This statement is a powerful tool to carry with you throughout the day. I have been carrying it with me for a few years now as a reminder that the path to peace isn't always easy. No matter your goals, as we each walk to unfold into the person we were created to be, we may not want to do the things we need to do to become the best expression of ourselves.
For example we may not want to:
- wake up early to workout.
- prepare foods for ourselves.
- set a budget.
- make that phone call.
- give up our time to be present for someone.
- humble ourselves and let go of the need to be right in the middle of an argument.
- be the one who listens instead of talks.
- be selfless.
But just because we don't want to do them doesn't mean we don't need to do them.
The world we live in is about instant gratification. Do what feels good now, being short sited of the implications of what the outcome of our choices will be later. What I have been learning along my journey is that to be at peace within sometimes requires decisions in the present moment that are uncomfortable, but lead to a lasting peace.
Short-term suffering leads to long term peace
- versus -
Short-term peace that can lead to long-term suffering
Think about this in the context of working out. It may be tough to get your sneakers on but at the end of your workout you feel accomplished and are at peace within - versus - giving into the excuses, not putting on your shoes and regretting the decision, not being at peace within.
Whatever our goals, the core of them is to be at peace within. So when you meet a fork in the road today and don't want to do something that you know will help you grow into your best self...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Ask yourself, do I want a moment of peace or lasting peace?
Choose to walk the path of lasting peace, and do what you don't want to do to become the person you were made to be.