The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.- Marcus Tullius Cicero
The fruit of silence is tranquility. African Proverb
That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. Mevlana Rumi
Tranquility is a state of mind. Few achieve it. Some go to great lengths trying to find it. It is not something we find. It is created and achieved; more an attitude of mental discipline than something we find by searching.
To be free from stress and strain is not easily done. The “grind” and pressures of daily living apply to everyone. Life is fast; demanding, disappointing, frustrating, and full of “bumps and bruises”. It is like a giant roller coaster that will not let us off easily. “It is a mile a minute”. It keeps on going, wearing us down physically and mentally. We know all this pressure is bad for us, but we have problems escaping from its influence.
In a sense, to achieve “tranquility”, we have to “escape” from this world. An example may be those who buy a cabin in the woods to get away. Henry D. Thoreau wrote about escaping to the woods around Walden Pond to escape daily life back in the early 1800’s. Many have attempted to find tranquility by relocating themselves to different circumstances. Some do this physically, others do this mentally.
Through mental self-discipline, we can learn to largely control our emotions and responses. We can control our mental and physical reactions rather than letting our “subconscious” dominate us. Choosing how to respond to stress and strain is more desirable. Learning to be “cool, calm and collected” adds to the quality of our life. It requires an attitude of tranquility and freedom from being overly pressured. Letting some things go, and “not sweating small things” are skills we can learn to employ. When people are rude and thoughtless, requires maintaining composure and avoid getting upset. Traffic jams and bad drivers should not make us lose our “cool”. When negative things confront us, we must learn to maintain proper perspectives.
These things requires exercising conscious control. We choose how Life’s activities affect us. We have a menu of life style choices. Living life with “peace and tranquility” is something we can choose over “rat race”, “a mile a minute”, “keeping up with the Jones” and so many more. We can choose to have peace of mind and freedom from stress and strain. A tranquil life style is possible. We may even find joy and happiness as the ultimate reward getting included when we choose a life of tranquility.
Challenge: On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you score yourself on tranquility? If you score low, are you looking to find tranquility? It requires “baby steps” and “eating the elephant one bite at a time”. Avoid reacting automatically, both mentally and physically. Take control of your responses. Avoid losing your “cool” especially over things you have little or no control. Build on one success at a time. Choose the “higher road”. Be cool.
Wisdom: The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Life is giant emotional roller coast that often goes much too fast to be fun. It is non-stop, jerking us up and down and around at very high speeds. It will not let us off and makes us stay on board. We may be more of a prisoner than passenger. It does not have to be this way. God wants us to have mastery over the world rather than being slave to it. We cannot do this in our own strength. If we will reach out, He will give us the strength we need.
Prayer: Help me to have the strength to live life as it should be lived; to be free rather than as a slave.