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“If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves it is because self-knowledge is painful, and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.” ~Aldous Huxley

One of the advantages of aging is the vista in the rear-view mirror; it gets longer.

For those who seek peace, an accounting is often required, a taking stock of that view, and an acceptance of same, of exits taken and others bypassed.

That means owning one’s patterns, the repeated stops along the highway at the same scenic sites, over and over, providing the same damn view.

Lots of people—most, in fact—deny this, insisting that no, it was different stops, off different highways, and other people are to blame for the current location.

But there’s only one highway, ours, and we choose the exits, we choose the view.

Blaming a passenger for where you drive your car is convenient, perhaps, but hardly an indication of reality.

Ah, the pleasures of illusion.

So seductive, but boy, does it prevent peace from taking root.

Developing a peaceful spirit comes at a cost, the relinquishment of veneers and what if’s and if only’s.

Truth can be a bitter pill.

But it is necessary: it frees up needed space to make room for peace to enter.

Like any good investment plan, it’s simply short-term pain for long-term gain.

“Peace is a process of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than how you think it should be.” ~Wayne Dyer

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