“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”― François La Rochefoucauld
We’ve all known people who are restless and never satisfied. Often these types are blessed with better-than-average advantages in life, but they seem to end up agitated and critical no matter how many times they change scenarios. I think many of us go through phases, or at least have days, when we can sympathize with this sort of discontent.
Yet La Rochefoucauld does not speak of inner tranquility as a passive constant– note that he speaks of finding tranquility within. To me, this suggests that sometimes we do have to search for it, but we need to look first inside our own hearts and minds. Ultimately, externals do not determine whether we succeed in finding peace. Those who are continually blaming other people or tough circumstances for their unhappiness may be overlooking themselves as the most obvious influence on their own moods.
Having said that, let’s remember it’s possible to choose places, people and situations that will stack the deck in our favor when it comes to establishing a calm spirit. I hope you have at least a few tranquil places, serene people and beatific experiences to help center you deep inside when the storms rage outside. Lovely photos, soft music, scents of lavender and vanilla, a few deep breaths — there are many ways to light the path to the tranquil sanctuary we carry within us. I wish you a quick getaway to spend at least a few minutes there today!
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