By Brenda Grays, I Start Wondering Columnist
As I walked around the ship during a Caribbean cruise in July, I saw many people aboard who were of all cultures, sizes, shapes and ages. The passengers were enjoying family togetherness and party time. They were laughing, dancing, talking, making new friends, gambling, dining and trying new foods. Most of all, we were all unplugged during a week of vacation; there were no tablets or laptops in sight.
My Ah-Ha Moment!
I found a secluded spot that said “adults only.” As I looked out over the big blue sea, the word serenity came to mind; the view was calm, peaceful and untroubled. I started to meditate and think about the calmness of the sea. Looking toward the overcast sky, I suddenly saw the sun burst through the haze; it seemed that the clouds were just right there, close enough to touch.
I wondered if others actually took the time to find and enjoy peace during the cruise. I started reflecting on how my life has changed over the last 10-15 years, and how growing gracefully older has even surprised me. I have learned to accept things I cannot change and how to take a leap of faith. I have found my ability to surrender and have come to trust in my higher power, to let go and have faith in the outcome.
I have had the courage to change myself; this transition didn’t just happen overnight. After thinking how my life could be different, I started identifying my habits (which we all know can be our worst enemies). It took real focus and perspective to take a look at myself. Low and behold, I started facilitating Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People process, and I began to ask myself, “Is this how I really want to live?” This act of self-investigation was an act of courage.
There have been many hardships on the pathway of peace. We all confront obstacles in our life, yet somehow I have viewed these obstacles as opportunities for growth and learning.
In closing, I have chosen to surrender to my higher power. In doing so, I find myself living one day at a time and enjoying one moment at a time. Happiness is attainable – now and in the future.