There is this annoying disturbance I get every time I step into my car to go somewhere. A ding, ding, ding, ding, ding sounds, and continues to sound, like the incessant nagging of a child, until I respond to it by buckling my seat belt. In addition, the seat belt icon on my dashboard continues to flash on and off until I pay attention to it and do what I need to do to make it go away. When that happens there is peace. Peace and quiet and peace of mind because I made a connection; I put the pieces of my safety equipment together.
Sometimes I just ignore its sounds and signs because I’m in too big a hurry, too preoccupied, or too stubbornly stupid in thinking I don’t need to do this, I don’t need to do this now, you can’t make me do this, I will ignore it or just outlast it. But eventually my eyes and ears connect the annoyance to the better part of my brain that is telling me, check that, shouting to me to wake up and not be so stupid. So I get the message and do what I should and then all is well. And all is well not just because I made the sights and sounds go away but because I did something to secure my future. You see, peace is not just the absence of noise but the presence of well being.
I believe you know where this crucial conversation is going and perhaps it’s time to consider what sounds and signs are trying to get your attention so you can make the necessary connections to achieve some peace in what it is you are doing, where you are going, and who you are going with.
Cholesterol, blood pressure, or body weight too high? Ding! Ding! Ding!
Anger, apathy, arguments, impatience, complacency, self destructive habits? Ding! Ding! Ding!
Missed appointments, missed assignments, missed opportunities? Ding! Ding! Ding!
Energy gone. Motivation gone. Friends gone. Wife and kids about to be gone. Ding! Ding! Ding!
Peace and quiet is shouting for some peace and quiet. All is well is signaling for some all is well! And all it takes to achieve it is to do something about it; to not be so stupid as to remain being stupid in not buckling up the things that need buckling up.