For two decades (how did the time go by so fast?) I've taken part in Blogblast for Peace, every November. I've watched it continue to grow, steadily spiralled outwards as we draw, write and create in the name of Peace. But this year I'm turning around and following the spiral back to the centre.
It's time to turn.
Because no matter how much of a difference we might make in fighting for world peace, there is no greater battle, nothing ever more important or courageous, than ensuring your own personal peace. Your well-being has to come first.
Your mental and emotional health,
your sense of spiritual or ethical integrity,
your personal sovereignty,
your inner peace.
Because when there is no peace within... there can be no peace without.
As wonderful as it is, to belong to a large group all battling for positive change, I'm also seeing a lot of burn out. People who are saying they feel exhausted; long past running on empty. So this season of Peace, I'm asking you to turn the spiral inwards. I want you to check your inner core; is it steady? Is it calm? Is it a sanctuary? Are your boundaries clearly marked and are you brave enough to hold them firm? Because it takes tremendous courage to stand up for yourself whilst still staying centred in peace and love.
The hardest thing to do is to love yourself and treat yourself with
kindness, because the world will fight you on that. Our society prefers
people who are obedient to others. It ridicules those who choose to put
themselves first. But the boss who implies you are lazy or not pulling
your weight if you ask for sick leave... will he be there for you when
your health collapses? The "friend" who calls you selfish or unkind for
refusing to constantly help... will they be there for you when you
collapse from exhaustion?
It's not your duty to take care of everyone on the planet as well as fighting for Peace and the planet itself. That burden is too great; no-one can carry that much. You will burn out.
For two decades we have all cried "NO MORE" for world peace; now we must do it for our selves. No more giving without receiving back. No more draining yourself dry in the hope that somehow, some day, all that sacrifice will be appreciated and recognised. No more giving parts of your self away. No more self-destruction and lack of inner peace.
Turn, turn, turn ...