So many people spend, or dream of spending, fortunes on homes, toys, clothes, travel, and experiences in search of it.
People spend endless hours on head-doctor couches in search of it too …
Yet, it is free.
It is the fountain of youth – it is peace, it is calm. It is human and humane. It will show up without notice and disappear just as quickly.
You can’t put a fence around it or lock it in a trunk, can’t order it online, or ship it anywhere …
Peace of mind.
I could offer you a piece of mine, but it won’t give you what you need – and the reverse won’t work either, because we all need to find it ourselves.
Two bits of wisdom guide me in this pursuit; the words of Dr. Viktor Frankl, who said in his book Man’s Search For Meaning, “I get to choose how I react to what is happening to me.” – for which he must have been thinking of as guidance for low impulse control people like me, and the words of Dr. Sigmund Freud, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. Love and work... work and love, that's all there is.”
Just because they were famous head-doctors does not mean they are right at all, or for everyone, but I find value in their words. I choose work and I seek love – and when I collide with either, I get to choose how I react.