• David Smeltz

The 12 Promises #4


4. We will comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peace.


I'm sitting here on a snowy day in Cleveland. It was 56 degrees yesterday and , obviously, no snow. I'm not here to complain about what the weather should or should not be like today. What I can say is that the weather is doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing - being weather. The weather is an an appropriate metaphor for the way my mind works. Sometimes snowy, sometimes sunny, sometimes a mix of rain and fog with a slight chance of sun later in the afternoon. There is a commonality with the weather and my thinking. That being said, then, the more I place my judgement upon how things should be or shouldn't be the more I cause my own suffering. And, the more I cause my own suffering the more I look to something outside myself to blame for my self inflicted turbulence. Yesterday evening I played music with some friends. It was not a very large crowd but those in attendance showed their appreciation by clapping after every song. I have so much gratitude for the knowledge to just allow situations to be as they are. It allows me to find serenity and peace in any situation. Prior to living this new way of life, my preference would have been to have lines stretching outside and down the sidewalk to get in. And that expectation would have been the "set up" for my dismay and suffering. By living life on life's terms I find acceptance in just the way things are and not how I want them to be or think they "should" be. This doesn't mean I have to agree with the situation but it does mean I must accept it for what it is. After packing up, loading / unloading equipment, and finally sitting at home after the gig, I felt at peace. Nothing to worry about, nothing to critique, nothing to change. Just accepting the moment. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. When I observe and not attach myself to the maelstrom of never ending activity and chaos which encircles this thing called "me" on a daily basis, then, I will be available to comprehend the word serenity. And, I will know peace.


There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

- William Shakespeare



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