Conducive To Peace

While we should try to create circumstances in our lives that are conducive to peace, this will likely prove to be impossible.  We cannot control everyone and everything.  Life and the people around us will never fully cooperate with our plans.  Beyond that, we, ourselves, may not actually know what conditions will bring peace to…

Distance For Contentment

Much of the time, the source of our contentment or discontentment can be found within us.  However, certain places, circumstances, or relationships are much more likely to make us feel discontented than others.  Whether by design or coincidence, they are overwhelmingly difficult, unpleasant, or frustrating to deal with.  This is true regardless of how we…

Out Of Control

No matter how hard we try, we cannot control every aspect of every circumstance we find ourselves in.  How we deal with this lack of control will largely determine how happy we are from day to day.  The fact is that most of what happens in our lives is out of our hands.  We cannot…

Smiling From Our Center

“Turn your frown upside down, daddy.” While I was meditating this morning, a daily practice I restarted last year as a way of mitigating some of the stress and anxiety brought on by our global pandemic, my daughter touched my hand and whispered this phrase into my ear.  Not surprisingly, it worked. I became immediately…

Working Toward Happiness

We can either wait to be happy or we can take action toward that result.  Neither choice guarantees us success.  We may fail either way.  The difference is that waiting is almost certain to result in failure. While action, on the other hand, at least gives us a fighting chance.  Happiness, as it turns out,…