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I desire peace in my life. serenity for all.
As a young senior myself (!) I understand this all too well. Staying healthy in mind and body is my number 1 goal now.
I desire appreciation from my work and family. For the world, I desire true peace!!
Be. Connect. Do some good. Enjoy what can be enjoyed.
The world needs some peace, social justice and a less damaged climate.
“Peace on earth,
Goodwill to men”
I desire for my life to be meaningful. I want to love and receive love. I want to make a lasting difference and be remembered that way.
I desire that the world will realize the importance of acknowledging and growing in the fact that we are interdependent in every way.
For myself, I desire acceptance and grace. I want people to try to understand and forgive my shortcomings.
For the world, I want people to see what they have in common rather than what makes them different–to tolerate and cooperate to make the world a better place.
For everything to work out right for the happiness of all. Peace. ❤️
To be present, grateful and aware for myself and the world.
For my life I desire more contentment, more deep connections, less fear, and less worrying. For the world I desire, that at a minimum, all peoples basic needs are met and we all can use our consciousness to not let others exploit us with fear.
A passionate love affair with the Truth. See things as they truly are and take appropriate action for whatever shows up. If I take complete responsibility, you never know, it could be the next global pandemic?
Inner and outer peace …
For my own life, I desire wisdom and the ability to be compassionate and kind. For the world, I desire universal peace, justice, equity, and compassion; an end to this seemingly never-ending pandemic; and a solution to the impending environmental crisis we’re going through.
Sweet! Thank you, Elaine – I’m grateful for your answer
1. I am always unhappy with myself and always falling short of my own expectations.
2. I always have to-do lists in my head and don’t look forward to any of the to-do’s even the fun to-dos like facials, mani pedi etc.
3. I’m always worried about my 21 year old son and my aged parents.
I am very very very very very grateful for my life and everything and everyone I have. But I still feel stressed about things and I feel unhappy with myself, just myelf. I dont know how gratitude and fear and stress and being unhappy (with myself only) can all live in me at the same time.
What I desire for myself? – to be at peace with myself and to be happy.
What do I desire for the world – to be accepting of each other. I truly believe if every human accepted every other human there would be less pain, less conflict and more love and peace.
Sorry for the long post and all advice is welcome 🙂
Do you resonate with this month’s poem?
Wonderful–thank you for sharing the link.
Thank you so much for sharing! Stop, look and go!
I did not see this month’s poem but I will read it right away. Thank you so much for sharing with me.
Journey, that sounds like a lot. I’ve felt this way sometimes too. My most basic advice is that when you feel this way if you can remember to take 3 deep, full breaths–deeper than ordinary breathing–you’ll give your body and mind a reset. I wouldn’t try to “feel grateful” or anything else in those moments, just breathe. If you remember occasionally to think, “Would I treat a friend this way?” and treat yourself as you would a friend, you might be gentler with yourself.
I’ll share one thing I did when I felt especially overwhelmed, and a thing I do now.
One night I lay awake thinking about everything I had to do and how far behind I felt, which I did a lot at that point in my life. I was looking in my mind at the *entire* list, not just what I might need to do the next day.
I remembered my mom telling me that when she felt that way in the night she’d get up and iron some clothes. That wasn’t a task she needed to “finish” but she could feel good about making progress on the pile. I don’t buy much that needs ironing so instead I got up and wrote in my journal.
I didn’t write the to-do list down, though. I wrote everything I had done that day. I mean *everything* including things like packing my daughters’ lunches and putting a note in them as I did every day. By the end of several pages I realized two things: 1) I do a *lot* in any ordinary day. 2) There’s no way I’d ever do everything on the list even if I worked around the clock. No one could. So why beat myself up in my mind for being human? Again, would I do that to a friend?
The thing I do now heading into weekends is that I don’t make a to-do list. I make a “possibilities” list that includes both chores and things I want to do in hobbies or time with my husband. It’s possible I’ll do several of the things on the list. It’s also possible that I won’t do all of them. That word shift seems to reduce the pressure to try to do everything on the list. Possibilities are open-ended.
I hope you can breathe and be kind to yourself.
Thank you, Barb and Journey – I love the story about your mother, Barb. An Asian friend told me the monks do lots of cleaning when they’re stressed. I’ve taken a couple meditation classes by an assistant professor at a famous university,, and I’m starting to become more interested in what happy/grateful/peaceful people do when they’re NOT meditating, which is how we usually spend almost all our days.
What a lovely concept. Thank you for sharing Mica. Best regards..Journey
And best regards to you, Journey –
Thank you so much for this lovely lovely message Barb. Truly appreciate you taking the time out to help me. There is so much good stuff and advice in what you wrote and I know I will re-read your message many times over the next months and incorporate your wonderful advice. Thank you again for your kindness.
Thank you so very much for your post, Journey! And thank you, Barb, for your thoughtful and kind reply. Journey, I did similarly to Barb to find my own way out of anxiety and unhappiness. I agree with her. I hope you will try at the end of the day to review not only what you do accomplish, but also the best parts of the day, or what went right… a pet, the sunshine, time for yourself, a bit of luck… anything. Our value is not measured in how much we get done or how well we do our tasks, though these are accomplishments, but we are so much more than what we do. We have feelings. We’re loved. We love others. You deserve, as everyone does, a chance to enjoy life.
Many times I have been glad for your presence here, Journey, and thankful for what you have shared. I hope your coming days are easier and you have a chance to breathe and enjoy some things – just for you! 🌺
Such an uplifting message Holly. Thank you so very much. This website and your message definitely calms me. I feel my heart rate slowing down. Thank you so much.
I love how incredibly uplifting you are Holly to everyone on this site. It makes me happy.
What I desire for my life is good health, family and friends that love me and whom I love, meaningful service/compassion/patience and joy with others and fulfilling work that makes the world a better place, even in small ways. For the world I desire unity of love, joy, peace and hope for all others and the earth.
I desire to enjoy life more by enjoying the moments and taking advantage of the little opportunities each day: to appreciate people, nature, and tasks. For the world I wish harmony with the planet and with each other, more compassion, and more wisdom.
The willingness and courage to evolve.
More introspection and awareness of others. I believe that would increase love, kindness, understanding and compassion for all sentient beings.
I desire good growth, peace, health, and success for me and the world.
For myself, a young senior, avoiding dementia or cancer as long as possible.
For the world, peace and everyone meeting basic needs.
The same for both.. sharing of love, compassion, to be at peace, to be appreciated and respected and to harbour some form of faith to provide strength and resilience
I desire connections that love me unconditionally. May everyone in the world have a good friend that they can turn to….
Good health, happiness, strength, courage, peace, love, faith and safety for all.
For myself, continued growth and happiness, and to travel and have fun with my husband all the rest of our days. And to become a yoga teacher eventually 🙂
For the world, peace, equality, and better health. And especially for Covid to die down and become a thing of the past. We are getting there, I just know it!
For my life I wish I could have more energy so I could go out into the garden and do my crafting and writing again. But totally focusing on unattainable desires leads to disappointment and sadness so instead I work on acceptance and gratitude for what I have and what I still can do.
For the world I wish for equality for all humans. That everyone’s needs may be met without eliteness or entitlement.
To let myself be happy and settle for greatness.
Covid to get a better handle within itself
Good health, happiness, same for my kids.
Covid to end for the world.
For my life moving forward, I desire a life with less back pain.
For the world moving forward, I am praying for peace for those living in fear.
Thank you, Kevin. You are quite right – fear is driving so many of the world’s problems today. I hadn’t seen that until you enlightened me.
I’ve had this sort of mantra stuck in my head for a while now. It says, “Have patience and faith”. I listen to this voice that is within me. For the world, I also hope that no one loses their faith for a good life. That we all can live with a heart that knows peace. ❤
Beautifully expressed, Christine. Thank you.
Compassion and wisdom.
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