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Have you ever felt like running and feeling the wind on your face, going faster and faster until all your frustration was gone? I had felt this way in my younger years when I was a single mom raising kids. Things seemed so complicated that I just wanted to run away. I just want to board the magical ship and sail away.
I didn’t want to run away from the world I was in, my kids, or my life. Instead, I wanted to start running so fast it would feel like I was flying. I often felt that all of my problems would be left in the wind.
I bet many people have felt the same way I did. But imagine dreaming of a life that is easy and like a fairytale. A life that Peter Pan had. And experience a happy, carefree life without responsibility.
Think about how it would be if you could board a magical ship on warm oceans. The night air would surround you, and there would be nowhere you had to go.
There is no destination except the one you have dreamed of. Your ship had no direction except what you could reach for and touch. And you could fly as if to float over the ocean.
You can’t live an unrealistic life of fairytales. You can’t fly or float over the ocean, and you can’t run away.
What about Peace?
But what about dreaming of hope and peace and steady winds. You can not only imagine this; you can have this peace in your life. I have said before in my writing that the challenges in life come in groups. Just like the good times also come in groups.
You will have a run of sad or rough days or months when you think peace has flown away. But steady and rewarding days will follow. When the happy days with smiles are in your life, you feel hope, peace, and a steady road. But you too can feel this way during the unpleasant days.
It is human nature to panic when you feel out of control. When a chaotic world surrounds you, and you can’t make sense. Wanting to run away gives a sense of more control. The frustration and fear become so loud that you want to leave reality.
But you know this is not a functional thing to do. Reality is what grounds us in this world. The real world keeps us sane. So how do you keep the peace, hope, and stability in our life when everything is turned upside down?
It is a learning process. Practice finding peace is not something that comes naturally. It takes focus to keep your mind at peace and off of the feelings of chaos. You have to remind yourself that the tough times will not last forever. The need to board the magical ship shall pass, and the light will shine again.
How To Find Peace Without Boarding The Magical Ship
There are ways to find the inner peace you desperately need. It has taken many years for me to learn patience and make these steps a way of life. I want to give you these few tools to help you cope with the frustrations of life.
Practice the feelings of relaxation and smiling when things are good. Know that you can control your chaotic world when all is feeling lost in your life. When I re-read this, it sounds a bit ridiculous. But it is real. What you focus on and practice becomes a way of life for you.
Remember the Good times
Let me rephrase this. Remember the feelings you have when things are going right. That calm peaceful way you move and go about your day? Remember when you drove to work with a half-smile on your face and when you felt at peace with who you are inside. Remember this moment because when things are upside down, you will need to focus on these things.
Let go of fear
Concentrate on the memories, not the fear and worry of today. Make your mind let go of the fear that accompanies what may be but not what is now. The fear is stealing your peace. Keep your mindset loaded with positive thoughts. Look to your inner self and pull on the memories of better times with peace. Put a smile on your face when you go to work. Relax and know that this too will go away just like all the other times in your life.
The world may still brand you, and you will always have torrential rains come down on you, but you can have that inner peace, hope, and stability you need to make it to the next chapter in your life.
The hand we are dealt in life is not always an easy process, but when you have the right tools and learn how to use them, there is a way to let it all go. You can have peace and never again feel like running away. Set the steps in motion over and over again until it becomes second nature to you.
You can have peace in the midst of the storm that rages in your life. It has been years since I have felt like boarding the magical ship and running away and that is because of the peace I get from practice ad prayer.
God is my inner peace. I use prayer to tap into the peace that he promises each one of us. He will give you the same peace that he has given to me.
Don’t hang onto your old ways. Allow him to bless your life. All of your problems won’t magically go away, but you will have what is needed to deal with every mishap that happens. When you pray and train yourself to remember the memories of brighter days, you grant the Lord the ability to provide you with what you need.
You got this one!