“Peace is impossible to those who look on war. Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. (M-11.4)”
Affirmation: “I choose peace today.”
1 – A Long Time Ago
Early on in my study of A Course in Miracles I selected this passage as an affirmation. I typed it out and posted it at my office desk, just in front of my eyes on my bulletin board. And such peace the passage gave me. I was in a work environment that was not well-suited to me because there were political battles raging daily. Perhaps you too have found yourself in such a place. I determined that I would seek to carry out the advice in this passage at work, to my very best ability. And, while the environment did not appreciably change, I found a way to find a more congenial environment. The higher administration wrote to me, when I resigned, that I had been a “positive force” in the workplace. This in itself seemed to be evidence that these two statements in the passage for the day really do work when worked. We can effect change, even when we are not aware that anybody is noticing.
2 – A Summary
So the passage becomes as follows:
Look on war = peace impossible
Offer peace = peace inevitable
3 – Serene and Untroubled Mind
So this passage becomes motivation to live out our days with a serene and untroubled mind. We are not so perfect, though, that we will never get upset. But we will not entertain anger and attack. We will entertain peace. And the difference that this change of attitude will bring to our lives is incalculable.
Thank You for the ease with which this day has gone. I do know that I want to offer peace to those I encounter. And so conflict and “war” do not have to be my fate. Help me to remain true to this determination, this will to follow Your dictates.
Thank You for being with me today. The stress that all of us encounter has ended, for me, today, and for that I am especially grateful.