In many cultures, we have the attitude that our worth is only measured by doing or achieving. We demand so much of ourselves that we think that by allowing ourselves to be at peace, we are wasting time.
In fact, often it is our retreat from the world which serves us and the world the most. We might leave a situation, however difficult, and retire to contemplate. Not merely turning things over to justify our egos, but genuinely seeking insight. Finding the new and creative way to see the situation so that when it comes we can face it, with open countenance and open heart.
Or perhaps to simply allow ourselves to take a break, to experience peace as fully as possible, to cherish our own souls without expectation that it will serve anything but that moment. In the end we might find that our enjoyment of peace is what serves the world the most.
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