Recently, I was rereading a reflection by Iyanla Vanzant and she listed Peace as an acronym for Please Excuse All Crazy Experiences. We all have “crazy” experiences in our lives. By “crazy” I mean anything which causes us to be extremely enthusiastic or extremely angry, irritated, frustrated, agitated etc. Crazy can include all those experiences that take us to the extreme from being crazy about shoes (i.e. I know someone that has over 300 pairs of shoes and keeps buying them) to that place of extreme agitation and anger where one is in need of therapeutic care to help restore balance. Sometimes we have those experiences in our life, which can easily pull us off balance and make us feel “crazy”, such as pain, anger, loneliness, being tired, hunger, and sickness. I know when I am extremely tired, due to the lack of sleep I am experiencing, I have to work intentionally at staying focused and centered and am constantly asking the Ultimate to give me energy to balance out my tired.
We cannot always prevent the “craziness” from entering into our lives. It is just part of our daily lives. However, we can be intentional about how we respond to the “craziness.” We can ask that we be given what we need to rise about the “craziness.” We can shift the energy from one of “craziness” to “peace.” We can use our minds and our connection to the Ultimate to restore peace in our lives. So whenever you find the “craziness” sneaking into your life, stop, breathe, and ask your Higher Power to Please Excuse All Crazy Experiences.