“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
When I first got into a program of recovery to treat my addiction, I was told to find a sponsor (someone who will help me through the twelve step program) who has what I want. Not long after being in the program and I found the person who helped save my life. She had what I wanted. She would share in meetings some pretty heavy issues she was working through, however she shared her struggle with a sense of peace and calm that I found inspiring. More than anything, I know what I want in my daily pursuit of the vision for my life, I’m looking for peace and serenity.
Before I started my personal transformation, I had wild emotional swings. I would blow up and unleash anger at anyone around me. It caused me to sabotage job opportunities, friendships, and relationships with people I loved. I couldn’t manage my emotions. I could not keep calm to save my life.
For the last five years I’ve worked toward the goal of emotional serenity. My emotions have never been so consistently even. I’ve developed a practice to keep calm and to be mindful of how wonderful my GREAT LIFE is. I don’t swing from extreme joy to the depths of depression. I feel a sense of peace and serenity I didn’t know was possible.
The greatest shift in my emotions is the result of starting my day in gratitude. I am so blessed for the life I have. Sure there is struggle but that’s no reason to lose my cool. I learned to keep calm. I’ve recently adopted a spiritual practice outside of my 12 step program which has amplified my level of calmness. In fact, most of the time I’m happy. I walk around with a constant smirk on my face… you know the kind of smirk when you know something nobody else knows. I do know something most people don’t know… There is nothing you can pursue outside of the pursuit of peace and tranquility that will give you the peace you are looking for.
The best things in life can be accessed at any moment. A shift in perspective, a sense of gratitude and thanks, the ability to reject negativity and the focus toward living a life filled with purpose can create a GREAT LIFE. As you create a vision for your life and fill it with “cash and prizes,” start with the pursuit of peace, serenity, calmness, joy, and connection to something greater than you. Every pursuit that follows will be taken with calmness because your life will be wonderful as it is.