I find it amusing when I read stories about people in the developed world searching for peace or the meaning of life travel thousands of miles to the most underdeveloped countries and find it there. Several stories (real and fictional) often indicate that true wisdom, and peace can only be sought in the most rural, fundamental and remotest of places in the world. A place that is foreign, with amazing backdrop of mountains, sea or sprawling fields or meadows, where amidst the maddening traffic, poverty, despair and illiteracy, they find wisdom, purpose, tranquility and peace.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. ~William Wordsworth
Like diamond in dirt, it appears that the most valuable and the most sought after things in life is often found in the most unlikely of places. Hence people living in the most developed of countries eventually seek to follow the proven trail of wisdom and travel to underdeveloped nations where they bathe in the local culture, learn to appreciate different types of living conditions, foods, and how every other human being faces their share of burden, happiness and pleasures of this life. And by experiencing these, an individual begins to reflect upon their own life and actions and eventually apply the same open mindedness and acceptance of what is life. Hence, peace is found, wisdom gained, and with new vigour and courage the individual returns back to their familiar mad jungle.
The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection. ~ William Godwin
If we care to enough to practice some self analysis of self and the world around us, this wisdom and peace can often be found sitting right insider our dirt filled lives. Many of us live only an hour or few minutes away from beautiful picturesque nature. We also know the extent of other peoples suffering and the challenges they face. We live in rapidly growing communities of varied cultures, people of different origins, languages, foods, rituals, beliefs, and faiths. They too, like us, face the same weather, life, living conditions, challenges, hurdles, and pains of life. But again, they too overcome their challenges and accomplish several things in life and progress.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa
But we fill our lives with dirt. We clog our own thoughts and behaviours with bitterness, prejudice, hatred, narrow mindedness, anger, rage, complaints, blame, and react to live in a very negative way often. We tend to move fast and approach life as though we are in a big rush and want each of our experience to pass away as fast as it can. And in this mad rush to get out of this dirt filled lives of ours, we seldom stop to think and reflect upon ourselves. We never choose to spend time for ourselves and use it to collect our thoughts, reflect upon our life, analysis our actions, and appreciate the numerous blessings we experience daily in our lives. We never manage to pick ourselves out of our own dirt, dust ourselves and try to understand our lives in terms of purpose, direction, what is truly important for us.
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. ~Francesco Petrarch
Peace, wisdom, courage, acceptance, knowledge and all such things are truly found within us. We do not have to wait for a tragedy to force us to escape from our realities and go seek these in foreign lands miles away. We need not wait for a death, a divorce, a relationship breakdown or any such life altering calamities to take the time to learn from our surroundings, experiences and all that life has to offer us. We do not need to learn about acceptance, life challenges, appreciation and respect for others and our own lives in remote areas of this world. All of this can be done in our very own current individual lives. Like diamond in dirt, our most sought after things in life is often found buried deep within our cluttered mind, heart and self. All we need to do is take the time to stop, analyze, realize and clear our thoughts and mind. A short drive over a weekend, away from the clutter and mundane living, a few moments of self analysis, reflect upon our lives, our behaviours, our experiences and how we react to the things that happen in our lives will give us a very clear understanding of where we are going wrong. A little bit of self introspection and realization will give us abundance of wisdom and courage to approach our lives much more positively making our experiences much more gratifying, that gives us the happiness, success, wisdom and peace that we very much need.
With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. ~ Wayne Dyer
Several people find the act of cleaning very therapeutic. Be it cleaning your car, your room, your desk at work, the dishes, etc. It soothes your soul, organizes your thoughts, clears your mind, and gives you a sense of accomplishment and peace. So, clear your life and mind of the dirt and find peace.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. ~ Buddha