Martin Luther King, Jr., And Peace
The winter, so far, has been unseasonably warm across Canada. We have been enjoying temperatures that have caused many to now appreciate the effects of global warming. There still are those who deny this as something “real.” Whether it is real, a coincidence or Mother Nature self-correcting is not something that I am either willing or qualified to debate. Like my fellow Albertans, I have enjoyed the relative warmth to now and today, the mid-way point of January, will embrace the more seasonal temperatures coming our way. I am at peace with what Life, Mother Nature brings.
Today would have been Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday had he still been walking among us. He remains one of the most outstanding examples of a peace-loving human being. His words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,” always ring in my heart when my equilibrium is disrupted and something other than peace would describe my immediate reaction to an event.
There are those within your circle who will have this effect on you from time to time. It could be an intimate partner, an employer or supervisor, a neighbour or a friend. In fact, it is very likely your child, if you have any, who pulls you out of your peace point. What I have learned from my experience of being dragged out of what I refer to as my zen-zone, is that while the situation, the comment or an insensitive action might sting, applying an (emotional or spiritual) salve to the spot will invariably bring me back to centre. As a cure but more so as a preventive measure, each morning and throughout the day, affirmations or simple repeating of “claims” that I am making on life help to calm me or ward off what would upset me.
At the beginning of January, Subscribers have received a new feature that is offered only to members of this community. Every Monday through Friday, a Weekday Wisdom© is emailed to members with the intention that it will help or support them through the day and guide them back to their peace-point. Those who are not members of the community are not left out, as you (if you are one) can get access to these affirmations on a Friday when they are shared. A roundup of Weekday Wisdom was posted last week and today I am sharing the affirmations for January 11 – 15, 2016. They are timeless so you can use them any day of the week.
While not using the word “peace,” this week’s affirmation was intended to pull you into your zen-zone, as you affirmed your worthiness, your God-given gifts and talents, your journey, and your right to want to be at peace. Check each of them out, print them if you wish and let them guide you in the upcoming week. Do leave a comment, feedback or ask for specific affirmations in the comment section below or your can contact me directly. It is your right to be at and experience peace, so do not apologise for constantly focusing on what will make that your state of being.
Monday, January 11:
“With Knees Shaking”
“I step into my week, into the world, and speak and be what I understand to be truth. I trust that Life will unfold as it is meant to and what is mine will be.”
There will be moments, hours, day even weeks when you are not sure how you will make it through what is facing you. There are two choices: (1) try to run away but you know that wherever you go your challenges will follow; or (2) face, embrace and grow through, knees bruised but heart embolden.
Tuesday, January 12:
No Longer Will I Hide
Have you ever been in the situation when you felt the need to dumb-down your intelligence, knowledge, abilities or skills to make someone, a colleague, a boss or even a friend not feel threatened? Stop it.
“I will remain humble in all circumstances, having no desire or need to be superior to another. But no longer will I hide my knowledge or talents to make anyone feel comfortable.”
Wednesday, January 13:
Thursday, January 14:
Ready, Set, Go!
“Come what may, I am ready!”
C. Joybell C said it perfectly, “there are two things we should always be 1. raw and 2. ready. When you are raw, you are always ready and when you are ready you usually realize that you are raw. Waiting for perfection is not an answer, one cannot say “I will be ready when I am perfect” because then you will never be ready, rather one must say “I am raw and I am ready just like this right now, how and who I am.”
Friday, January 15:
The weekend is about to begin and you do not need drama. Leave the bearers of “conflama” and negativity to go their way. So D.U.C.K.!
Have a peace-filled weekend whatever the weather in your neck of the woods! Remember to check your inbox (or junk mail if you have not added me to your contacts) for your Weekday Wisdom© come Monday, January 18.
Be blessed and be a blessing!