Few people in the world today manage to achieve serenity: that calm, inner peace that gives them strength and happiness.
This thought made me turn again to one of the finest pieces of writing ever done on this subject, AS A MAN THINKETH, by James Allen. In the last part of his little essay, he wrote,
“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”
“It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of human thought.
A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. As he develops a right understanding and sees more and more the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve. He remains poised, steadfast, serene.”
“The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others, and they, in turn, revere his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn from him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater in his success, his influence, his power for good.”
Allen goes on to write, “Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable.”
“The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.”
“He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold. How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life, a life that dwells in the ocean of truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm.
“How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control.”
“How few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!”
And James Allen ends his essay with the words, “Tempest-tossed souls, wherever ye may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this…in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your mind firmly upon the helm of thought.”
The essay ends with, “In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep-wake Him! Self-control is strength; right thought is mastery, calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace – be still!” Just something to think about today.