Greetings and salutations my people! Forgive me for the brief hiatus; I’ve been working hard lately and sometimes current events have to take a backseat to personal events. Sometimes, a blogger has to take a moment to follow some of his/her own good advice. We must all take the time renew our minds and our spirits and purge ourselves of all negative auras. We should all set aside time every now and then to be at peace. I know I sound like a yoga instructor, but it’s true. Rest is today’s buzzword.
The “turn up” gets to be too intense and popular leisure activities can truly be more draining than a hard day’s work. Sometimes, we need peace more than we need a night out with friends. In the wake of Mike Brown’s death, the protests in Ferguson, the explosion of the #ALSicebucketchallenge videos, my moving to Florida, and all that these last few months have offered, I have been forced to learn the importance of such peace.
This peace is defined as ‘freedom from disturbance, or quiet and tranquility.’ On the subject of peace, Dr. Bruce Davis, writing for the HuffingtonPost.com, poses a question: “If there is no peace and quiet in our daily life, how can we know peace and quiet within ourselves?” My answer is that we can’t.
If we do not incorporate peace into our daily life, it is impossible to cloud our minds and spirits with the negativity of some music, television shows, and bad company to the extent that our souls begin to develop a negative aroma. Yea, listening to rap music may not make you shoot someone, but it will make you think about it. Just because the R&B crooner talks about stealing your lady doesn’t mean that anyone can or will, but I guarantee that you consider it as a possibility. Negative influences don’t usually affect us in grand and easily identifiable ways. Instead, after so much of the subtle prodding, we change form like beaches against the constant waxing and waning of the ocean. Negativity can chisel our joy right off us if we let it.
So, without continuing into a long diatribe, I want to simply challenge you to trust that by reading this, you’ve been made aware that you need rest. Trust that this message is specifically for you. Take the time to unplug from the rest of the world and find peace in silence. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Relax and recuperate.