In my quest to find more joy and peace in life, presence has become absolutely key. When I choose to be still in my heart, all fear, anxiety, stress and frustration are cast aside. Recently I’ve been recognizing a phenomenon during random moments when I’m present that I refer to as “all is well” moments. These moments often surprise me, coming out of nowhere and arising from seemingly random events. However, when they come, I make a special effort to breathe them in and soak them up for as long as possible. Doing this energizes me and brings greater peace and happiness for the entire day.
“All is well” moments are when the whole world may be swirling wildly around you, but peace comes into your heart and you feel deeply that no matter what is going on, “all is well” in your life. I’m a sunny optimistic, so I even take it a step further, recognizing in these moments that “all is well AND perfect” in my life. Perfect to me simply means right. I don’t believe in accidents and I fully trust that every experience – painful or joyful – is for my learning and growth. Sometimes it’s difficult to be grateful for pain and struggle, but as I watch for and embrace “all is well” moments, no matter what the external circumstances are, I find inner peace.
As a woman of faith, I know these “all is well” moments come from God. They are tender mercies where I feel of His deep, abiding love for me. I am also strengthened to know that no matter how messy life may seem, “all can be well” and I can find true happiness and peace.
Here are some examples of recent “all is well” moments:
On days when I’m too “busy” to recognize “all is well” moments (for they just come, I can’t cause them to come, but by being peaceful and prayerful they have greater opportunity of coming), I find I am more stressed and less connected to my loved ones, God and my life. Striving to live in a way that I can feel “all is well” moments throughout the day is changing how I engage with my life. I’m going at it more peacefully and appreciating how happiness and peace are found in the little moments.
This makes it easier to not be deceived by the misconception that happiness and peace are found in arriving at desired destinations (i.e. 20 pounds thinner, $1000/month richer, cleaner house, smarter kids, recognition, etc.), but are instead found in the journey. I’ve lived much of my life where I would base whether or not “all is well” by the majority of moments in a day. If the majority were good, then life was good. If the majority were painful or stressful, then life was horrible, hard and difficult. This can be a very fragile and painful way to live, making it easier for everyone’s actions outside of you to rule your peace and happiness.
Seeking to do God’s will each day and then watching for “all is well” moments can bring greater peace and strength to life. Honoring the “all is well” moments in a day can shift your perspective to embrace more easily all that is good, wonderful and sweet in your life. This will in turn bring more goodness and sweetness into your life, no matter what the circumstances.
What “all is well”moments have you experienced lately? Watch today for “all is well” moments and see what comes of it. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!