There is a famous quote by Thomas Paine about his realization that the obstacles he was waiting to clear actually being his life. I remember when I too had the same realization: that waiting for my life to be perfect was going to be a loooooonnnnnngggggg wait.
Oh well. What if my life were good enough right at that moment? Right the way it was? And the way it would become if I kept showing up? And choosing? Truthfully, the good enough realization was a huge relief.
That’s why I like what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says in this quote.
“If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the Universe, and so winning peace at heart whatever obstacles we meet.”
The thing I like best about what he says is that we have the power. We don’t earn it. We don’t develop it. We have it the minute we realize we have it.
Then we make a choice to develop our innermost selves. This is independent of anyone else at all. No approvals or permissions needed. Maybe some inner forgiveness for not getting it sooner that this is an inside job, but so what? We get it when we get it and not before.
Then once we use our power and develop harmony, we win! I love this. I like to win. I like it when we all win. I like win/win even better than any other kind. We win. What do we win?
Peace at heart.
A gratifying, grace-ifying, internal only experience.
This is why I [heart] peace.