Posted by: energywriter | December 28, 2015

Thoughts to Ponder – December 27, 2015

“Make your mind part of the world’s peace, instead of its fear, and I promise, life will get better and better.”

Martha Beck*

 We’re still wading through the winter holidays that continue through New Year’s Day. We try to focus on a season of peace and goodwill, but often get sidetracked and hit by the “winter blahs.” At home we may experience family dissention as we stand in the kitchen washing mounds of dishes, growling to ourselves, “This is the season of joy, dammit!” We may experience lack – of everything. Or we may be lucky enough to share our bounty with a family who cares.

As the holidays wind to an end, we stop celebrating long enough to watch the news and remember all the hate and violence that is occurring in our neighborhoods and around the world. We sigh and wonder if we are doomed to live this way forever.

I can say without doubt – NO. Just as Martha Beck says, if we set our minds on peace and act on that each day, our world will get better. I can hear you all saying, “Yeah, right.” However, it’s true. When we think peace and kindness, we act out our beliefs, often not even aware that we are doing it. Each act will affect another person.

Remember the old shampoo commercial. If you tell two people and they tell two people soon everyone will use this product. Just as telling others about shampoo will convince them to buy it, our actions will eventually create peace. World peace probably will not happen anytime soon, but at least we can make our own little corner of the world a friendlier place.

I can see you shaking your head in doubt. “You don’t know the jerks I have to deal with.” I, too, felt that way for many years. Then I became tired of feeling anger and stress in myself and those around me. I determined I would create calm for myself. Each day when I get up I state firmly, “I choose to be the best person I can be today.” As time passes I find that by making that choice, my actions become kinder. As a result I notice that people are kinder to me. That makes family life, friendships and the work place kinder. I want to be with those people, instead of feeling obligated to be there.


Thank you for this beautiful day. Even if it’s raining or snowing, the day is still beautiful. Thank you for knowing that if we become calm, life around us will become calm. Life can be wonderful, if we believe it to be so. We choose to act on that belief, knowing that all is happening for our highest good.

And, so it is.

* Daily Inspiration, Martha Beck, December 25, 2015

© by Sharon D. Dillon, December 27, 2015

Sharon D. Dillon,, “Laugh your way to peace, love and joy”

Chesapeake Bay Writers, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, Southern Humorists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists

Author of “Twins! Oh no!,” one of 14 stories in The Book of Mom: Reflections of Motherhood with Love, Hope and Faith, published by Available in print and e-format at



  1. Good written reminder for enjoying life.

    • Thank you, Linda. It helps that I have you and Sarah to keep me on track.

  2. I really like this Sharon. I do think that we spend too much time concentrating on fear and hate and not enough time on the peace and love we really want.

    • Thank you. I wish we could convince the fear mongers of that.

  3. Very nice, Sharon. And yes, I find if I approach life with a positive attitude, then my entire day improves. Well done.

    • Thank you, Carson. I thought you would what with your humorous outlook on life. Perhaps you can answer a question. Since I’ve started writing Thoughts to Ponder, I find fewer things to write humor columns about. It seems my brain always scans on to the little messages like Martha’s.

      • If that’s what catches your fancy as a writer, then that’s what you should write about. You do it well. 🙂

      • Thank you for your support, Carson. I appreciate the feedback.

  4. Thank you Sharon. That was very inspirational. Happy & Healthy New Year to you!

    • Thank you, Joanne, for the comment, good wishes and for following me. Am I following you? My brain gets foggy on that issue.

      • Now it worked. Hmmm???? Computers are above my paygrade. 🙂

  5. Nice observation. On the other hand, peace may be too simple for human being to understand and then simply practice.

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