Are you unhappy with what you have or with where you are in life, and feel like you deserve better because you played by the rules and did everything right? Well, if you’re referring to the unwritten rules that required you to work hard, buy a home, raise a family and build your retirement account, it’s unfortunately time for a reality check. While those activities are undeniably worth striving for, the “rules” that supported them have been rendered irrelevant by societal and financial upheaval. What are the new rules? There are none.
Here’s the good news: It was never about social status, job security and financial security to begin with. It was never about your intended results, it was always about your intention. Were you doing all those things solely for your own benefit or were you endeavoring to be a positive force for good in the world? If by “doing everything right,” you meant making choices that were congruent with your highest, finest nature, and acting in every moment with integrity, kindness, compassion and humility, then nothing can touch you where you live, and nothing of value can be taken from you.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Can financial security bring peace of mind? It can, to some degree—but it cannot provide a deep, enduring sense of meaning and purpose. Ultimately, external security does not bring true peace. Rather, peace brings internal security, which renders external security superfluous.
Possession of material riches without inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.