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If It Costs You Your Peace, It’s Too Expensive

On this week’s installment of #WednesdayWisdom, I want to chat about peace, happiness, and when to stop trying so hard.

If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.

I saw this quote a little while ago and it hit me harder than I expected.  The timing of the quote could not have been timed any better; I was investing so much of my emotional energy into things that amounted to nothing, stressing about irrelevant work/life matters etc, ect.  Essentially I was giving up my peace for things that did not deserve the time and/or energy.

I’m quickly realizing that I have needs that go beyond work and money, and so do you. These needs are what makes you feel whole. Peace and fulfilment go hand in hand. Recently, I’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing to contribute to my sense of peace. I realized it was nothing. I’ve been pushing myself too far and too long without even stopping to consider what I’ve been missing. What I’ve been getting done looks really nice on paper but it doesn’t actually contribute to anything personal.

Give up the things that cause you stress. Give up the things that keep you up at night. Cultivate the things that make you actually happy. Spend your time wisely.  The stresses of life can wait. They can. If what makes you happy is doing things that create memories that you’ll look back on, do it! And just a note: I’m not saying that you should up and quit your job and travel the world (unless you want to), but just adjust your perspective. Just don’t put your personal happiness aside to create that ideal life that isn’t concurrent with what you want from your life. That’s way too high a cost.

I’ve been giving up my peace. I’m trying to take it back now. You should too.

Stay cozy!

Emily

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