Peace as define by Wikipedia:
Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict and the freedom from fear of violence.
Do you search for World Peace and the lack of war or do you search for Peace of Mind and the inner tranquil peace that is in yourself?
I recently had some events happen in my own life that sent my thought pattern into a rapid whirlwind of mixed feelings broken thoughts and lost dreams. But from that I also saw something in me blossom. Myself.
To many of us live in fear and stay in the shadows on what we like, feel, hear, and believe. We do this because we have a fear of judgement from others, we have a forever desire to be accepted by the masses. Even if you say you don't care you know on some level you do. But some of us are lucky as our thoughts are often the same as the masses for the area we live in. Growing up in Western North Carolina it was the masses that believed in being a Redneck and the love of guns and beer and hunting. Well I'm all for the tough life, hiking, camping, bon fires and pick up trucks but I don't like beer, guns scare me, and I don't hunt.
Then living in Central Fl it is busy life with starbucks, theme parks, and the heat. Well I enjoy FL. But Starbucks is over priced, theme parks are crowded and over priced, and I don't do well with extreme tempatures.
Coming to terms with the fact that I have many things I don't agree with or like that my friends like and I have things that we still have in common is what my whirlwind of thoughts concluded. I am tired of staying in the shadows and being worried that something will offend someone because honestly it will. I'm not afraid of someone "unfriending" me anymore over something I say because now I just laugh about it and wonder why someone like that was a friend anyway.
I've been called names, I've been deleted over my beliefs and as an Author that scared me. My whole platform is based on having friends and getting those friends to buy my book and getting those book buyers to tell others to buy my book. But the truth is I write my stories because I love to write. I publish my stories because I want others to be able to enjoy my stories.
The road may be long and it may be hard but the truth is that is my inner peace. The ability to lift the weight off my shoulders and know that my real friends are there. My real support will never go away. And I am loved.
This was my Inner Peace realization. Have you had yours?