Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”
Until you are at peace with yourself and the life you are living, uncertainty will rule your actions and decisions. You will flounder not only in your principles but in all areas of your life. No one can give you peace. Material possessions will not bring you peace. Peace is a continuous search to live your life without causing ripples; to be true to your principles. It is a conscious choice.
One of the definitions of ‘principles’ is a primary source; origin. The triumph of our principles is when we come to know and live within and through the ‘Self’, our primary source, our origin. There lies our peace.
Fear IS the destroyer we must conquer. On Day 19, I wrote about fear. I do not think we need to ‘know where the fear stems from.’ (from where the fear stems…Sorry! This IS a writing challenge!). Fear is the root. It has the capability to grow deep within the soul. We all need to finally realize that anger, hatred, prejudice, war, genocide, abuse, and so many other evils ORIGINATE from fear. Fear is lack of knowledge; un-acceptance; the self-inflated ego. FEAR IS LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE ‘Self’. My advice: Go find your ‘Self’. Everything else will fall into place.
My sincere, deepest apologies Mr. Ogle, but honestly, with all due respect, do we need to break it down?
From Day 19:
“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
This is such a profound statement. When I think about it, FEAR IS the greatest emotion ‘to fear’. In my life, fear has been the worst enemy. It has stunted my spiritual growth; it has caused me to live in stagnation; it kept me in the state of ‘reacting’ to people and situations. From fear, anger and hatred mushrooms and takes root in the soul.