Serenity Sunday: Pondering Decisions to Promote Peace and Prevent Drama

Peace … NOT Drama!

It’s Serenity Sunday, a day to reflect on peacefulness and the things, situations, and people who contribute to or detract from serenity in our lives.

Sometimes the need to make decisions can be frustrating and overwhelming. There are far too many things going on these days that can bring way too much drama and chaos into our lives. Many times we can either promote peace or lack thereof simply by what we say or how we act.

Decisions, decisions. They’re in our face all the time, every day. They also range from minor, like choosing what clothes to wear, or what food to eat — to life-changing, such as a career change or lifestyle change. But is it possible for decision-making to also be a serene, peaceful time for us?

I sometimes second guess decisions, such as pursuing my Doctor of Education degree, since it took up more than seven years of my life. However, now that I am officially Dr. Banks, it has ultimately been worth it.

Another decision I made last year was to only operate TWO blogs instead of several. This allows me to devote more time to other endeavors. I also post daily on my Words of Encouragement blog, for those of you who might like to read daily inspiration, devotions, and scripture.

I can say honestly that the eventual outcome of those two decisions HAS brought more serenity into my life!

 

Sometimes we do have to make tough decisions, and they’re often emotionally draining, but they are for our ultimate peace of mind. I think this quote especially embodies that concept.

 

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me.

I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.

I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons.

I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.

In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.

Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals.

And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

Most often attributed to Meryl Streep —

Actually written by Portuguese

self-help author/life coach José Micard Teixeira

 

So What About YOU?

 

Do you find it easy to make decisions?

 

Have you recently had to make any life-changing decisions?

 

 

 

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21 comments to “Serenity Sunday: Pondering Decisions to Promote Peace and Prevent Drama”

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  1. Jillian Spellman - August 13, 2017 Reply

    I recently met someone through my mom that was nothing, but drama. I had to cut her off quick because I like to have peace in my life, not drama.
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  2. Donna - August 13, 2017 Reply

    This morning my husband and I read a scripture with the phrase “by small and simple things great things are brought to pass” there are so many small and simple things we can do. If we want peace we are peaceful, if we want kindness we do kind things, if we want love, we give love. This gives me hope.

  3. Jenn and Ed Coleman - August 13, 2017 Reply

    I like this serenity Sunday idea. A day each week to reflect and unwind would go a long way to preventing drama. We have a hard enough time keeping up with one blog. It’s hard to imagine two (or more). You must really practice peace.
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  4. Glenda Cates - August 13, 2017 Reply

    I have decided no, matter what happens in life that I am not going to deal with “DRAMA” of any kind and will walk away from anything causing it as life is to short to put up with it.
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  5. Candy - August 13, 2017 Reply

    I can make decisions but with that being said it has been a year to year progress. Enjoyed reading this post because I couldn’t agree more.

  6. Jenn @ EngineerMommy - August 13, 2017 Reply

    Making decisions is not always easy for me. Sometimes I try to analyze and reanalyze every option too much. I really have to work on a bit more spontaneity.

  7. Censie Sawyer - August 13, 2017 Reply

    after a few years of some very negative issues with one part of our family we have decided to step away for our own serenity and mental health. Making choices like this are really hard sometimes but the bottom line is that your own health and sanity is worth those choices.
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  8. Adrianne Betz - August 13, 2017 Reply

    I am in the process of deciding whether I should finish my Master’s or not. I would love to do it but at the same time, I think it might be a waste of time and money.

  9. Lily Ashley - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. My life has been so in drama but i am always cutting it off and focus on being positive.

  10. AnnMarie John - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I’ve learned to cut people from my life, those who are toxic and who just keep pulling me down. We don’t want to make that decision but we sometimes have to, to make our lives better.

  11. Sarah Bailey - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I like the idea of serenity sunday, taking some time to think about all that is going on and reflect on those things and people around you and how you can make your life just a little bit calmer.
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  12. Jeanine - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I don’t make decisions lightly anymore. You only live once and to me the longer I take the ponder the longer it takes to get things done and accomplished! I dont like drama so get things dont quickly and as drama free as possible.

  13. Betty Boiron - August 14, 2017 Reply

    This is a wonderful idea, especially for a Sunday, to sit back, think about peace, what is causing drama in your life and refocus for the coming, hectic week!

  14. Victoria Heckstall - August 14, 2017 Reply

    Making decisions is not easy for me. Sometimes I try to review every options much as possible. And I hate so much DRAMAS. I’d like to have a peace of mind. No dramas, no problems. Lol!!

  15. Stephanie Pass - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I make a ton of decisions and usually stick with them unless there is a serious problem. Then I begin to doubt myself. But, mostly I stick with what I decide.

  16. Erin F - August 14, 2017 Reply

    Oh I agree, I sometimes second guess decisions too! My husband always gets on me about it! He says I need to make up my mind!

  17. Ali Rost - August 15, 2017 Reply

    Sundays have always been my favorite day of the week. I love the slower beat and my husband and I always spend time together. I too shun drama and find I’m so much happier if I can avoid situations (and people) that bring it our way. Life is far too short and I’d rather focus on other things. x

  18. David Elliott - August 15, 2017 Reply

    Sometimes I feel like I always have life changing decisions to make as I have a daughter that I always have to help make decisions with. I don’t know. It’s difficult sometimes. I do agree and feel like we should be more peaceful and at peace.
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  19. The Juander Woman - August 15, 2017 Reply

    This week I am committing to start relaxing and reflecting at least once a week. Ive been up and about since the beginning of the year and a good pause once in a while would be beneficial. 🙂
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  20. Brandi H - August 15, 2017 Reply

    Great quotes! Congratulations on becoming a doctor. That was probably a great decision. Good job.

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