Peace or Purgatory?
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Buddha
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” -Jimi Hendrix
Purgatory: a place in between heaven and hades. An “intermediate state between death and the final judgment” as John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church put it. It is limbo, indecision, and the interminable existence of waiting.
We don’t have to wait until our dying breath to experience purgatory. We can and do often create it for ourselves right here on earth. It’s so easy. A co-worker snaps an insult over morning coffee in the break room, ruining your entire day. Your boss, despite your super human efforts, is displeased with your results. Your kids disrespect you. Your life resembles a pile of shambles more than the shining dream you thought it could be. You start to unravel, feel bad, get desperate.
In each moment, we can choose to change the world by changing our inner scope. Instead of snapping back at the co-worker, realize the aggression she feels toward you probably had its roots in something her husband said to her this morning. Your boss’ general grumpiness started in childhood when too much was expected of him and has turned him bitter and hateful. Peace, as a pattern of behavior, starts within.
We cannot change others. Only ourselves and our perceptions. Allow your life to flow flawlessly and find meaning in the chaotic and often confusing unfolding of earth and its beings. Use your energy wisely to find love, abundance and appreciation in each situation you encounter.
Today choose peace over purgatory.