“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Oh how I do miss seeing the world through a younger woman’s eyes. In my 47 years, I do remember a place where I could almost readily find peace in the chaos and comfort in the discomfort. Life seemed more like an adventure than a hardship. The world seemed more like an oyster as I looked to find the pearl rather than a fallout shelter as I look for safety. Perhaps I have placed my ladder on the wrong wall. Much to my chagrin, climbing and climbing and climbing, my stubborn streak forces me to not retreat but forge ahead. That is until the universe does a self correct and I find myself falling, falling, falling for my own good so I can in fact reevaluate which direction I want to travel. Rather than follow a path that others perceive to be a safe bet, I take the riskier choice to march forward to my own beat. And surprisingly, there I shall find peace in the discomfort.
I have been listening to the soundtrack of La La Land lately, the words and the gentle lilt of the song “City of Stars” takes me into a dream like state. Possibility, possibility, possibility floats into my mind’s eye and I remember that younger woman who would wile away hours in her day just imagining what wonders in her life would unfold. I do smile to myself as I acknowledge that much of what I had dreamt so long ago is the reality that I am currently living. With the good and the bad, I asked largely from the universe and like an obedient genie, it did not fail to deliver. Yet, the more mature soul in me now asks me to simplify and focus so that the pace “without” can turn into peace from “within”. And in that peace, that is where I get the opportunity to build bridges out of isolation. In that peace, is where I get to meet like minded souls who are here to bring out the beauty. In that peace, is where I get to find comfort in the chaos of a crazy world that wants to distract me from believing that in this moment, right here, this is the best day of my life. For tomorrow is never promised. And if I don’t live my dreams fully right here, right now- then when? And when I slow down, like the song goes, I can stop to:
“look in somebody’s eyes, To light up the skies, To open the world and send it reeling A voice that says, I’ll be here And you’ll be alright.”
excerpt from City of Stars, from the movie La La Land
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