In trying to reconnect with the emotion that led me to begin this blog two years ago, I was struggling with the question of what peace really meant to me. My original idea was that peace in the external world has to begin with an inner peace in me. If I could feel peace on the inside, I had faith that I would begin to see peace in the world around me. This has proven a daunting task. Between arguing with my wife over trivial matters and getting impatient with my daughters for being little kids, I can't even create peace in my own household. So, what was the point of trying to sustain a blog about peace?
Yesterday, as I was searching for inspiration -- or, more accurately, avoiding the blood, sweat, and tears of trying to write -- I came across this interview with Steve Pavlina which talked about his struggle to write a different kind of self development book. He talked about how the field of self-development is fragmented -- books on weight loss, prosperity, better relationships, better sex, finding your perfect job, etc -- and the often conflicting advice and information leaves many who are interested in bettering themselves feel like failures because their continual attempts seem to yield ineffective results. He struggled to boil down his own search to a set of principles that could be applied to any area of life and lead to change. What would be the result of such change? Inner peace. Contentment. Positive vibes that come from growth.
Of course, there are many who don't see it that way, so if you'd like to see the other side
of the coin . . .