I could see peace instead of this

Posted on December 9, 2012


I’m working my way slowly through A Course in Miracles. Today’s lesson was: I could see peace instead of this. I’m supposed to say this whenever I feel myself getting stressed out, frustrated or irritated. So, basically, I’m supposed to utter this phrase throughout the entire day.

The toys that are strewn all over the house even though I just cleaned it 10 minutes ago? I could see peace instead of this. 

The unexpected huge bill when I’m trying to do my Christmas shopping and stay within my budget? I could see peace instead of this. 

The annoying dog the neighbors just brought home from the shelter who barks incessantly at 3am? I could see peace instead of this. 

I’m not actually sure how any of this is peaceful, but when I say this phrase, there is a bit of a shift.

The toys are indicative of an adventurous little boy. The unexpected expense just means I may have to find more creative ways to show people I love them instead of just buying them stuff. The dog who barks throughout the night… well, I’m still not sure how I could see peace instead of this. That damn canine is driving me crazy.

Then again, writing about my own struggles applying these spiritual principles makes me laugh. Which, yeah, in a way, is kind of like peace. 

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