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Peace is not the absence of battles

When life feels overwhelming, the most effective way to slow things down is to choose our battles.

Prioritising what’s important over what’s urgent usually sets the tone for what we tolerate or invest our time in, versus what we ignore or postpone.

However, this only creates capacity to deal with new battles that may arise, it doesn’t create space for peace.

Peace often remains elusive because we’re still responding to what comes our way rather than shaping what we want from life.

More importantly, peace begins to feel like the absence of battles. It’s not.

The absence of battles is just a breather. A break from the struggle. But as long as we know the struggle is waiting for us the moment we finished taking our breather, we won’t experience peace.

Peace only becomes possible when we break the cycles that keeps inviting battles into our space.

Breaking that cycle means knowing what we’re doing to feed that cycle of struggles that keep weighing us down.

This demands emotional mindfulness, because it’s how we feel about what we’re facing that determines how we respond. As long as we focus only on the effectiveness of our response, we won’t be able to consciously choose to stop feeding the cycle that makes that response necessary.

It’s not as complicated as it sounds. And peace is very achievable, despite having had a lifetime of pain or hardship.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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