Traditions and Peace
We might talk about peace during Christmas and New Year and yet these holidays are often not peaceful at all. A tradition is an external story. Not everyone wants to hold the same story found within a tradition.
Traditions will disrupt a person when the tradition’s expectations go against their baseline story. Shaping our own story to external stories often create conflict. Rather than going straight to a fight, it’s possible to be flexible around the tradition to find a middle ground. For instance, instead of matching your story to the holiday baseline try to use the holiday as a break from your normal routine.
Traditions are fun when they break you out of routine, expose you to new potentials, give you a chance to rest or connect to people. Traditions suck when they take you away from a balanced life. When you feel a tradition sucks, then that tradition’s story has come into conflict with your own story.
Don’t let a tradition derail your life.
- Use a tradition as a chance to break out of routine.
- Use ideas from the tradition as inspiration for improving your daily life routines.
- Use conflict from others within the tradition as motivation to remove toxic people from your life.
- Use any frustration from the tradition as a chance to examine your own life and choices.
- Don’t let the tradition become stagnant in routine. Keep it fresh.
- You can also evolve your traditions!
- Why not start new traditions?
For instance, instead of limiting yourself to one new year resolution, why not let each new day inspire you. To let each day be a new year.