10 Keys-to-Peace in Retirement Living
The keys-to-peace in life can be elusive because we live in an uncertain and dangerous world. This is especially true for the elderly approaching or already in retirement. Most of us feel more in control when we are young, strong and making our own way. This is, however, largely an illusion and as we grow older the reality of a lack of control becomes more apparent. The perception of loss of control causes anxiety and fear.
inner peace that we all need for a happy life cannot coexist with anxiety and
fear. Peace can be defined as the absence of anxiety and some would add the
absence of conflict. Anxiety is a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension,
often with no clear justification. Worrying about something bad that may (or
may not) happen tomorrow is not conducive to peaceful living at any age.
keys-to-peace would, then, have to include the elimination of anxiety and
avoidance of conflict. The truth is that all of us in this world are
vulnerable. How much control do any of us really have over the condition or
direction of our lives? This includes the young and the old in all nations of
the world. So how do we face our uncertain futures without some trepidation and
achieve the peace that we all desire and need?
can a person have inner peace if faced with a life threatening illness, have
experienced the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a job? We all react
differently under stress but trials and adversity comes into every life. Our
health and wellbeing depend on our attitude when faced with adversity. A
positive faith filled attitude will lead to positive outcomes and conversely a
negative attitude will lead to negative outcomes. Focusing on God and the
present will bring peace to our life.
little over a year ago, I had surgery to replace a valve in my heart. I knew
that they had to put me on a bypass machine that would artificially circulate
my blood so that they could operate on my heart. Going into surgery, I had no
fear and was at peace for two reasons. These were that my wife had found a
great world class surgeon and most importantly I knew that I was in God’s
hands. One of two things would happen. The first was that I would survive
surgery and return to my home in Indiana or my visit to this world would end
and I would return to my home with Jesus. One of the greatest keys-to-peace is leaning on the promises of God.
So what are the keys-to-peace in our lives? I believe that they would have to include the following:
- Connect with God and give your anxious thoughts to Him. Peace, joy and contentment come from knowing God, and having a personal relationship with Him. Achieve connection with God by studying and meditating on His Word and conversing with Him in prayer. This is the greatest of all the keys-to-peace.
to forgive and recognize that a forgiving spirit is at peace with
God but being unforgiving becomes increasingly painful and destructive. The
first step in learning to forgive others is to forgive ourselves for our
shortcomings and how we feel about others.
to let go of or avoid anger. Anger is a very destructive emotion and is far
more damaging to us than to the object of our
anger. As with all negative emotions anger is a matter of choice.
Instead of anger, bitterness, or revenge choose love.
anxiety by living in faith that tomorrow is in God's hands. It is certainly not
in ours. There are and will be bad days but we need to recognize that every day
is a gift from God.
to manage the stress in our life. Stress can be minimized by identifying and
changing how we look at conflict. Our own reactions to conflict causes stress
and managing stress starts with the control of our reactions.
during your free time to help those in need. Helping others in need can be very
therapeutic to the volunteer and is something that God wants us to do. Christ
loves us and commanded us to love one another as He loves us. Love is a very
powerfully positive emotion.
- Choose to be happy. Refuse to let circumstances rob you of
happiness. Find the positive in every circumstance.
- Stay connected with Friends and Family. It has been said
and I believe that a good and true friend is a gift from God. Such a friend is
a rare blessing to be both cherished and nourished. Maintaining a close network of family and friends is increasingly
important as we age.
thankful for what you have. Develop an attitude of gratitude with daily prayer
of praise and thanksgiving the first thing in the morning and the last thing at
on the Lord – His majesty, glory, goodness, faithfulness, and love for you. Daily
meditation can among other things reduce stress, lower blood pressure, lower
heart rate, and fill your heart and soul with peace.
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