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Today went not-according-to-plan, and I seriously needed to touch in with my Peace Within. My Sunday morning was wonderful, as always, with prayer outside, breakfast inside, and church on TV. I cleaned the kitchen and ran the dishwasher, planning my article for today’s Blog Challenge. After lunch, I rested awhile. Then I went to visit friends, to synch up software and equipment for taking payments at an upcoming event. We accomplished the synching– yay!
Then they asked if I could help with a laptop issue. What I thought would be a 5-minute thing turned into a 90-minute thing. The laptop was totally drained, its mouse was lost/found/paired up/totally drained, and all passwords were forgotten or lost. When I wrapped that up, the laptop was charged up, the mouse was located and working, the email was working on the laptop, and my friends knew what to do to pull off a zoom telemedicine visit with their doctor. Honestly, I was a bit fried from 3 hours of concentrating, and I was worried about writing my article and completing some other needed work. But my friends wanted to buy me dinner, to thank me. We thought we would swing by a favorite place and have a lovely meal.
At the restaurant, everything went wrong that could, and it became an unpleasant disaster. Service was inexplicably slow. My first glass of wine tasted like water had been added. My friend’s Tito’s-and-sevenup was not. My ribs were so dry they were inedible; I sent them back, but the manager said “we all tasted them, and they were fine, so no discount will be given.” That’s a $40 dish. So I got no substitute, no dinner, and the manager wanted my friends to pay for the dish. There were several other things very wrong, and the manager simply said well, she was “sorry everything was horrible for you guys, but no discounts will be given, so that’s it.” At one point, my friends said, “wrong answer, Lady!” My friends told me to go on, while they waited for the police. Thank God, no one was waving a gun.
As I left, I began praying for peace over the whole situation. Number one, after praying, in horribly tense situations is to go within and be in touch with your personal peace, your Peace Within. Only from that base can you decide what to do. Once home, I literally opened a copy of my book, Inspirations for Peace Within, and flipped to this quote by the late monk Thich Nhat Hanh:
Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We only need to be awake, alive in the present moment.
When you’ve just had an upsetting experience, fill your moments, not with thoughts of the experience, but thoughts of peace, joy, and serenity. It’s an advanced practice, but it’s worth trying and trying again. Do this when needed, and you will be ever more Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress/energy management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. They are also available in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Franciscan Renewal Center bookstore and at the bookstore at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church. Or simply email us to order: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
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