Mindful Monday: Make Time For Peace

On days when it’s snowy, rainy, dark, and there’s no sun to be found…

When you wake up to your sweet crying infant in the middle of the night and you’re too exhausted to even cry yourself…

When your teenage son gets benched in the game you know means the entire world…

When you open the fridge and you’re out of yogurt…

When you’re trying to be punctual and you get stopped at every single red light on your way…

When you receive a frightening diagnosis…

When you can’t understand how you got here…

When you’re deeply in love and (s)he just wants to be friends…

When all the stars don’t align…

When the tray of appetizers you’ve just spent so long making falls on the floor as you’re setting it out…

When you don’t get into your first-choice college…

When you make plans with someone for the third time and they cancel and reschedule again…

When it feels like you can’t go on…

When you’re dusting the bookshelves and your great-grandmother’s vase falls to the ground and shatters…

When you can’t find your wedding ring…

When you’re putting anything together from IKEA…

When you can’t figure out which bulb needs to be replaced to get the Christmas lights to turn on…

When you get a flat tire…

When you get a flat tire in the rain…

When you get a flat tire in the rain on the highway while you’re alone…

When you have to put one of your parents in a nursing home…

When you make the B team…

When you don’t make the team at all…

When you have to ask someone to the school dance…

When you run a business and your favorite employee who you really like and value misses a deadline, fakes sick, and you have to do your job…

When you lose a pet…

When your spouse cheats…

When you hit your funny bone and nothing about it is funny at all…

We’ve all been in one of these stories before, or maybe we’ve been in many. Wherever you’re reading this, think of a memory that brings you peace & close your eyes. What does it look like? Who was there? What do you smell? What does it sound like?

When you’re on a page or in a season or living a story where life happens, and it’s hard. When you feel hurt, and shamed, and betrayed. When you’re frustrated at even the silly and stupid things. When you need to shake your head or sigh it out in disbelief. When you’re scared. When you feel like no one understands, and you just want to hit pause…

Go back to your peace memory. Make time for peace. Make MORE peace. Your peace is yours, angel.

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