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Finding Peace

“Do something about it or make peace with it.”

I still remember the first time I heard this. A friend and I were cooling down from a swim. We were leisurely gliding up and down the pool, laid across our kickboards when she uttered the phrase. It was our time to catch up on each other’s lives, and I was expressing some turbulent times in my marriage. The phrase struck me because could it all be that simple? Do something about it or make peace with it, whatever it was, was that how you could release your mind of it?

Often times, when I’m faced with the dreaded it, I say this phrase to myself. Is it my something to do something about, or is it something I need to make peace with because it does not belong to me. If it is not mine, perhaps it belongs to another, and it is their path and challenge to take.

Funny thing is for a person like me doing something about that specific something is much easier than making peace with it. I look for ways I could make it better when, in fact, what I am doing is potentially ignoring that it which is mine to doing something about. That it that is someone else’s obsession that they are attempting to make peace with.

In your day to day life, if something weighs heavy on your mind, assess, is it my something, or does it belong to another? If it is not yours, move on and focus on that which belongs to you.

Your peace will come from doing that which belongs to you and potentially provide peace to others.

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Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

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  1. Peace of heart, inner peace is a desired goal in the chaos of our days, being “at peace with oneself” is not such an abstract and distant concept.
    Educating for inner peace is learning to grasp the hidden beauty of every being and thing, of creation, thus giving rise to a real attitude of understanding, love and friendship.

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