Leveraging on what “works” is the key to virtually all business success. In depth analysis through case studies on through books and stories tell all what worked and what did not. Even in cases where an individual’s approach ignored the wealth of lessons learned, the social scientist finds patterns repeated. In spite of this wealth of knowledge, divorce rates and other personal tragedies seem to be as high or even higher among those who are successful as compared with the population at large.
What is it that keeps life on track? How is it that some find peace and happiness, while others, even those with worldly success, seems doomed to repeating cycles of despair and pain? What does one do to find peace and hope?
Ironically, there is a lot of literature suggesting different ways of achieving peace. Believe in this, follow that, and the books suggest that the outcome will be automatic. Given the lack of a definitive success story perhaps we are missing the heart of the answer.
Could it be that our answer lies not in the steps but in our aim? Are we looking for peace at the cost of everything else (self esteem, family, money, etc.)? Do we want it all? What will we give up for true and lasting peace? Are you sure of your answer?
When I look at people who carry a sense of peace in their lives, they are often a mess. Material success is often missing. Disasters more often than not clutter their past. Pain is no stranger in their house. Yet, in spite of, or because of, they have peace and often major portions of hope.
There is one thing each holds in common. They are on an all consuming walk to know and travel with God. God is not something part-time; He/She fills the day completely – sleeping, eating, waking, and walking. God is the single sight, the only source of true wisdom.
“The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.” (Proverbs 14.8)