Daily Archives: September 30, 2013

The Peaceable Life

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 

—–1 Timothy 2:1&2

The peaceable life is one of the most elusive objectives of all time. A study at Duke University produced the following list of behaviors that help bring us to a peaceable life. I share them with you.

  • The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
  • Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
  • Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
  • Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
  • Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
  • Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues love, humor, compassion and loyalty.
  • Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
  • Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.

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