This past year I’ve learned a lot about finding inner peace and several ways of how to go about it. For me, keeping perspective has been key. I’m naturally the type of person that gets caught up in the moment and cannot look past the situation.
I’ve been reading a book called, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and it’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. The book shares different ways to keep a positive outlook on life without letting frustrations or insecurities run your mind. One chapter in the book was about keeping perspective. Carlson says to ask yourself, “Will this matter in five years?” if not, “Why stress?” I know this might be a simple concept to some, but I never took the chance to absorb it. Once I did my life changed.
For Thanksgiving a friend and I went to Colorado Springs to visit my brother. While there we saw some of the most beautiful sites. I thought Ohio had gorgeous sunsets, but they are nothing compared to the pinks and oranges that brush through the sky over the mountains.
While visiting we went to Pikes Peak, one of the most visited mountains in the States. The mountain comes in at 14,115 feet above sea level. When we got to the top I could see all the way to Kansas. While sitting on the top of that mountain it hit me, perspective!
Since looking at life from a bigger perspective is not my naturally way of thinking, it took prayer and catching my reactions to situations. Now when I’m in a stressful situation I’m able to stop and ask myself, “Will this matter in five years?” Most of the time it won’t and usually I feel more relaxed after that realization.
Our new issue comes out today with the theme of Finding Inner Peace! Click here to read it! We hope that by reading through the articles and hearing some real life struggles of others will inspire you to slow down and assess how you too can find Inner Peace even in the chaotic holiday season!