4 Qualities of Peace
Peace is a priceless virtue. People will like you for being peaceful, and you will be rewarded for it. So many times, we are caught up in meetings to attend, people to meet, and fights with siblings or partners. We don’t realize the importance and benefits of peace.
In order to have peace and offer it to others, it involves some actions to consider:
1. Don’t cause strife. Benjamin Franklin was very argumentative, he was smart and intelligent. Franklin was a leading author, printer, philosopher, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, businessman, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. The man was a big shot and he knew it. He was so argumentative, that when people saw him walking towards them on the sidewalk, they would cross the muddy road. Getting their thousand dollar clothes and shoes all dirty just to avoid talking to him. After Mr. Franklin noticed this seven times, he asked a friend, “Hey, why do people cross the muddy street when they see me walking towards them?” His friend replied, “They don’t like how much strife you cause. You always try to prove your point.” From then on Benjamin Franklin became a man of peace and comfort, soft-spoken and a joy to be around. See, it doesn’t matter about your accomplishments or fame. If you cause strife between yourself and others, you will never find peace in any situation.
2. Think before you speak. Did you know that if you have ten thoughts, nine of them shouldn’t be said?! I have trouble with this a lot, when I was working for a Summer camp in North Carolina I never took this fact to heart. Until one day when I was working and my boss told me to do a certain task. And I told him, “There’s no way you’re going to make me do that.” He should have fired me, but instead, he made me sit down and watch all of the other workers do the task I should have been doing. I didn’t think before spoke, I just acted out of emotion, which led to me almost getting fired.
3. Say you’re sorry. I heard a story of guy named Tom and his girlfriend Mary. Tom liked football, and Mary like baseball. After seven months of dating, Tom said at a party to some friends, “Man, I can’t stand going to baseball games. They’re boring and it sometimes takes forever for the batters to get on base.” Tom’s friend Nick asked, “Then why do you go?” Tom replied, “Because I’d rather spend part of my life watching David Ortiz strikeout, than spending my whole life without Mary.” Tom had the good intention of sacrificing, but little did he know Mary was listening behind him. A couple weeks went by and Tom could tell Mary was upset. She wasn’t very talkative, she didn’t laugh as much, they were fighting a lot more, there was no peace. And she didn’t want to go to the Red Sox game that weekend. One day as they were driving, Tom asked Mary, “Babe, I don’t know what I’ve said or done to hurt you, but I’m sorry.” Mary gave him a big huge. Sometimes you just need to say "I’m sorry if I’ve done anything to hurt you." Even if you can't remember the offensive thing you said.
4. Don’t be anxious. I remember a point in time when I was so concerned about the next interview I was going to get. The next voice I was going to record for the audience, and the next face I was going to meet. I was never focused on the person I was interviewing at the moment. Until I heard an interview with Larry King who said, “I was never concerned with the little things that were always going to be provided instead, I focused on the now.” Not being anxious not only brought him success. But also, peace.
In conclusion, to have peace and success you must not cause strife, think before you speak, say you’re sorry and don’t be anxious.
Personally, I'm going to work on thinking before I speak.
Which one of these suggestions will you be willing to start working on first?