The theme for the second week of Advent is Peace. Too often our understanding of the word “peace” is limited to thinking only of worldly peace – the absence of war. But the word peace – as proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus – has a much more spiritual significance.
We all have too many things in our lives that need to be maintained, repaired, insured, replaced, cleaned, used, worried about, etc. Too many people in our lives to deal with. Too many things to do.
To people who don’t have peace – everything seems to be noise. Everything seems to be urgent. Everything seems to be important. It becomes overwhelming.
We can be running around thinking things are getting done when they’re not and find ourselves tired and confused.
Therefore we need systems of thinking in place to deal with the things that come into our life. We need a filter to maintain peace.
Start by asking important questions. Do I really need this in my life? Is this person going to bring something positive to my life? What’s really important to do that will help me move forward with my goals?
It is wise to have routines that take care of the day to day activities of life – cooking, laundry, cleaning etc. so you can focus on the more important things.
If we can take a few minutes out every day to connect with ourselves and just be still, we will be able to gain perspective and feel comfortable—irrespective of the goings-on around us.
All this is necessary for finding peace in our life and when we have that peace, we are able to move forward, more good things start to happen, deeper peace is enjoyed, and a much more higher quality of life is experienced.