Pursuing Peace

Thursday, 30 March 2017

I keep thinking about peace.

'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'


Even as a Christian, I find myself not feeling particularly peaceful. Don't get me wrong - there's a peace in me that doesn't fit with my anxious personality. When the bad things happen, there's part of me that knows that everything will be okay in the end. Not just okay, but good.

But the feeling of peace doesn't come easy. I keep wondering why.


I spent a lot of time last year getting angry over things I can't control. Over world events; over politics; over darkness and despair that seem to creep insidiously into our lives, dividing us where we were once united. I hate that. And I'm tired. I'm 28 and I'm tired, and not just because of the babies. I'm tired of getting sucked into this perpetual doom thing. I'm tired of that feeling of endless frustration where you see injustice happening and you just can't do anything about it.

I also notice around me that peaceful people are few and far between. We're all way more connected and open, but we're also immensely busy and stressed out. There must be a way to counter-balance this. It feels ridiculous - almost selfish. We have so much, and yet we spend so much time not appreciating it. (Or at least I do). Everything seems to be kind of fragmented and rushed. I get stressed, a lot. I seem unable at times to contemplate the bigger picture.

I keep wanting to just ... strip things back. I want to pause. I want to have less, and appreciate more. I want to have a peaceful family life. I want to have a peaceful home (not necessarily a tidy one - but one that feels like sanctuary, especially to my children, when they start venturing out into the world and need somewhere calm to come back to). I want to have a calmer state of mind. I want to figure out what it means to be a peacemaker - to bring peace where it lacks.

I want my children to see what it means to stop, to have gratitude, to take in a deep breath, to behold, to seek to bring calm, to be centred in the midst of a storm.

Maybe pursuing peace in whatever way that looks like in real life is the only thing you can do in the midst of turbulence. Maybe it's a small act of rebellion in a world that encourages us to freak out when we read the headlines every day, a world that tells us to consume more things and buy more stuff and hoard, a world that pushes us to distraction, to bounce from one thing to another before we have a moment to think.


So ... over the next few months, I'm going to be blogging about this. Some of the things I'll be looking into include:

  • Having a more peaceful home life (and being a less shouty stressy parent)
  • Finding moments of peace in stupidly busy day
  • Letting go of things we don't need anymore
  • Buying less stuff
  • Dealing with brain bombardment
  • Being an active peacemaker

There might even be a sneaky video or two along the way if I can pluck up the courage ;) I'll also be talking about it a bit more on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, so if you're interested, follow me there!

Until next time ... shalom.

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28 comments:

  1. I'll be very interested in following your journey! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Thank you! I will be posting more on this next week hopefully :) x

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  2. Good luck with this, it can be hard to calm down and switch off. Thanks for joining u for #marvmondays x

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    1. Thank you ... I find it so difficult to switch off my brain! x

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  3. I think peace comes from a "pint half full" attitude and as you say dumping the stuff you really don't need to do and therefore not stressing over not doing them! #MarvMondays

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    1. I think that's the key! I need to learn to fully let go of the things I need to let go of, if that makes sense. And no longer dwell on them! x

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  4. I am always seeking peace, especially at home which can get very fraught sometimes with seven of us. I'm the one who tries to calm everyone down when it gets heavy, but being the peacemaker can take it's toll, especially on my health. I may try some of your tips.
    #MMBC

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    1. I can imagine - I find it stressful with the four of us! It is hard being the peacemaker all the time x

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  5. Good luck! I think peace for reflection is so important to teach our children #mmbc

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    1. Definitely - children face a lot of stress nowadays x

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  6. Good luck! I'm a big believer in using mindfulness tools with my children. I do think it makes a difference for us all to take a moment in an otherwise crazy or stressful day to relax #bigpinklink

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    1. Thank you! It definitely makes a difference if you take a moment to wind down x

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  7. I love this post. I feel like this so often. I have found writing in my gratitude journal everyday helps me. But I still have those times when I just get so angry with things. Or so anxious. Recently everything has got on top of me so much I was convinced I had lots of different serious illnesses. After a hot bath I realised it was because I was just. so. tense! I'm eager to see how you get on with this and will watch your progress. I might even try and do the same...and see if I can teach my husband! Best of luck! #MarvMondays

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    1. Have linked this as my #blogcrush post to Naptime Natter &Lucy at Home's linky this week x

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    2. Thank you so much! That is really kind. I've got lots of ideas for this, but it's going to be a challenge implementing it into our lives!

      That really is tense ... I think it's so easy to neglect ourselves as parents, I'm constantly putting myself last (because there's no other option a lot of the time). There's not enough hours in the day I feel! x

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  8. I know exactly what you're saying. I'm not religious but I would like to find the calm in our busy lives a little more. It is always so busy! Lovely to have you linking. #bigpinklink

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    1. Thank you :) it's just so difficult I find, my mind is constantly ticking over things I have to do! x

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  9. Peace in our home is always welcomed! I look forward to reading your updates :)

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

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  10. I really enjoyed reading this. Im a pretty relaxed optimistic soul but in recent years seem to be getting myself het up over things so far beyond my control. I like the idea of realigning and having a more peaceful existance. #BlogCrush pam from eew.pamsbakeandbabyblog.com

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    1. Thank you! :)

      I like to think of myself as quite optimistic too, but stress definitely seems to be getting on top of me. I hate how much time I spend getting worked up over silly things! x

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  11. Good luck with this - I think it is so hard to find peace among the chaos of parenting! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. It really is! And it's not going amazingly well yet - we had a very stressful day yesterday!

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  12. I'll be interested to see how your quest for peace goes! #marvmondays

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    1. Thank you - hoping it goes well! x

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  13. This sounds like it's going to be an interesting series! I am a Christian too and I think a lot of our lack of peace is getting so busy and wrapped up on what is going on right now, this very minute. Being able to take a step back and breathe can really help. But it's not easy to remember to do in the midst of things!

    Congratulations - this post was added to the #blogcrush linky!

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    1. Thank you! I'm off to check out the #blogcrush linky now!

      I think you're right, we get wrapped up in the moment and forget to look at the bigger picture x

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  14. I love the way that you come across a blog post about a topic just as you need it! This was exactly what I needed today on my first day back at work after a holiday - not peaceful at all! Thank you

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