring real resolution, then you must come to terms with the fact that, while peace is a nice idea, you'd actually just rather be right and have your way.
Peace isn't a wish. It's an act of creation.
The Mystic Next Door
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