Peace can be elusive for all of us sometimes. I thought I would share a real life example to help show you one of the ways I work on bringing peace back when it escapes me.
Yesterday, I was angry for a little while. A couple of things had happened that really had me frustrated. Oddly, it was time to go to Mass, so that was good!
While I was there, I started off with a bad attitude, but near the end, I prayed a little prayer. "God, I am so angry right now. Please help me see something different. I want to see something different."
Within seconds the anger subsided, and I felt relief. I could smile again. "Ahhhhhh...." I said to myself in my mind. I realized that I was choosing to focus on fearful thoughts, rather than loving ones.
The reason I was angry is because I let the words of someone else cause me to doubt myself. I was letting my ego tell me I wasn't good enough. And that made me feel afraid, because I want to be good enough!
So, the emotion that bubbled up while I was feeling afraid, was anger, but fear of not being good enough was the root of the anger. Can you see that?
So, when I realized I was focusing on fear, I chose to shift my thoughts to love. "I love myself. I am doing my best. I am making a difference in the world. Nothing is as bad as it seems." That was really enough to pick me up. And I could start to see love again. It was like a light switch was turned on.
So, the next time you are feeling frustrated or angry. Ask God to show you something different. He will! :)