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“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The present moment will never have all the conditions that are most conducive to peace and happiness. There will never be a day when there’s absolutely no struggle, conflict, or confusion.

We can decide this makes it impossible to ever be fully peaceful, or we can consider that peace isn’t about eliminating all challenges but rather accepting that life involves them. When you think about it, this is actually a gift. Through struggle we learn, evolve, innovate, and create. Without it, we’d grow stagnant.

Today if you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with the events in your professional or personal life, remind yourself there is no alternative to external conflict; but there is the possibility of finding a peace that both transcends it and turns it into something useful.

What could you do today to leverage your circumstances for your benefit, and what tension do you need to release to do that?

Lori Deschene is the Founder of Tiny Buddha. Read more about her on lorideschene.com or on Twitter @lori_deschene. Original article posted on http://tinybuddha.com/quotes/tiny-wisdom-on-peace-and-acceptance

“By accepting yourself and being fully what you are, your presence can make others happy.” -Jane Roberts

I suspect we all want permission to be exactly who we are–to accept ourselves instead of feeling unsure of ourselves, and then somehow find a balance between being and improving.

When we see someone else who appears to do that, despite their weaknesses and flaws, it’s immensely inspiring and gratifying. Why? Because we all want to believe that even if we can be better, there’s nothing wrong with being exactly who we are.

Yet only we can give that feeling to ourselves. No one else can validate us, support us, love us, inspire us, or motivate us to believe that we are enough. If we can find that magical feeling of being OK with being, we can give so much to the world around us, whether we realize it or not, because everyone wants to let themselves relax and simply be.

Today if you question yourself, doubt yourself, or otherwise feel down on yourself, remember: everyone does, but the moment when one of us finds the courage to stand strong, it has a ripple effect on everyone else. The question remains: which ones of us will be brave enough to love who we are today?

This post was republished from Tiny Buddha. Lori Deschene is the Founder of Tiny Buddha. Read more about her on lorideschene.com or on Twitter @lori_deschene. You can find the original post on http://tinybuddha.com/quotes/tiny-wisdom-on-being-fully-what-you-are/