Finding Peace in These Difficult Times

By Joan S. Peck

Not so long ago, a woman remarked that I always seemed calm and unflustered. By the tone of her voice, I thought what she meant was that I was oblivious to my surroundings, or else I would be as upset as she was about what was happening in the world today. But having lived so many years now, I understood more clearly what I had control over and what I couldn’t change.

Manage Expectations

You don’t have to be a recovering alcoholic or drug addict to live by the AA serenity prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

We all know the two primary human emotions are pleasure and pain. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t want it all—lasting love, money, fame, and success. Who can blame us, right? But what happens when those things don’t occur, especially in the way you want them to?

For us older folks, we’ve reached a time in our lives to know that “the train has left the station” on many things we were once able to do or desired to have or accomplish. We are in a place of reflection—often reviewing the what-ifs or what-could-have-been. That’s an essential step if we want to let any disappointments go.

Release the Past

After all, what good does it do to bang our head against the wall over something said or done in the past? Or not said or done in the past?

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