This is a random extra blog during this blog series, but I felt it was important to note that life is a journey, filled with learning and failing and growing and failing some more and ultimately coming out on the other side as something new. For most of us, we wish to "find ourselves" and become whatever it is that will make us happy. For a few, the goal is to lose ourselves and forget the residual image that we have of who our parents said we were. For virtually everyone, the objective seems to be to find peace and joy.
The pursuit of peace has proven unfruitful for me over the years, as it has for most people that I know. I think that the fundamental flaw in pursuing peace is that if we are running, we are running away. Peace exists in this moment. It exists in the acceptance of the truth. it exists in being still and knowing that you are connected and you were never disconnected from the source. Joy comes from living in peace and knowing that there was no pursuit necessary or even possible.
As I learn to live my life as the most authentic version of myself, I realize the incredible control that I have over myself and my world view. There is one simple question that I need to ask in each moment. I simply need to ask, "What do I need to believe right now to be at peace and to be happy?" It is our view of the world, the one that we choose, that makes "heaven of hell and hell of heaven." (James Allen). Within our minds, we manufacture the reality that exists for us. When we push towards what the rest of the world would have us be, we lose our authenticity. When we are simply true to ourselves, we live a life of peace and joy, right here, right now.
There has not been much of an instruction manual on life. The reason is that life is whatever you and I make it. Be true to you and become authentically you today and every day!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.